One-Year Option: Educators

What is the One Year Option?

The One Year Option was established by House Bill 59 and allows graduate from Ohio Technical Center 600 or greater hour programs to earn a block of technical credit toward an Associates of Technical Studies. The goal of this initiative is to create a statewide agreement for awarding technical credit in addition to current statewide agreements such as Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs). In order to soundly affirm awarding a block of credit for the One Year Option, four credit affirmation teams have been established in the following areas: Business and IT, Health, Services and Agriculture, and Trades. These teams are currently in the process of reviewing all applicable 900+ hour OTC programs. As teams finish reviewing the 900+ hour programs, the teams will review the applicable 600- 899 hour OTC programs.


How is the One Year Option different than Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs)?

There are several differences between the One-Year Option and Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs).

Degree Type Awards students a block of credit toward an ATS degree Awards students credit that can be applied to a variety of associate’s degrees (AAS, AAB, AIS, ATS)
Credit Application Awards a block of technical credit that applies to a general degree (ATS) and does not align to specific courses Awards a block of credit that may be applied to a specific degree type and  specific course requirements
Career Goal Awards students a general degree (ATS) that may be viewed as fitting those careers and job positions when the employer is neutral as to the degree earned Award course credit to more specific degrees that may be viewed as the standard within an industry and/or are required to take a licensure or registry exam
Program Completion Awards students in a 900+ clock hour program with an approved industry credential, 30 technical credit hours towards an ATS degree Awards students between 3 and 30 credits with the average number of credit hours being 14 credit hours


What requirements do students need to meet in order to be eligible for the One Year Option?

To be eligible for the One Year Option, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a 600 or greater hour program at an Ohio Technical Center
  2. Hold an industry-recognized credential(s) approved by the Chancellor
  3. Meet the credentialing pathway requirements as determined by the applicable credit affirmation team

Please note that the credit affirmation teams are in the process of reviewing all of the 900+ hour programs and as teams finish reviewing these programs, the teams will review programs 600-899 hours in length. The webpage will be updated as programs are reviewed and pathways created.


What credentials are required for a specific pathway?

The list of currently approved pathways and credentialing requirements can be found at the below excel link.


What research was involved in affirming these pathways?

Please see below for links to templates that show the research and rationale for awarding a block of technical credit to the currently approved pathways.


Who was involved in the One Year Option review process?

The Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education convened four credit affirmation teams (CATs) to conduct a peer review of programs and certifications for affirmation for a block of technical credit.  The CATs were organized by four discipline clusters: Health and Allied Health, Building and Industrial Technology, Business and Information Technology, and Services. CATs are working to affirm that programs over 900 hours, articulate to a block of 30 technical credit hours.  For programs between 600-899 hours, the teams are working to affirm a proportional amount of technical credit. Please see below for a list of credit affirmation team co-chairs and team members.

Additionally, prior to the review process, the Chancellor convened a broad group stakeholders to develop a system of articulation for the One Year Option that was presented in a report to the legislature called, “Getting to 30: Establishing a One Year Option Credit Articulation System for Ohio.” Please see below for a list of who was a part of this initial steering committee.

Credit Affirmation Teams

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a team member who will soon step down from their designated role. 

Business & IT Team

Name Role Title Institution Phone Email
Scott Halm Co-Chair Associate Dean, Business/Information Technology Cuyahoga Community College 216-987-5020
Amy Leedy Co-Chair Adult Education Director Miami Valley Career Technology Center 937-854-6051
Daniel Deckler Member Interim Dean  University of Akron Wayne College 330-972-8940
Carleen Dotson Member Information Technology Program Manager Tri-County Adult Career Center 740-753-5464
Angelo Frole Member Dean, Business & Engineering Technologies Columbus State Community College 614-287-5020
Jeanie Haapalainen Member Business Office Technologies/Medical Billing and Coding Instructor Ashland County West Holmes Career Center 419-289-3313
Fran Halder Member Assistant Dean Kent State University at Tuscarawas 330-308-7435
Tony Hills Member Computer Science Instructor Northwest State Community College 419-267-1354
Larry Ray Member Department Chair/Associate Professor of Information Technology Stark State College 330-494-6170 ext. 4918
Greg Timberlake Member Dean, Business, Industry & Technology North Central State College 419-775-4740
Tina Trombley Member Information Technology Programs Coordinator Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County 740-364-2254


Health Team

Name Role Title Institution Phone Email
Emeline Kelly Co-Chair Manager of Nursing Education programs  Tri-Rivers Career Center  740-389-4681 ext. 514
Vicky Wood Co-Chair Vice President & Chief Academic Officer Marion Technical College 740-389-4636
Chad Brown* Co-Chair Provost & Executive Vice President Zane State College 740-588-1231
Kelly Darney* Co-Chair Adult Education Director Columbiana County Career & Technical Center 330-424-9561 ext. 146
Darline Foltz Member Educator of Health Information Systems Assistant Professor University of Cincinnati: Clermont College 513-732-5238
Jennifer Hall Member Associate Dean, Health & Public Safety Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 513-569-1297
Stacy King Member Pharmacy Technician Program Manager Tri-County Adult Career Center 740-753-5464
Barbara Mikuszewski Member Associate Dean, Health Careers/Sciences Cuyahoga Community College 216-987-4497
Deborah Neal Member Health Programs Administrator Scioto County Career Technical Center 740-259-5526 ext. 1113
Jami Nininger Member    Supervisor of Medical Programs Knox County Career Center 740-393-2933 ext. 1154
Kathy Wilcox Member Dean, Health, Human, & Public Services Clark State Community College 937-328-6060


Services & Agriculture Team

Name Role Title Institution Phone Email
Dione De Mitro  Co-Chair Director of Student Success Lakeland Community College 440-525-7513
Carol Gittinger Co-Chair Adult Education Director Great Oaks Career Campuses 513-771-8881
Pam Hunt* Co-Chair Curriculum & Instruction- Manager Great Oaks Career Campuses 513-612-3608
Harry Snyder* Co-Chair President/ CEO Great Oaks Career Campuses 513-612-5780
Carissa Anderson Member Assistant Dean, Regional Higher Education  Ohio University 740-593-4768
Janeil Bernheisel Member Manager, Curriculum, Transfer and Articulation Sinclair Community College 937-512-3145
Linda Bumiller Member Adult Education Coordinator Miami Valley Career Technology Center 937-854-6057
Kelly Herold Member Assistant to the Dean, Strategic Initiatives University of Akron 330-972-8832
Stan Jones Member  Senior Faculty, Horticulture  Kent State University at Salem 330-332-0361
Phyllis O'Connell Member Early Child Care Educator Polaris Career Center 440-891-7682


Trades Team

Name Role Title Institution Phone Email
Barbara Wagner Co-Chair Adult Director Upper Valley Career Center 937-775-1078
Kelly Zelesnik Co-Chair Dean, Engineering and Information Technologies Lorain County Community College 440-366-7028
John Buttelwerth Member Instructor Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 513-569-1758
Tim Conley Member Instructor, Welding Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center 740-772-4795
Carl Hilgarth Member Professor and Department Chair, Engineering Technologies Shawnee State university 740-351-3595
Jeffrey Jones Member Diversified Industrial Trainer/Coordinator Ashland County West Holmes Career Center 419-512-2599
Larraine Kapka Member Assistant Dean, Science, Mathematics and Engineering Sinclair Community College 937-512-4501
Andrew Milks Member Associate Professor, Engineering and Science Technology University of Akron 330-972-2449
Mike Sizemore Member Supervisor, Construction Miami Valley Career Technology Center 937-854-8488
Brad Teeters Member Senior Instructor, Department of Engineering Technology Shawnee State University 740-351-3562

One-Year Option Steering Committee


Dan Burklo Dean of Math, Science and Engineering Technologies Northwest State Community College 419-630-6547
Dorey Diab President North Central State College 419-755-4811   CC:
Stephen Nameth Dean, Columbiana County Campuses, KSU (East Liverpool & Salem) Kent State University @ RC 330-332-0361
Kristi Nelson Senior Vice Provost University of Cincinnati 513-556-4691
Karen Miller Vice President Enrollment Manaagement & Student Affairs Cuyahoga Community College 216-987-3471
Dennis Franks Superintendent Pickaway-Ross CTC 740-642-1200
Kim McKinley Director, Adult Education Tri-County Adult Career Center 740-753-5465
Sonja Pluck Director Madison Adult Career Center 419-589-6363
Harry Snyder Director, Adult Workforce Development Great Oaks Career Campuses 513-612-5780
Vicki Thompson Adult Education Director Trumbull Career & Technical Center 330-847-0503 ext. 1601



Tom Applegate Executive Director Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents 512-797-7271
William A. Bussey Superintendent Mid-East Career & Technology Ctrs. 740-454-0105 Ext. 117
Christine Gardner Executive Director Ohio ACTE 614-890-2283
Cindy McQuade Vice President of Operations Inter-University Council of Ohio 614-464-1266
Mike Snider Project Coordinator and Project Director Ohio Association of Community Colleges 614-221-6222
Steve Gratz Director, Career and Technical Education Ohio Department of Education