Advocacy Events

We maintain relationships with elected officials throughout the year, and often invite them to visit our member schools so they can see our work in action.
If you’re interested in hosting your legislator, contact Kent Trofholz, OACCS Executive Director.

Ohio Representative Jim Butler (House District 41) spent some time at the campus of Fortis College – Centerville on February 8, 2016 with President Richard Mallow, OACCS Executive Director Kent Trofholz and Dr. Diana Lawrence (current Ms. Ohio) exploring how Ohio’s career colleges meet the needs of many of Ohio’s adult students. Kent Trofholz explains that these visits are a critical piece of the OACCS Legislative effort because they provide first hand experiences and information about what OACCS members are doing in Ohio.

Left to right: Kent Trofholz, Rep. Jim Butler (District 41), Richard Mallow, President, and Dr. Diana Lawrence

Sen. John Eklund visited Fortis College on January 25, 2016. Welder Ginger Patterson talks with state Sen. John Eklund during a tour of Fortis College in Ravenna on Monday. Patterson, one of the first women in the school’s welding program, is now working for United States Fittings in Twinsburg. Ginger Patterson learns welding at Fortis College[/caption] Eklund toured the school along with Kent A. Trofholz, executive director of the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools, Ravenna Mayor Frank Seman and Fortis College officials. Patterson said she became interested in welding as a youngster because her father would weld at home. Ginger Patterson learns welding at Fortis College.

It was always an interest, she said. “As soon as I touched a torch, I loved it,” Patterson said. She commuted to classes at Fortis from her home in Niles. “It was worth it. The school is great and the instructors are all certified. Classes were small so you could get individual attention,” she said.

Kent Trofholz, Executive Director OACCS, Sonya Hartburg President Fortis College, Sen. John Eklund (Ohio District 6), Frank Seman Mayor of Ravenna

On January 18, Rep. Ron Young (Ohio House District 6) met with OACCS Executive Director Kent Trofholz, board president Dr. Jim Ploskonka,and Hunter Wright from Tom Pappas and Associates to discuss ways of expanding opportunities for Ohio’s high school students in career colleges.

Hunter Wright, Rep. Ron Young, Kent Trofholz, Jim Ploskonka

On December 16, 2015 Ohio Representative Rick Perales (73rd District) met with Greg Shields,Executive Director of Brightwood College, and Kent A. Trofholz, Executive Director of OACCS to tour the college, meet teachers and students to learn how career colleges are a powerful component in building a Ohio’s viable Workforce Development goals.

Greg Shields, Brightwood College, Rep. Rick Perales (73rd District), Kent Trofholz, OACCS


At the 2015 OACCS Faculty and Career Service Conference and Annual meeting held October 30, 2015, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor
was in attendance to accept the 2015 Distinguished Governmental Service Award for Governor John Kasich. The award recognized the Kasich Administration’s prioritization of adult workforce training and apprenticeships. Certainly Kasich’s legacy will include his innovations in workforce development and focus on alignment of education and training systems to meet the needs of employers and create jobs. His support of Ohio’s Career Colleges and Schools extends from providing commencement addresses to meeting with members of our in private session…and grilling us a bit on how OACCS schools and colleges meet the needs of non-traditional students.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor accepts award