CHILLICOTHE - Gary Robinson, supervisor of Career & Technical Education programs at Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center, has been elected president of the Ohio Trade and Industrial Education Supervisors Association (OTIESA).
Robinson, of Russell, Kentucky, has been a member of the association since 2007. He joined Pickaway-Ross in 2011.
As OTIESA president, Robinson has been appointed to the SkillsUSA State Executive Committee, which organizes and regulates the career technical student organization (CTSO) activities for more than 17,000 career-tech students in Ohio.
That role will gel with his goal to provide more opportunities for CTSO students to network with business and industry.
"There is a huge gap between retiring blue-collar workers and new workers," Robinson said. "Industry is expressing a need and wanting to develop relationships with qualified entry-level employees."
A long-time career-tech educator, Robinson said he is proud to lead a group that is responsible for informing career-technical administrative supervisors of changes in today's CTE world.
"With more than 80 career center districts in Ohio, working with colleagues from around the state benefits all of us in career-tech education," Robinson said.