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Career and Academic Connections - Staff Functions

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Career and Academic Connections Coordinator

Kelly Arrington (405) 743-5159 email:

Kelly coordinates career guidance programs in Oklahoma technology centers and plans and assists staff in implementing statewide career guidance and advisement system direction.

Contact for information regarding:

  • Guidance state and federal legislation issues
  • Technology center career guidance and advisement program issues
  • Technology center guidance accreditation/evaluation
  • OkACTE Guidance Division
  • Guidance Grants
  • National Career Development Strategies
  • ODCTE CAC division staff
  • Career Guidance professional development (conferences, workshops, etc.)
  • Public school career guidance programs

Coordinator of Career and Employment Information Services

Jo Kahn  (405) 743-5404  email:

Jo coordinates and develops web based career information and guidance products and services, coordinates development, dissemination, and training of the Oklahoma Career Information System (OKCIS), and provides support to workforce development professionals .

Contact for information regarding:

  • OKCIS - Oklahoma's Career Information System
  • Career and Academic Connections website
  • Workforce development/job placement issues
  • Technology center job placement accreditation/evaluation
  • Use of labor market and occupational information in workforce development and career guidance
  • Electronic career guidance products
  • Oklahoma Association of Career and Employment Professionals - OACEP Advisor
  • Professional development for the use of electronic career guidance products in the classroom
  • Workforce Investment Act issues
  • WorkKeys
  • GirlTech
  • UEP—Universal Encouragement Program
  • Peterson’s Test Prep information

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Vick   (405) 743-5162   email:

Cynthia provides technical assistance and support to all Career and Academic Connections staff.

Contact for information regarding:

  • Technology Center personnel information
  • OKACTE Guidance divisional information
  • Summer Conference information and other events
  • Standard Guidance/Career Information products
  • Registration for conferences and workshops

Career  Development Specialist

Roberta Douglas   405-743-5425

Individual manages, provides technical assistance and support training for the Online Career Development System . She provides support for Career and Academic Connections products and activities.

Contact for information regarding:

  • Online Career Development System
  • Labor Market information
  • Occupational Information
  • UEP—Universal Encouragement Program
  • Peterson’s Test Prep information

Academic Coordinator

Tommi Leach   (405) 743-5524  email:

Tommi provides consultation, and leadership in working with academic/career advisement and plan of study development with middle school, high school, and tech center/postsecondary guidance systems, in addition to transcripting and course code information.

Contact for information regarding:

  • Best practices in use of data for student advisement
  • Guidance strategies using Plans of Study with career clusters and pathways
  • Technology center guidance evaluation
  • Academic/career advisement strategies for students, counselors, teachers and parents
  • Career Advisor— e-newsletter for high school and middle school counselors
  • E-transcript exchange
  • Academic/Graduation requirements
  • Transcripting and course codes

Disability Services Specialist

Claudia Otto    405-743-5596    email:

Contact for information regarding:

  • IEP and transition services related to CTE
  • Section 504, ADA or IDEA-B issues
  • Strategies for effectively including special population students in CTE
  • OkACTE ESSP Division
  • Non-traditional strategies/diversity
  • Inter-agency issues for special populations
  • Special Needs Conference Planning
  • Technology center integrated academic accreditation/evaluation
  • Ability Advisor - Blog
  • Academic and career support for transition to college

Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) Coordinator (WorkKeys)

Susan Kuzmic   405-717- 4923 email:

Susan coordinates Oklahoma’s Career Readiness Certificate (CTC) program and serves as the primary point of contact for employers, employees, potential employees and CRC assessment site administrators.

Contact for information regarding:

  • Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)
  • ACT WorkKeys® Assessments
  • WorkKeys®  for Job Profiles
  • KeyTrain/CR 101®
  • Liaisan between ODCTE and ACT for WorkKeys®

Advisement Specialist

Erica Harris   405-743-5164

Provide expertise, consultation, and leadership in working with  career development and academic advisement, career exploration, career planning and career assessments and strengthen advancement of certification options, and promote individual education and career plan development with k-adult populations, with the ultimate goal of students reaching career maturity.

High Schools That Work & Tech Centers That Work Coordinator

Twila Green 405.643.5511

High Schools That Work (HSTW) provides that framework through Key Educational Practices for accelerating learning and setting higher standards. Oklahoma is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) network of 32 states in the HSTW program.   Administrators, school leaders, and teachers work as partners with students, parents, and the community to improve the way they prepare students for work and post secondary education.

  • Technical assistance for school improvement

  • Support for education innovation and improvement

  • Strategies for implementing career pathways and plans of study

  • Assistance for location resources/materials

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