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August 2013 Email

Archived copy of Kelly's August 2013 Email

Greetings!  I hope your school year is off to a great start!  You are receiving this email due to your job duties or your request to be on the listserve.  If at any time you do not wish to receive these monthly emails, just reply back to me to unsubscribe.

Summer Conference
Check out the Summer Conference link off of the CAC bulletin board.  https://www.okcareertech.org/educators/career-and-academic-connections/bulletin-board You will find powerpoints from many of the sessions held at Moore Norman, S. Penn campus.

Input Requested
In order to gain customer input in different ways, there is a customer satisfaction survey we would like for you to complete.  Go to:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CAC_Customer_Service and give us your feedback.   It should take less than five minutes and would provide us much needed information on how we can improve our services.

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by Office of Disability Employment Policy focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
Website: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/

"Websites, Apps, and More"
CIMC has just completed the eighth edition of their free web book, a resource which has been popular with educators for many years. This edition incorporates many firsts. It is the first edition to include apps for both instructors and students, and the first to be offered on CD as well as in print.  With this version, they have included sections of websites for:

  • Common Core
  • Teacher Resources
  • eLearning
  • General Interest
  • Careers
  • And websites listed by cluster

Websites, Apps, and More is a free download.  For the download, go to https://www.okcareertech.org/educators/cimc/new-products and scroll down to Websites, Apps and More.  If you'd like to purchase multiple copies of either the print or CD versions of the web book, contact CIMC's Customer Service Department at 800.654.4502.

OACTP Fall Conference
Oklahoma Assoc. of College Testing Personnel Fall conference is scheduled for September 27, 2013 at OU’'s Center for Independent and Distance Learning in Norman.   Presenters from the major test companies will be there as well as the OK Dept. of Ed to talk about GED testing.  Continental Breakfast and Lunch (by Johnny Carino’s) is included in the fees. There will be open discussions, lots of networking and great door prizes!.

If you would like to be on the mailing list for OACTP, please email Jane Sarber, president of OACTP, [Jane.Sarber@mntc.edu] your name, school and email address.  All post-secondary schools are automatically members of the organization, the only cost is for registration fees to the conferences attended.  Download the registration form and tentative agenda

This year, GuidanceFest will not be held in OKC or Tulsa. In our original plans for GuidanceFest, the intent was to hold one at each tech center district. We are finishing up our last few tech centers this year and next. We hope you can make it. We are looking forward to seeing you!

GuidanceFest 2013 – Free Workshops for High School and Middle School Counselors

Sept. 25th – Autry Technology Center – Enid, OK

Sept. 27th – Mid-America Technology Center – Wayne, OK

Oct. 3rd – Kiamichi Technology Center – Poteau, OK

Oct. 8th – Red River Technology Center – Duncan, OK

Oct. 10th – Tri County Technology Center – Bartlesville, OK

Topics include:

A-F Report Card Update
Transcripting Issues
SDE Legislative Update
Social Media for Counselors
Counselor Resources
Cooperative Alliances
Rigorous Programs of Study

Always Interesting

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. 

The Mindset List for the Class of 2017

For this generation of entering college students, born in 1995, Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead.

Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.
They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal.
As kids they may well have seen Chicken Run but probably never got chicken pox.
Having a chat has seldom involved talking.
Gaga has never been baby talk.
They have known only two presidents.
Their TV screens keep getting smaller as their parents’ screens grow ever larger.
A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.
With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address.
They have never attended a concert in a smoke-filled arena.
Their favorite feature films have always been largely, if not totally, computer generated.
They have never really needed to go to their friend’s house so they could study together.
They have always been able to plug into USB ports
To see the entire list, go to: http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2017/

Kelly Arrington, Guidance Coordinator
1500 West 7th Avenue
Stillwater,OK 74074

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