February 2014 Monthly Email
Greetings, student services contacts-are you wishing for warmer weather already? Did you realize February packs a lot into its 28 days; for example: African American History Month, Career Tech Education Month, American Heart Month, plus-Ground Hog Day, National School Counseling Week, Valentine’s and Presidents Day! Here’s to a fabulous February!
OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF MINORITIES IN CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION (OAMCTE) ESSAY CONTEST 2013-2014
Every year, OAMCTE sponsors an essay contest for minority students. Students eligible to enter the essay contest must meet all three of the following criteria:
-Currently enrolled and attending a Career and Technology Education class or program.
-A high school junior or senior.
-A member of a minority race.
Essays must be turned in by March 7, 2014. Monetary prizes are awarded to 1st through 3rd place. If you have question or need further information about the essay contest, contact: Carolyn Leach at (918) 746-8533; firstname.lastname@example.org or Cliff Harris at (918) 519-4233; email@example.com
Counselor Conference, March 4 at University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
Please join us March 4 at Edmond for the Counselors Only Conference. We have 20 sessions to choose from and we will have a closing speaker that will challenge us to continue to make a difference.
Parking information: You can park in the visitor lot adjacent to the Nigh Conference Center. When you enter that parking lot, you will take a ticket from the machine. Parking will cost $3. If you choose to eat lunch off site, you will need to show this parking ticket to the attendant as you leave and when you come back. You will tell the attendant you are with the Counselors Conference. At the end of the day, when you leave for home, you will pay $3 for parking.
Registration: You will receive a ticket when you register. This ticket will be for checking in at the conference. This is not your parking ticket.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the counselor conference or need more information. Click here for registration.
You might be interested in our new organizational chart for the agency. If you are looking for Guidance, remember – we are the Career and Academic Connections Division.
With the legislative “season” starting, I also attached the agency’s one page legislative agenda so you can see the kinds of activities we will be focusing on in the upcoming months.
Spring Meeting for Oklahoma Association of College Testing Personnel
Attached is a tentative agenda and a registration form for the spring meeting of OACTP (Oklahoma Association of College Testing Personnel) to be held March 7 at Francis Tuttle. The location, times, etc. are all on the forms. At the workshop, there will be new information on COMPASS changes coming, as well as information on the GED testing and alternatives. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Jane Sarber, President, 405.364.5763 x7242 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oklahoma College Assistance Program has many downloadable counselors resources on helping students prepare for college. For a look at their high school and middle school counselor kit, go to: http://www.ucango2.org/counselors/counselor_resources.htm
College Board and Phi Delta Kappan Publication Examines Benefits of CTE
Last month the College Board, in conjunction with Phi Delta Kappan (PDK), released an article extolling the virtues of Career Technical Education (CTE) and how best to ensure quality and access to it across the nation. Written by Jean-Claude Brizard, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and Senior Advisor at the College Board, the article titled Toward a Common Model of Career-Technical Education, highlights the positive impact CTE programs had on three students who each took different pathways to academic and professional success. It later expands on their individual experiences and argues that these success stories are increasingly becoming the norm for students who choose to enroll in CTE programs— an encouraging trend considering 94% of all high school students in the U.S. take at least one CTE course.
Source: Missouri Guidance Digest
The Zarrow Mental Health Symposium is an annual educational forum hosted by the Mental Health Association in Tulsa designed to provide state-of-the-art research and best practice information about current issues related to mental health.
Celebrate our 20th years with the Annual Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: “All Things Prevention” on September 18 – 19, 2014 at the Tulsa Cox Business Center, (formerly known as the Tulsa Convention Center).
Kelly Arrington, Career and Academic Connections Manager
Oklahoma Department of CareerTech
1500 West 7th Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074-4364