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Kelly's August 2014 Email

Archived Copy of Kelly's August 2014 Email

Greetings!  You are receiving this monthly email due to a request to be put on the list or your job duties fall into the guidance/student services area.  If you would like to be taken off the list, please reply to me with an “unsubscribe” and your name will be taken off.  The year is already off to a quick start!


On our CAC Website (www.okcareertech.org/cac)

1)    Student Services Endorsement Program: If you are recently hired to a student services position in a technology center, check out the Student Services Endorsement Program.  The Student Services Endorsement program provides a support system for learning a body of philosophy, knowledge and skills unique to Oklahoma’s career and technology education system. The program also promotes a strong culture of ethical, professional student services staff in the Oklahoma technology centers. The link for the application and other information is off of our webpage link above.   

2)    Elevating Student Success - Brand new blog!  Join us.  Click on this off of our website (at the bottom of the page) or click on: http://elevatingstudentsuccess.blogspot.com/

will be starting soon!

Registration will be from 8:00 – 8:30.  The workshop will begin at 8:30 and conclude by 12:00 noon.

2014 Dates and locations

-September 30 – Pioneer Technology Center, Ponca City
-October 2 – Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, Ft. Cobb
-October 14 – Mid-Del Technology Center, Midwest City
-October 21 – Southern Technology Center, Ardmore
-October 23 – Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee 

GuidanceFest Topics include:

*Counselor Leadership and Collaboration
*Managing Your Counseling Program,
*Transitions for Special Populations
*Career Exploration and Development,
*Counseling for Careers,
*SDE Legislative Update and TLE.

And of course, there will be refreshments and door prizes!

To register, go to: https://guidancefest2014.eventbrite.com


EPAS Workshops

This coming school year (2014-2015) will be the last year the PLAN and EXPLORE assessments will be offered in Oklahoma. ACT is changing its assessment offerings to Aspire. To hear more about these changes, plan to attend one of the six workshops the Oklahoma EPAS team will offer in early fall.  Registration, topics, locations, dates and times can be found at http://www.okhighered.org/epas/prof-dev.shtml


CTEEC Workshop- September 25-26, 2014

Hard Rock Hotel in Tulsa

The at-a-glance agenda can be found at: http://www.cteec.org/#!agenda/cm9k

Topics include: technology accessibility, effects of substance abuse on learning, civil rights, working with special populations, micromessaging to reach and teach, etc.

For more information and registration, click on “Conference” in the red tool bar at the top of the page. 


Change to OKCRC Assessments

Due to budget constraints, there has been a change in the number of times a student may take the WorkKeys assessments for the OKCRC.  This applies to the students/clients taking the WorkKeys assessments on the CareerTech realm.  ChangeEach student/client may take the WorkKeys assessments only one time on this realm (site license) through the ODCTE’s contract with ACT. After this, the site must purchase and/or utilize your WorkKeys license direct with ACT (the realm that the site pays for the WorkKeys assessments). For any and all up-to-date information on OKCRC and WorkKeys assessments, join the OKCRC blog at http://www.okcrc.blogspot.com, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/okcrc and follow us on Twitter at @okcrc.


Parent Toolkit

Studies show children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school.  This website has many resources you can refer parents to and help provide them with useful tips and tools to support their growing child at all ages. Link is: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/


Mindset List for the Class of 2017

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. (Actually, this one has special meaning to me as my son is a college freshman this year!) Here is a sample of this year’s list:

-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.

-A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.

-Gaga has never been baby talk.

-They have known only two presidents.

-Plasma has never been just a bodily fluid.

-They have never attended a concert in a smoke-filled arena.

-Their parents’ car CD player is soooooo ancient and embarrassing.

To see the full list, go to: http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2017/


Federal Government Joint Letter on Career Counseling

This spring the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor published a joint letter describing the ways in which high schools and human service agencies can work with the American Job Center network, as well as with employers, to provide career information and guidance and to foster career readiness.  Counselors have time and resource limitations that can make it difficult to provide high-quality career counseling, so this letter promotes partnerships between schools, workforce development and related agencies, and employers to help students prepare for college and career. The appendix includes career counseling resources and relevant research and examples of partnerships.

(Source: ACTE Online, July 2014)


Kelly Arrington, Career and Academic Connections Manager
Oklahoma Department of CareerTech
1500 West 7th Avenue
Stillwater, OK  74074-4364
FAX: 405.743.6809

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