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Kelly's June 2015 Email Archive

Student Services Contacts – please review the following items and let me know what questions you have!

CTE Academic Credits

Great News – we received official word from the OSRHE concerning academic credits for CTE courses. This document outlines the specifics of this information.   Here is the link to this information located on our website:   


Brief Recap: On March 26, 2015, the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved certain math and science courses taught at technology centers and select high schools to count for academic credit on high school transcripts. On June 8, 2015, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved the PLTW Pre-Engineering and PLTW Biomedical courses to count for academic credit on the ACE College Prep/Work Ready curriculum and to count for OKPromise. CTE Biotechnology courses will count as a science course on the ACE CORE curriculum and will count as electives on the ACE CollegePrep/WorkReady curriculum…

(more information is in the attached document and on the web site linked above)
Again, special appreciation to Tommi Leach and Melissa White for spearheading this initiative!!

Dear Colleague letter on Ability To Benefit

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 helped reopen the door to opportunity in postsecondary education by changing the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to partially restore what is known as the “ability to benefit (ATB) alternatives”.  The new law went into effect on Dec. 16, 2014, and changed the HEA to allow a student who did not receive a high school diploma (or its recognized equivalent), or who did not complete a secondary school education in a home-school setting, to be eligible for Title IV financial aid. This can now be done through a combination of ATB alternatives and enrollment in an eligible career pathway program (as determined by the Title IV eligible institutions' staff).

A new Dear Colleague letter from the U.S. Department of Education provides helpful information on the ATB alternatives.  Key areas highlighted in the letter include:

•  the definition of an eligible career pathway program that a student must be enrolled in to qualify for the ability to benefit alternative;
•  ATB alternatives requirements that students must meet; (HOWEVER, at this time there are no scores attached to these)
•  information regarding the retroactive provisions of the new law; and
•   the alternative Pell disbursement schedule for students who first qualify for this provision on or after July 1, 2015.

I have not been able to verify the for sure the scores needed for the assessments after calling the federal office and after calling each testing entity.  I have heard back from some of the testing entities and they said the scores would be the same used in 2012.  I have not heard any official word from the federal office.  We should have more information at summer conference as the financial aid staff will be hearing from a representative from the U.S. Department of Education over this topic.    

National Summer Transportation Institute

OSU-OKC’s National Summer Transportation Institute has reserved 30 spots for career technology students.  This two-week free camp is a high level experience open to students entering 10th,  11th  or 12th grade that are interested in science, engineering, technology or transportation.  Participants are eligible for a $250 tuition waiver scholarship to be used within three years.  Application deadline is June 30th. 

Please feel free to share this information with your sending/partner school as well.  Download flyer here.  For more information including the application, go to:   

Any questions, contact:

Jackie Weston, Director of Cooperative Alliance Services
Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City
(405) 945-3395        



Oklahoma Association of College Testing Personnel (OACTP) Fall Conference
September 25, 2015
8:30 – 3:30 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Reno Campus
Room 1020 A & B
7301 West Reno Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK   73127

Here is a listing of confirmed presenters for that day:

-Susan Kuzmic/Career and Academic Connections - Career Readiness Certificate State Coordinator (WorkKeys)
-Judy Trice/Senior Account Manager/ACT Client Relations
-Chantel Reynolds/Senior Director/ACCUPLACER State & Policy Initiatives|ACCUPLACER & CLEP Higher Education Outreach
-Gladys E. Recinos/Director, ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®)

Any questions, contact:
Lori Robertson, OACTP President
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Main Office: 405.717.4323
Direct  Line: 405.717.4904


Kelly Arrington, Career and Academic Connections Manager
Oklahoma Dept. of CareerTech
1500 West 7th Avenue
Stillwater, OK  74074

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