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Monday Memo 2014-09-22

Day of Caring team works at youth shelter; soft skills curriculum available; CareerTech promotions highlight manufacturing; CareerTech promotions highlight manufacturing; ‘Horizon’ examines Oklahoma’s manufacturing sector; first health boot camp; and my schedule for the week.
“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” Margaret Mead

Day of Caring team works at youth shelter

Thank you to the CareerTech Day of Caring team. The group worked at the Payne County Youth Shelter as part of the kickoff Sept. 18 for the Stillwater United Way campaign.

Soft skills curriculum available

Soft skills are an integral part of many CIMC products. The “Substitute Teacher Toolbox,” revised in 2014, includes activities focusing on soft skills. A sample of this new product is available at In addition, two free booklets of suggested resources are available from CIMC on the topics of leadership and soft skills. These booklets are available at A recent feature in “The Oklahoman” spotlighted the continuing value that employers place upon soft skills in the workplace. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the attributes employers seek on a candidate’s resume are leadership, problem-solving skills, communication skills (written), ability to work in a team, analytical/quantitative skills, strong work ethic, communication skills (verbal), initiative, computer skills and attention to detail (NACE, Job Outlook 2014). In addition, when the qualifications of competing job candidates are relatively equal, NACE survey results indicate that the candidate who has leadership experience will likely win out. (Craig Maile)

CareerTech promotions highlight manufacturing

Did you know that full-time CareerTech students last year earned more than 7,600 certifications related to manufacturing in an industry that accounts for nearly 11 percent of Oklahoma’s total gross state product? That key message, along with others highlighting the importance of manufacturing to our state and role CareerTech plays in meeting workforce demands, is part of a campaign that began last week leading up to National Manufacturing Day Oct. 3. A committee working with the Gooden Group created ideas and tools to participate in this event throughout October. Each tech center communications representative received an overview of public relations opportunities with links to various resources including, the national resource for media kits, suggested activities and events.

‘Horizon’ examines Oklahoma’s manufacturing sector

“Oklahoma Horizon” will focus on manufacturing and the jobs it produces in its Sept. 28 show. In the ever-changing manufacturing workplace, a skilled workforce could mean retraining workers to meet the demands of the industry. Indian Capital Technology Center is helping companies bring their workers up to speed for high-tech workplaces. (Karen Hart)

First health boot camp

More than 50 health careers instructors met Sept. 17-18 at Tulsa Tech’s Health Science Campus for the first ever HCC Bootcamp. The workshop featured a review of all testing data for technology center HCC programs and suggested best practices to improve scores. Participants spent a fun, interactive afternoon with two experienced CareerTech instructors who shared games, Web apps and learning tools that the instructors could immediately implement in their classrooms. The second day featured small breakout groups that rotated through five vendors explaining new technology available for students and five skills demonstration and practice sessions for HOSA competitive events. (Lara Skaggs)

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

CareerTech Teacher Professional Development

GuidanceFest registration

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

OCTAE Perkins monitoring visit
Senior staff meeting
Legislative agenda meeting

Conference call directors meeting
Superintendents funding committee
Oklahoma Quality Conference call

Technology center superintendents meeting

Perkins federal monitoring review

Perkins federal monitoring report out
Blue Ribbon Brunch at Meridian Tech
Grand Opening of Industrial Safety Training Center at Central Tech

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