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Monday Memo 2014-10-13

Skills Center instructors tour Zebco; eighteen attend orientation; students showcased in photography; Oklahoma FFA chapters and food banks partner to feed hungry people; biomedical program will be recognized at the PLTW STEM Summit; STEM student showcase during the governor’s STEM Summit; BMITE instructors earn industry credentials; Health workshop sold out; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Monday Memo 2014-10-13

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

Skills Center instructors tour Zebco

Three instructors from Taft Skills Center and one from McLeod Skills Center recently toured Zebco’s packaging and distribution center at the Port of Catoosa. Janet Ashley, Aubrey Metcalf and Steve Evans from Taft and Brandy Burns from McLeod toured the 230,000-square-foot facility to learn more about today’s employer needs and processes. Zebco packages specialized goods for fishing. The packaging and distribution center receives and ships thousands of dollars worth of products and parts to retail stores throughout the continental United States and internationally. It also handles all of Zebco’s e-commerce shipping.

Eighteen attend orientation

Eighteen professionals attended the Communications and Marketing subdivision’s annual orientation meeting Oct. 7 at ODCTE in Stillwater. Participants learned about the new accreditation criteria, heard updates about the system and participated in discussions on developing marketing and communications plans. The group’s next meeting will be Oct. 22 at the Lexington Skills Center.

Students showcased in photography

CareerTech students from all areas of the system are showcased in photography displayed throughout the state agency. Thanks to the efforts of several staff members in Creative Services, Communications and Marketing and Facility Services, several new photos highlight the successes of CareerTech students and staff. Photographer Tom Fields has created an online gallery of photos available for any CareerTech entity to use. They can be found at Next time you visit the agency in Stillwater, take a look at the great work happening in our system.

Oklahoma FFA chapters and food banks partner to feed hungry people

The National FFA’s Feeding Our World — Starting at Home challenge is making great strides in Oklahoma. The national challenge is to help FFA donate 1 million meals by the 2014 National FFA Convention at the end of October. FFA chapters in Oklahoma are contributing to the challenge by donating 56 pigs to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma during the swine competition at the Tulsa State Fair. Along with the FFA chapters, the Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau also donated the 10 pigs purchased in the premium show. Oklahoma FFA chapters started working on the challenge at the Oklahoma Youth Expo in spring 2014. If you would like to help with this challenge, please contact your local FFA chapter. (Kent Boggs)

Biomedical program will be recognized at the PLTW STEM Summit

On Nov. 2-5, the 2014 Project Lead The Way Summit in Indianapolis, Ind., will bring together more than 1,500 students, teachers, school administrators and postsecondary, business, industry and government leaders. By collaborating, learning from one another and taking action, PLTW Summit attendees can engage students across America, inspire them to pursue STEM careers and help to solve education and workforce development challenges. The national event boasts an impressive list of speakers, workshops and sessions and an opportunity for attendees to explore STEM in action at some of the host city’s – and the nation’s – top employers and businesses.

Francis Tuttle Technology Center Bioscience and Medical Academy is one of only five programs chosen to be highlighted out of more than 600 bioscience programs nationwide.For more information and to register for the PLTW Summit, visit (Sara Wright)

STEM student showcase during the governor’s STEM Summit

CareerTech students across the state represented science, technology, engineering and mathematics during Gov. Mary Fallin’s STEM summit Oct. 7. Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in this event and exhibited the great STEM education in CareerTech. The following programs participated: Edmond Summit Middle School Gateway to Technology Program, Moore Norman Technology Center Pre-Engineering, Southern Oklahoma Technology Center Biotechnology, Francis Tuttle Technology Center Biosciences and Medicine Academy, Purcell High School Technology Engineering and Vex Robotics.

BMITE instructors earn industry credentials

Twenty-eight BMITE instructors received industry certifications for Adobe Certified Associate, CompTIA Strata, HP Accredited Technical Associate, IC3, Intuit QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate. This certification has been offered for the last two years for business and information technology instructors at the annual summer conference.

Health workshop sold out

More than 75 people attended the Long-Term Care Nurse Aide Instructor/Coordinator Workshop Oct. 8 at Moore Norman Technology Center’s Franklin Road Campus. The workshop, presented by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, gave participants the opportunity to practice adult learning principles, hear important information about assessments, discover new curriculum resources and get answers to questions about Chapter 677 and nurse aide registry surveys. Debbie Bennett of the Health Careers Education division organized the workshop, which is held multiple times each year. Anyone unable to attend this sold-out event should stay tuned for news from the Health Careers Education staff about where to locate workshop resources. (Craig Maile)

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

State director’s job announcement

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior staff meeting

Morning Chat
CareerTech Foundation
Tech center superintendents meeting

Tech center superintendents meeting

Department of Commerce
Senate meeting


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