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Weekly Memo 2014-10-27

Two technology centers win Oklahoma Quality Foundation awards; OKCRC annual conference set; CareerTech board sponsors input sessions; CIMC contributes to The Oklahoman’s NIE publication; Fast Facts available on the website; CareerTech student organization spring 2015 conference dates set; useful links, and my schedule for the week.
Weekly Memo 2014-10-27

Claire Zevnik developed “Career Focus: Manufacturing” magazine.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Two technology centers win Oklahoma Quality Foundation awards

Tri County Technology Center and Southern Oklahoma Technology Center will receive Oklahoma Quality Foundation awards at OQF’s Sharing of Best Practices Conference Nov. 13.

Tri County is one of two Oklahoma organizations to receive the Oklahoma Quality Award for Leadership in Excellence, the highest OQF award. The tech center will also receive a Best Practices Award for Strategic Planning Processes and Visionary Leadership. Southern will receive the Oklahoma Quality Award for Foundation of Excellence.

The Oklahoma Quality Award program focuses on organizational self-assessment and self-improvement and is designed to help companies and organizations become more competitive in the marketplace. The program is regarded as one of the most rigorous Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award programs in the country. The OQF is the only official program in Oklahoma to determine the level of an organization’s performance and provide public recognition on its level of accomplishment.

OKCRC annual conference set

The OKCRC annual conference will be Nov. 6 at Moore Norman Technology Center South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. with sign-in, coffee and conversation. James Richter, marketing director at South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, and Jason Jones, executive director of Southwest Missouri WIB, will speak. Three Oklahoma employers, one ACT staff member and a host of site administrators will share their WorkKeys experiences.

There is no cost to attend the conference. Registration is online. Lunch will not be provided this year. To download a list of restaurants near the conference, click here.

CareerTech board sponsors input sessions

The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education is sponsoring meetings to receive input from Oklahomans regarding the search for a new state director. Anyone interested in providing information to the board regarding the next CareerTech state director is encouraged to attend.

The first input session was Oct. 20 at Southern Technology Center, Ardmore. A second is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, Room 133, and a third is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Tulsa Technology Center, Broken Arrow Campus, Gene Callahan Room. For more information about the meetings, please contact Glen Hammonds at 405-743-5443.

CIMC contributes to The Oklahoman’s NIE publication

A recent educational publication from The Oklahoman uses content contributed by CIMC. “Manufacturing Makes It Happen,” a workbook published by The Oklahoman as a part of the Newspapers In Education program, includes content from CIMC’s recent “Career Focus: Manufacturing” magazine developed by Claire Zevnik. Teachers and students receive the free print workbook and can also access digital files.

Each workbook also joins the archive of previous workbooks and other teaching tools developed as a part of NIE. CIMC has worked with The Oklahoman in recent years to produce NIE workbooks focusing on financial literacy and tourism.

To download “Manufacturing Makes It Happen,” go to For a sample of CIMC’s “Career Focus: Manufacturing,” go to (Craig Maile)

Fast Facts available on the website

The CareerTech FY14 Fast Facts publication is now available on the CareerTech website at This information piece provides enrollment data on all CareerTech areas as well information on placement, demographics and business and industry services. Strategic purposes and CareerTech champions also are highlighted.

CareerTech student organization spring 2015 conference dates set

Feb. 10-11
Marriott Southern Hills

March 3-4
OSU-IT – Okmulgee
ORU Mabee Center

April 2
Oklahoma City
Cox Convention Center - OKC

April 7-9
Midwest City
Sheraton Hotel Midwest City
At the Reed Conference Center

April 7-9
Embassy Suites – Norman

April 19-21
Tulsa Cox Convention Center

April 28-29
Oklahoma City
Cox Convention Center –OKC

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
State director’s job announcement

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership

Division meeting
Managers meeting

Accreditation training

Standards steering committee
Steven Crawford

National FFA Convention – annual leave

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