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Weekly Memo 2014-11-03

Agency at a glance on CareerTech website; CareerTech featured on NewsOk.com; conference focuses on education and workforce; truck driver training receives exemplary ratings; CIMC translating curriculum into Spanish; Career and Academic Connections reach more than 240 in GuidanceFest 2014; useful links and my schedule for the week.
“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” -- Anonymous

Agency at a glance on CareerTech website

Contact information for various functions of the agency is listed in a newly revised document, State Agency Assistance At A Glance. The most frequently requested contact areas, with email links to employees in the areas, are listed in the document. This information can be found at www.okcareertech.org/contact/agency-assistance.

CareerTech featured on NewsOk.com

CareerTech’s effort to increase the skilled workforce, focusing on manufacturing, was featured Wednesday in a NewsOk.com BrandInsight article on the publication’s home page. The page also featured CareerTech ads and an “Oklahoma Horizon” feature on retraining for today’s workforce. Visit this feature at http://newsok.com/brand-insight/CareerTech.

Conference focuses on education and workforce

You can still register for the Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference on education and the Oklahoma economy, which will be at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at Metro Technology Centers, Springlake Campus. The event, sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business, CareerTech and Metro Technology Centers, features economists and representatives from OSU, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. For more information and to register, call 1-866-678-3933 or register online at http://cepd.okstate.edu/openenrollment/conferences/econoutlook/.

Truck driver training receives exemplary ratings

Central Technology Center’s truck driver training program was recently evaluated by the nationally recognized Professional Truck Driver Institute for recertification. PTDI has been working with carriers, truck driver training schools, the insurance industry and government to make safety a priority in the trucking industry. Central Tech is the only school in Oklahoma to offer the PTDI certification. The program received an exemplary report with exceptional ratings in instructional staff development and supervision and range conditions. The reviewer said it was the first time he gave more than one exceptional rating on a single evaluation. Central Tech’s TDT class covers all topics required for acquiring a CDL Class A license along with a PTDI certification in a 208-hour class. Last year, 243 students graduating from Central Tech’s TDT program went to work for Oklahoma companies. (Mark Wilson)

CIMC translating curriculum into Spanish

CIMC can now produce its curriculum in other languages quickly and accurately. Responding to a need expressed by agricultural education teachers, Jamie Church and Kathy Wood identified software, CopyFlow Gold, that could translate curriculum text into Spanish. The teachers had native Spanish-speaking students in their classrooms who were experiencing difficulty processing the text. Using the software, Jamie and Kathy produced trial versions of translated units from the “Introduction to Agriscience” curriculum. According to the teachers, the translated units helped the students to grasp the concepts better and to locate answers faster. Previous translations required expensive contracts with companies that charged per translated word. The software allows CIMC to reach more students for whom language may have represented a barrier to learning. To see a sample translated unit, visit www.okcareertech.org/educators/cimc/new-products. If you have a request for a curriculum translation, contact Craig Maile, CIMC manager.

Career and Academic Connections reach more than 240 in GuidanceFest 2014

As they do each fall, Career and Academic Connections staff members traveled to five technology centers to offer counselors and educators guidance assistance. This year for GuidanceFest, they traveled from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23 to Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb, Mid-Del Technology Center in Midwest City, Southern Technology Center in Ardmore and Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee. They reached more than 150 counselors and 92 tech center educators.

Melissa White from the Oklahoma State Department of Education provided a legislative update as part of GuidanceFest’s professional development. CAC staff members offered sessions on leadership, collaboration, counseling programs, special populations and career preparation. Participants wrapped up GuidanceFest in Muskogee with lunch prepared by Indian Capital Tech culinary students, followed by tours and activities hosted by ICTC students.

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
State director’s job announcement

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Monday
Senior Leadership
United Way Live Auction and Chili Cook-off

Tuesday
Agency meetings
Accreditation training

Wednesday
FFA Foundation
Campus Safety and Security Task Force

Thursday
Canadian Valley Technology Center

Friday
Francis Tuttle Technology Center

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