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Weekly Memo 2014-12-15

NACIQI approves distance education accreditation; Meridian Tech masonry students host holiday open house; Western Technology Center new training partnership; CareerTech Teacher Institute completes another year; Communications Council focuses on business and industry services; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Weekly Memo 2014-12-15

Fred Green, director of the Launch Pad at Francis Tuttle's Business Innovation Center, talks about a client's invention.

Life is like a camera: Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot."

NACIQI approves distance education accreditation

The National Advisory Committee of Institutional Quality and Integrity on Dec. 11 approved our agency’s request for an expansion of scope to include accrediting programs that offer delivery through distance education. This approval will allow technology centers to offer up to 100 percent distance education programs and allow students to receive financial aid for these programs.

Meridian Tech masonry students
host holiday open house

Meridian Technology Center masonry students sponsored an open house recently. The students provided personal tours to illustrate the knowledge and skills they are learning through their outstanding educational experience and to share their career goals.

Western Technology Center new training partnership

In cooperation with OSU Fire Service Training, Western Technology Center put its newest campus to the test by hosting the Southwest Regional Fire School at the Elk City campus Nov. 6-7. Firefighters from 29 departments in 15 counties attended the school. The 92 students received training in advanced fire behavior, wildland fire fighting, pump operations and rope rescue. They used the five-story training tower at the Elk City facility for rope rescue training, which simulates rescues from a multistory facility. With new developments like hotels in the area, firefighters and other emergency personnel need training for challenges presented by multistory buildings, said Danny Britton, safety industrial coordinator at Western’s Elk City campus. “Many of the students were from local departments. They appreciated the ability to receive quality, relevant training so close to home. It was nice for them to be able to go home of an evening after the training,” he said. CareerTech has regional facilities to meet these specific needs at Autry Technology Center in Enid, Eastern Oklahoma County Tech in Choctaw, Great Plains Tech in Lawton, Pontotoc Tech in Ada, and Red River Tech in Duncan. (Submitted by Lori Laufer)

CareerTech Teacher Institute completes another year

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 cohorts of the Teacher Institute! These teachers have attended training for 18 months and had the opportunity to earn college credit. The Teacher Institute provides a unique opportunity to beginning career and technology teachers who do not hold degrees in teacher education. Participants were professionally and personally challenged as they progressed through this program. The program is rigorous, but has provided the beginning teachers with critical classroom strategies and foundational skills proved to be effective in today's CareerTech classroom. Thank you to all of the supportive administrators and mentors of these dedicated teachers.

Communications Council focuses on business and industry services

The Communications and Marketing Council met Wednesday at Francis Tuttle Innovation Center to focus on marketing CareerTech business and industry services. A panel of ODCTE staff and council members shared information gleaned from a recent Learning Resources Network conference and shared best practices.

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
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Schedule for the week 12-15

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Legislative Committee meeting
CareerTech Employees Association Christmas luncheon
Senior Leadership

CT Foundation meeting
Performance reviews

State Board meeting

Morning Chat
United Way presentation
Divisional meeting
Regional Coordinators meeting
Pat McGregor’s retirement reception

EQA meeting
EPSCoR committee meeting

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