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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-10-19

Northwest Technology Center helps train Department of Corrections employees; Pioneer Tech hosts Veterans’ Focus event; CareerTech BMITE staff attend MBA Conclave; Western Tech hosts CareerTech Safety Conference; CareerTech state director will moderate #OklaEd chat on Nov. 15; United Way Campaign starts; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-10-19

Students in the DOC’s Northwest Oklahoma Correctional Officers Academy receive training in working with a drug dog. Pictured are Alva Police Sgt. Chris Jamison and canine officer Boomer.

Northwest Technology Center helps train Department of Corrections employees

Northwest Technology Center is working with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to train regional DOC employees.

Northwest Tech has partnered with Bill Johnson Correctional Center, James Crabtree Correctional Center and the William S. Key Correctional Center to train entry-level personnel in the Northwest Oklahoma Correctional Officers Academy. Many of those trained could not attend a lengthy training farther away because of the distance traveled and commitments to family.

The partnership helps the DOC in northwest Oklahoma recruit and retain employees. The academy is coordinated by Charlotte Hadwiger, Business and Industry Services director for Northwest Technology Center-Alva campus.

Pioneer Tech hosts Veterans’ Focus event

To help veterans explore their options as small business owners, entrepreneurs and employees, Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City is hosting a Veterans’ Focus event at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5. Veterans will have the opportunity to learn about Boots to Business, employment readiness and skills training.

Larry Weatherford, veterans business development officer with the Small Business Administration, will discuss the SBA’s Boots to Business program. Randal Coon, with Workforce Oklahoma, will discuss how skills learned in the military can be transferred to civilian jobs and will offer employment readiness suggestions. Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, military transition coordinator with Oklahoma CareerTech, will explain technical skills training offered for veterans in the CareerTech System.

“We’re excited to share these possibilities available to our veterans,” said Dawn Brakey, Pioneer Technology Center’s bid assistance coordinator.

To register, go to! or call Amy Ewing-Holmstrom at 405-714-6186. Lunch is free because of the support of sponsors, First National Bank, RCB Bank, the Ponca City Chamber and the Ponca City Development Authority.

CareerTech BMITE staff attend MBA Conclave

Oklahoma CareerTech business, marketing and information technology education staff and several teachers participated recently in the MBA Conclave in downtown Oklahoma City.

The Oct. 9-12 conference featured more than 100 distinct learning opportunities targeted specifically at teaching business administration, including entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management and marketing. Many of the nation’s best business and marketing educators, national leaders and senior MBA staff participated in this conference.

Watch for new initiatives coming to Oklahoma, such as the MBA High School of Business, which offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum with opportunities for college credit alignment.


Western Tech hosts CareerTech Safety Conference

Sixty-five Career Tech safety instructors from across Oklahoma trained to respond to active shooters, fire and more during the Fall CareerTech Safety Conference.

The conference, hosted Oct. 7-9 by Western Technology Center’s Elk City campus, is held twice a year and gives safety instructors an opportunity to network with each other, vendors, companies and first responders.

The instructors participated in simulations and training sessions with the Elk City Police and Fire departments, Beckham County Sheriff’s Office, Air Evac and staff from Western Technology Center. Sessions included an active shooter simulation and fire scenarios at WTC Elk City’s five-story training tower.

CareerTech instructors also learned about safety training available in ctYOU, Oklahoma CareerTech’s new online curriculum, and discussed workplace safety with representatives of businesses and government agencies.


CareerTech state director will moderate #OklaEd chat on Nov. 15

Join State Director Marcie Mack as she moderates the Nov. 15 #OklaEd chat. The topic for the evening will be career and technology education in Oklahoma. Questions for the evening will be shared closer to the chat.

#OklaEd is a network of Oklahoma educators connecting via Twitter to share ideas, resources and inspiration. The moderated chat happens every Sunday at 8 p.m. Each week, a guest moderator helps lead a conversation around what it means to be an educator in Oklahoma. To join, search for #OklaEd on Twitter.

You can follow Mack at @mrmackh and CareerTech at @okcareertech.


United Way Campaign starts

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education kicked off its United Way campaign Monday.

CareerTech has raised about $7,000 already for the Stillwater Area United Way, which supports 22 agencies providing community services to the Stillwater area.


Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

For daily news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech.

State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Lifelong Learning Foundations newsletters

CareerTech Hall of Fame

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Schedule for the week of 10-19:

Director’s budget meeting

Northwest Technology Center groundbreaking -- Alva and Fairview

Department of Corrections

Morning chat

Senior leadership

IT steering committee

CareerTech Foundation board meeting

CareerTech Hall of Fame banquet



Skills Centers culinary graduation


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