Director's Weekly Memo 2015-11-23
Oklahoma Hall of Fame posthumously honored Dr. Francis Tuttle
Thursday night it was a privilege to be a part of the 88th Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in which Dr. Francis Tuttle was posthumously honored.
More than 1,000 people gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center for the ceremony. More than 50 people with ties to Dr. Tuttle were in attendance, including the Tuttle family, current and retired state staff, board members, OkACTE staff, technology center staff and friends of CareerTech.
Masters of Ceremony Burns Hargis and Mike Turpen both took the opportunity to sing CareerTech’s praises. The video that gave a glimpse of Dr. Tuttle’s life story also highlighted the system. Also among the eight inductees were Jim Halsey, Steadman Upham, Kevin Durant, Bill Hancock, Mike Larsen, William B. Ross and Sharen Jester Turney.
Dr. Tuttle was a true pacesetter, an architect of our great system and whose legacy we honor every day by the continued amazing work each of you do in CareerTech.
CareerTech safety training making a difference
Northeast Technology Center’s Business and Industry Services team is helping one local employer create a safety program.
With approximately 500 employees, J-M Farms is one of the largest employers in Northeast Tech’s district. NTC’s Business and Industry Services team is in its second year of a large contract for safety services with the company. Through the contract, NTC provides safety training, program development, safety audits and consultation to J-M Farms and its subsidiary companies.
“We really didn’t have any type of safety program in place before we got involved with NTC,” said Tony McCoy, J-M Farms human resources manager. “We have come a long way in a year and half. With the help of the tech center, we have really improved our safety plan, and I am very pleased with the service we have received.”
From July 2014 to June 2015, NTC provided J-M Farms with approximately 3,500 contact hours of safety training.
Because of the large amount of services and training provided to J-M, NTC has dedicated an employee to spend a couple of days a week with the company. Safety Trainer Roger Marrs helped develop written safety programs; implement safety procedures and plans, including Loto Plans and EAP, into J-M’s standard operating procedures; and establish monthly safety meetings for employees. He has also conducted food safety training and made safety a large part of the company’s food audits. Marrs regularly provides J-M with safety audits of the facility.
“I have really enjoyed working with J-M Farms,” he said. “Trying to help a company go from very little in the way of safety programs to where we are now has been exciting. We still have work to do, but we are climbing that mountain together.”
With NTC’s assistance, J-M has also implemented a requirement for all supervisors to earn OSHA 10-hour training certificates, a requirement that has also been extended to service solution employees. Additionally, McCoy has gone through OSHA record keeping training. NTC provided all OSHA training sessions.
Because of the great partnership between NTC and J-M, McCoy called on NTC when it came time to design a new facility. Marrs and the BIS team were instrumental in the layout of the new building, including the installation of seven new in-ground storm shelters. (Submitted by Northeast Technology Center)
One TSA chapter kicks off a statewide fundraiser for American Cancer Society
The Commerce High School Technology Student Association chapter recently held a change drive at Alexander Elementary School in Commerce to raise money for the American Cancer Society. TSA’s national service project is ACS.
TSA members went to a Rise and Shine assembly and explained what the contest was for. Each elementary classroom was given a container to collect change, and the class that donated the most money was rewarded with a pizza party for their class and an extended recess for the day. The change drive lasted for two weeks, then the containers were picked up and each class’ donation was counted and recorded.
The winning class is taught by Jessica Bell, a former Commerce TSA member and Oklahoma TSA state officer. She teaches fifth grade and encouraged her class to participate as much as they could. Her class won with a donation total of $80.81. Several other classes made significant donations also and weren’t far behind when the totals were recorded.
The schoolwide total was an amazing $448.20, with every classroom participating. The Commerce TSA chapter will make its donation to a local ACS fundraising event soon and plans to organize change drives at the middle school and high school next semester to make this service project a districtwide endeavor.
During the past five years, enrollments have tripled in CareerTech STEM academies – from more than 5,000 to nearly 15,000 Oklahoma students from middle school through seniors in high school.
“Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development and outstanding partnerships, CareerTech is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy,” said Becki Foster, Oklahoma CareerTech associate state director. “We have one of the finest CareerTech systems in the nation. That is a direct result of the outstanding teachers who work hard to cultivate high-quality classroom experiences for their students.”
Oklahoma CareerTech STEM education plays a critical role in growing a talent pipeline of Oklahoma students who will be ready to pursue viable careers in the state’s targeted industry sectors such as aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing, health care and biotechnology.
Schedule for the week of 11-23:
UAV in Oklahoma
Spiers New Technology
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Gratitude is contagious and catalytic. It ignites others’ awareness and gratitude.” – Kate Nasser