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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-11-8

More than 1,700 attend BPA/DECA conference; Oklahoma FFA wins awards at national convention; Excellence in Action award applications available; CareerTech state director will moderate #OklaEd chat Nov. 15; SkillsUSA members help Shawnee Economic Development Foundation; interview during game will feature Marcie Mack; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-11-8

William Maltbie, Burlington FFA Chapter, won the American Star in Agribusiness national championship.

Oklahoma FFA wins awards at national convention

Oklahoma FFA came home from the 2015 National Convention in Louisville, Ky., with 11 national champions.

Oklahoma FFA had three career development event national champions, five national proficiency national champions, a National Agriscience Fair national champion team, a National Chapter Award/Model of Innovation national champion and an American Star in Agribusiness national champion.

William Maltbie, Burlington FFA Chapter, who won the American Star in Agribusiness national championship, may be the most decorated Oklahoma FFA member on the national level. He has also won three national proficiency awards.

Oklahoma FFA Association won the National FFA Hunger Challenge, and Tyson Foods delivered a truckload of food to the state’s regional food banks.

Oklahoma had 16 national proficiency finalists, a number of career development event finalists, 169 American FFA Degree recipients, six honorary degree recipients, 15 National Three Star Chapters and a National VIP Award winner. Oklahoma students also participated in the band, chorus and talent programs.

Oklahoma was recognized as a 100 percent Membership State and an Increase in Membership State. The state ranks fourth in total FFA membership and has 18 national delegates.

To see the full list of awards from the 2015 National Convention, go to

More than 1,700 attend BPA/DECA conference

More than 1,700 members of Oklahoma Business Professionals of America and Oklahoma DECA learned in October how they can make epic impacts on their chapters, schools and communities.

They met Oct. 28 in Norman for the 2015 Fall Leadership Conference, “Make It EPIC.”

The state officers and three professional presenters -- Rhett Laubach, Kelly Barnes and Brandon Baumgarten -- provided workshops and keynote presentations for students and professional development for advisers.

As a part of the annual conference, students participate in community service fundraisers to support national community service projects. Oklahoma BPA raised $9,769.20 for Oklahoma Special Olympics through the “Chain of Love” initiative. Oklahoma DECA raised money for Oklahoma City and Tulsa Muscular Dystrophy Associations through a “Miracle Minute” initiative. Representatives from these organizations spoke about the importance of community service and how their contributions will be used.

Excellence in Action award applications available

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium is accepting applications for its third annual Excellence in Action award, which will recognize and honor superior career technical education programs of study from around the nation.

Selected programs of study will exemplify excellence in implementation of career clusters and have a meaningful impact on student achievement and success. All winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in spring 2016 in Washington, D.C.
This award is an opportunity to have excellent programs of study recognized on a national level through the media, at conferences, on webinars and in blog posts, newsletters and articles throughout the year. This year, award winners were highlighted at the White House’s Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education’s event, at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s CareerTech VISION conference in New Orleans and in a variety of local and national publications.

Winning programs will be selected by a panel of State CTE Directors and past award recipients. Learn more about the award and apply at

CareerTech state director will moderate #OklaEd chat 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 on Twitter under #OklaEd 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.

SkillsUSA members help Shawnee Economic Development Foundation

During a SkillsUSA event at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, some of the students took time out to help clean and paint at the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation offices.

“While we had prepared for the work to be done in advance, we weren’t prepared for the friendliness, gung ho spirit and teamwork they displayed while accomplishing those tasks. To be honest these young individuals accomplished a lot in the two hours they were here and we are grateful for their efforts,” SEDF Executive Director Tim Burg wrote in the foundation’s Monday Memo. Burg is also a member of the State Board of CareerTech Education.


Interview during game will feature Marcie Mack

Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack will be featured in an interview during the OU-Baylor game Nov. 14. The game starts at 7 p.m. and airs on ABC.

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

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Schedule for the week of 11-9:

Senior leadership

Accreditation meeting

Downtown Rotary

Governor’s Energy Conference

Metro Tech business and industry advisory meeting

Radio interview

Oklahoma Works System Alumni

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