Director's Weekly Memo 2015-12-21
CareerTech student organization helps student succeed
As an Arnett sixth-grader enrolled in her first technology education course, Madeline Atha became involved in Technology Student Association, a CareerTech student organization affiliated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Atha competed at the national level and served as treasurer, secretary and president of her local chapter.
When she graduated from Arnett High School in 2014, she had six years of technology education courses under her belt. One of her favorite competitions was Career Comparisons, which taught her how to build a resume and cover letter and to interview professionally.
In addition to those skills, TSA taught Atha:
- Basic computer skills such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
- Communication skills, which she used to secure internships and communicate with college professors.
- Time management, teamwork and problem-solving skills that gave her a leg up in college.
Atha is now a successful pre-vet student at Oklahoma State University and hopes to own her own veterinary clinic and become a rural vet. She credits her college success to her TSA involvement.
NACIQI approves continued accreditation
In Washington, D.C., last week Dawn Lindsley and I gave testimony to the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity.
On Friday morning, the U.S. Department of Education gave its recommendation to the NACIQI, and we were asked to answer some questions regarding our accreditation process to date. Though the decision is unofficial until we receive official notification (up to 90 days after the hearing -- approximately March 2016), the recommendation was for continued approval of the Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education’s status to accredit our technology centers in Oklahoma.
We will provide further requested documentation to NACIQI within the next 12 months on the updated accreditation tool. NACIQI will review it in December 2017.
Thank you to all who provided input and feedback as we move forward with accreditation.
Two CareerTech courses added in computer science and computer technology
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Educations recently approved that two computer science/computer technology courses for the OSRHE requirement for college admission and Oklahoma’s Promise.
On Dec. 18, the regents determined that IT Essentials and Security Fundamentals both meet the requirements for the computer technology subject area. The courses have been evaluated for college admission and Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (Oklahoma’s Promise) requirements based on information provided to the OSRHE.
CareerTech’s proven successes in 2015 will narrow the workforce gap
Oklahoma CareerTech programs in common education (agricultural education; business, marketing and information technology education; family and consumer sciences education; heath careers education; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and trade and industrial education), technology centers and skills centers programs in correctional facilities succeeded in 2015 in ways that will narrow Oklahoma’s workforce gap.
The programs delivered the following:
- 14,318 certificates and/or industry-recognized credentials earned by students.
- 14,841 Career Readiness Certificates earned by students.
- 93 percent of CareerTech completers employed, continuing in postsecondary education or engaged in a military career.
- 6,760 companies served with positive outcomes.
This Week at CareerTech
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education will close Dec. 24 and reopen Jan. 4. We want to thank you for your continued dedicated work and support for CareerTech. We wish you a safe holiday season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.