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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-4-6

CareerTech featured in Commerce newsletter; ODCTE wins OKSPRA awards; Autry Technology Center instructor elected to state medical board; CIMC catalog now available; job fair at WTC Elk City is a success; special thanks for attending the Digital Projects Open House; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-4-6

Digital Projects Open House

The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.” – Robert Tew

CareerTech featured in Commerce newsletter

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s monthly newsletter New Pioneer included an article about how CareerTech is helping business and building a workforce. Read the full question-and-answer article at

ODCTE wins OKSPRA awards

Members of the Communications and Marketing Division won four awards during the Oklahoma School Public Relations Association’s annual spring conference at Quartz Mountain Resort. They were honored March 31 at the OKSPRA 2015 Annual Publication and Communications Awards ceremony. Staff members received awards in every category they entered: Award of Excellence – Connie Romans – Excellence in Writing (Muddy Paws story); Award of Excellence – “Oklahoma Horizon” – Video/Program/Photography (Episode 1441 - Education); Award of Excellence – Creative Services – Brochure/Pamphlet (CareerTech Business Plan); and Award of Merit – Connie Romans, Alisa Hines and Denise Morris – Video/Program/Photography (FCCLA: What to Wear).

OKSPRA is a statewide professional development organization that includes public relations professionals from comprehensive schools, technology centers and public relations agencies.

Autry Technology Center instructor elected to state medical board

Jim Grantz, Autry Technology Center respiratory care clinical director, is serving on the Respiratory Committee of the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

“This is the first time in my 15 years of working in northwest Oklahoma that someone from our area has been elected to the committee,” said Deryl Gulliford, respiratory care program director. “As medical professionals get more involved at the state level, we can be sure the interests of our area and more rural areas are represented.”

Gulliford explained that traditionally, boards like these are composed of professionals from Oklahoma City and Tulsa, which leaves out most of Oklahoma.

Grantz said, “I think they chose me because the recognized the need for a rural medical voice on the committee. They need a different perspective.”

The Respiratory Committee is in charge of anything to do with respiratory care licensure. The Oklahoma Society of Respiratory Care, of which Grantz is a member, nominated him for the position. He will serve three to four years on the committee. (From Autry Technology Center)

CIMC catalog now available

The 2015-16 CIMC catalog is now available. The full catalog PDF is available at our website: We will add mini-catalog PDFs as well for each section in the full catalog. We have printed copies of the complete catalog as well. If you had an opportunity to visit with the Print Plant staff at the recent Digital Projects Open House, you likely saw samples of the excellent products they can print for you. Our 2015-16 catalog is another such example and is the first full-color catalog we’ve produced. Thank you for your support.

Job fair at WTC Elk City is a success

Job-seekers began arriving two hours early for a job fair at Western Technology Center in Elk City. The job fair, hosted by Gov. Mary Fallin, was the first in a series of job and resource fairs. It was scheduled to open at 11 a.m., but job-seekers were there early.

“By 9 a.m. we had people waiting in the parking lot to come inside,” said Danny Britton, site director of the WTC Elk City campus. “We had approximately 75 to 100 people come in prior to 11 a.m. and a steady stream of people seeking assistance up until 2 p.m.”

The Oklahoma Job and Resource Fair was hosted by the Office of the Governor, Oil Patch Chaplains, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Office of the Secretary of Education and Workforce Development, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the State Chamber of Oklahoma. Local partners were Western Technology Center, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, businesses and faith-based and community organizations. (From Western Technology Center)

Special thanks for attending the Digital Projects Open House

Staff members from Curriculum, Assessment and Digital Delivery, Digital Printing, Distribution and Client Services, OK Career Guide and CareerTech Brand Center would like to thank the more than 100 individuals who attended the Digital Projects Open House. We were happy to share our progress on new initiatives and demonstrate the great things happening in our agency. If you would like more information about these projects or were unable to attend the event, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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

Schedule for the week 4-6

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership meeting

Workforce systems partners meeting
Oklahoma Works core team meeting

National State Directors meeting

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