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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-6-15

Francis Tuttle to be inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame; additional academic credits approved for CareerTech courses; Engineering Design Competition winners announced; Putnam City North HOSA adviser receives national recognition; academic credits approved for CareerTech courses; Teacher Institute applications available; OBAN coordinator wins SBA award; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-6-15

Dr. Francis Tuttle

Do what you can do to change the world." Alton Carter

Francis Tuttle to be inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Francis Tuttle will be inducted posthumously into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state.

Tuttle will be recognized Nov. 19 at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Awards Gala in Tulsa, and his portrait will be permanently displayed in the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, 1400 Classen Drive, Oklahoma City.

“When Jane Jayroe Gamble presented Dr. Tuttle’s name and talked about his accomplishments, I couldn’t help but feel others in the audience were beginning to understand why we have the premiere CareerTech system in the country,” said Tom Friedemann, superintendent of Francis Tuttle Technology Center, who attended Thursday’s announcement ceremony with Tuttle’s grandson, Chad Tuttle.

Other members of this year’s Hall of Fame class are Kevin Durant, Steadman Upham, Sharon Jester Turney, Bill Hancock, Mike Larsen, Jim Hulsey and William Ross.

This recognition will present an excellent opportunity to retell the Oklahoma CareerTech story to numerous Oklahomans who don’t know about Tuttle and the influence his leadership had on the Oklahoma economy through CareerTech education. For more information about the award and the gala, visit http://www.oklahomahof.com/Inductees.aspx.

Additional academic credits approved for CareerTech courses

Oklahoma CareerTech recently received approval to count nine Project Lead The Way courses for math and science academic credit on the ACE College Prep/Work Ready curriculum for Oklahoma. The courses will also count for Oklahoma’s Promise, which helps pay for college education.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved the PLTW pre-engineering and biomedical courses, adding six science, one math and two computer science courses to the approved course list for students planning on postsecondary education.

The approval is the result of cooperation among the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“This is huge for our students,” said Tommi Leach, academic coordinator at ODCTE. “This means our students could possibly have six math credits or eight science credits on their transcripts as opposed to four math, four science and the rest electives. What college in the country isn’t going to notice the difference?”

Oklahoma CareerTech has 29 pre-engineering and 25 biomedical academies with more than 7,000 students.

Engineering Design Competition winners announced

Teams from Tulsa Tech and Francis Tuttle Tech finished in the top five spots in the 2015 Oklahoma Engineering Design Competition.

The Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology  administers the competition for students who are enrolled in the Project Lead The Way capstone

course Engineering Design and Development. The competition is designed to recognize and reward outstanding student projects and highlight the importance of engineering design and problem-solving in STEM education.

Forty-two teams submitted projects. The top 16 teams were invited to showcase their projects June 12 at OSU. The top five teams presented their projects, and the top three teams were awarded OSU engineering scholarships.

Finishing in the top five spots were Tulsa Tech, first, Commercial Vehicle Blind Spots; Tulsa Tech, second, Crutches Safety on Stairs; Tulsa Tech, third, Prevention of Lost or Stolen Wallets; Tulsa Tech, fourth, Preventing the Loss of Misplaced Valuables; and Francis Tuttle Tech, fifth, Resilient Cross Arms.

Putnam City North HOSA adviser receives national recognition

Erin Herrmann, trainer at Putnam City North High School, received the Gatorade Secondary Schools Athletic Training Award. She was chosen out of all the high schools in District 5 (about seven states) to win this award based on her achievements with the athletic training program at Putnam City North and in the class­room.

Herrmann, an Oklahoma All State Ath­letic Trainer five years in a row, implemented an athletic training class with curriculum to further her students’ knowledge and created the district’s heat illness policy. In addition, she and her students won the state Pink Out challenge by raising the most money in the state for breast cancer awareness. The award was also based on her achievements with HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

She received a full Gatorade sideline package with coolers, powder, ice chests, a Gatorade Sideline Cart, a $1,000 grant to spend in the athletic training room and a trip to the National Athletic Train­ing Convention in St. Louis, Mo., this summer, where she will be recognized in front of athletic trainers from across the country. 

Academic credits approved for CareerTech courses

Oklahoma CareerTech recently received approval to count nine Project Lead The Way courses for math and science academic credit on the ACE College Prep/Work Ready curriculum for Oklahoma. The courses will also count for Oklahoma’s Promise, which helps pay for college education.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved the PLTW pre-engineering and biomedical courses, adding six science, one math and two computer science courses to the approved course list for students planning on postsecondary education.

The approval is the result of cooperation among the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“This is huge for our students,” said Tommi Leach, academic coordinator at ODCTE. “This means our students could possibly have six math credits or eight science credits on their transcripts as opposed to four math, four science and the rest electives. What college in the country isn’t going to notice the difference?”

Oklahoma CareerTech has 29 pre-engineering and 25 biomedical academies with more than 7,000 students.

Teacher Institute applications available

Applications for the CareerTech Teacher Institute are open through July 17. The institute is intended for alternative and provisional teachers who do not hold education degrees and who have fewer than two years of teaching experience. The rigorous program provides beginning teachers with critical classroom strategies and foundational skills.

The 18-month program will begin in July 2015 and end in December 2016. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain 15 hours of university credit, which will apply to the professional core requirements for teacher certification. Oklahoma Lottery Trust Fund scholarships are available to participants. Each participant will have an instructional coach and an on-site mentor during the first year.

For more information, contact Jennifer Wehrenberg at 405-743-5155 or .

OBAN coordinator wins SBA award

An Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network coordinator who works with veterans has won a Small Business Administration award from the Oklahoma District Office. Larry Findeiss, OBAN bid assistance coordinator at Tulsa Technology Center, was named the Veteran Champion.

Part of a nationwide program administered by the Defense Logistics Agency, OBAN is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education with funding support from all levels of government. OBAN provides marketing and technical assistance to Oklahoma businesses interested in selling products and services to federal, state, local and tribal governments.

Findeiss and other award winners will be honored at the state Capitol and an awards luncheon June 17.

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 6-15:

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

 Senior leadership

Oklahoma Horizon

Staff evaluations

Oklahoma Works

Teacher certification

Muddy Paws

Governor’s workforce council

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