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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-8-24

CareerTech launches statewide online career development system; Thanks, Caddo Kiowa Tech! digital resources available for you; Robert Ross appointed to CareerTech board; OBAN helps sponsor Indian Country Business Summit; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-8-24

Robert J. Ross, newest CareerTech board member

Robert Ross appointed to CareerTech board

Robert J. Ross of Oklahoma City was appointed to the State Board of Career and Technology Education. He is one of two board members representing the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

Ross is president and CEO and a member of the board of directors of Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The Inasmuch Foundation supports education, health and human services and community enhancement initiatives to enrich the quality of life for Oklahomans, and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building ethics, skills and opportunities to advance principled, probing news and information, according to the foundations’ websites.

CareerTech launches statewide online career development system

Oklahoma students and workers will soon have access to OK Career Guide, a new statewide career development education system.

The robust online career tool is customized for Oklahoma and is supported by Oklahoma CareerTech. State Director Marcie Mack said the OK Career Guide system offers users new ways to explore careers, pathways and educational opportunities.

OK Career Guide will be launched Aug. 21 initially to more than 250 comprehensive schools and 29 technology center districts, with expansion to continue throughout the year. Mack said Oklahoma CareerTech is committed to assuring students have the knowledge and skills to make informed career choices.

The OK Career Guide system offers research-based assessments that allow users to identify interests, skills and values. These results will align with the U.S. Department of Labor’s 16 Career Clusters and ultimately to specific career options. The system will identify the training and education needed for each occupation, including a database of schools that offer the necessary education for that career.

“OK Career Guide can show schools what top interests and skills their students have,” Mack said. “A school may use the information to host events that promote areas of interests or to promote specific industries. This could help Oklahoma close some of our skills gaps.”

“The OK Career Guide allows our students to not only dream big, but also provides roadmaps for them to accomplish those dreams,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “This will be a significant component to the Oklahoma Works initiative. The OK Career Guide also allows for businesses to post open jobs, link to their websites and even interview candidates online. This is an exciting tool for students, educators and businesses.”

A national scholarship database that will be part of the OK Career Guide will offer information on more than 14,000 scholarship opportunities. Users will be able to create a personal portfolio to store all of their accomplishments. They’ll have access to job search tools such as resume writing, practice applications, cover letters and even an eProfile that will allow adult users to connect with businesses during the job search process.

OK Career Guide’s initial launch will serve individuals in grades six through adults. Administrators, teachers, advisers and counselors can attend training across the state. In fall 2016, OK Career Guide will add a platform for students in kindergarten through fifth grade to begin early career education conversations with elementary school students.

Thanks, Caddo Kiowa Tech!

Thank you to Caddo Kiowa Technology Center for hosting the CareerTech state director for a visit Aug. 21. 

Great things are happening in Fort Cobb. Check out their website at http://www.caddokiowa.com/.

Digital resources available for you

CareerTech’s ctYOU.org and ctYOUniverse.com learning management systems provide the perfect environments to explore blended learning in the classroom. Instructors and staff interested in learning how to use Moodle, the learning management system software used by the agency, may set up a user ID on ctyou.org and request a course site. To set up a user ID, simply complete the following steps:

  • Go to ctYOU.org.
  • Click the “Log in” link in the upper right of the screen.
  • Click the “Create new account” link on the lower right half of the page.
  • Fill out the form, agree to the terms and await your confirmation email.
  • Click the link in the email to activate your user account.

Once you have a user ID, you can request a course, meeting site or training sandbox on ctYOU.org by clicking “Request a ctYOU Course” and filling out the online form. You will receive a link to a Moodle course website that you can customize.

Free training packets on 23 topics, which work well for self-training or facilitator-led sessions, may be downloaded from CIMC’s website at http://www.okcareertech.org/educators/cimc/ctyouniverse.

Schools interested in receiving hands-on Moodle training at their sites can contact Margi Stone Cooper at 405-743-5538 to make arrangements. We request at least 12 trainees per session. Training at a centrally located regional site can be arranged if more than one school would like to attend training.

Instructors and staff may also practice using Moodle in the new ctYOUniverse demo website at demo.ctyouniverse.com. Log in instructions can be found on the site’s homepage. Users may manipulate prepopulated courses sites, which then automatically refresh every hour.

If you have questions or need assistance, you can find agency contact information on ctYOU.org.

OBAN helps sponsor Indian Country Business Summit

The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network is co-sponsoring the Indian Country Business Summit Aug. 25-26.

OBAN is working with Oklahoma’s other procurement technical assistance center, the Tribal Government Institute, to produce the summit. ICBS 2015 will bring together a variety of business people with buyers and business trainers for two days of education and networking. The goal is to help Native American and other minority-owned businesses become more competitive and win more government contracts.

ICBS 2015 is packed with business networking, new business opportunities and training. Attendees will have access to government agencies, prime contractors and tribes that are diversifying their vendor bases. As tribes expand there are more opportunities for tribes and non-Native companies to do business together, and the unique legal status of tribes presents both opportunities and challenges for such partnerships.

The event, which is open to all businesses, contractors, government agencies and buyers, entrepreneurs and tribes, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Embassy Suites Norman. For more information or to register, visit www.icbsshow.com.

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

CareerTech Hall of Fame

Share your best practices under announcements on ctyou.org

Schedule for the week 8-24:

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Morning chat

Senior leadership

Oklahoma Horizon

Staff evaluations

AGC

CT retirees luncheon

Economic networks regional meeting

NGA/Oklahoma Works meeting

Education IT Council

OkACTE

OSSBA conference

 

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