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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-9-14

CareerTech and TEEM partner to train welders and food service workers; congratulations to Southwest Technology Center and Hollis School District; updated Assessment List is now available; Skills Centers working with Macy’s to provide jobs for students; National Association of State Directors spotlights Oklahoma; national HOSA president visits Oklahoma; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-9-14

All seven welders who graduated Sept. 10 have job interviews scheduled.

CareerTech and TEEM partner to train welders and food service workers

Seven offenders at the Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center graduated Sept. 10 from a six-week welding course, the result of a partnership among the Skills Centers division of Oklahoma CareerTech, The Education and Employment Ministry, It’s My Community Initiative, Work Ready Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

The offenders learned basic welding and safety techniques, including shielded metal arc welding, oxy fuel cutting and metal preparation. The welding equipment is mounted on a trailer in a mobile lab created by Skills Centers instructors.

Oklahoma City steel fabricating company W&W Steel donated materials for students to use during the hands-on training, and program graduates will be eligible for jobs at W&W Steel.

CareerTech and TEEM are also collaborating on culinary arts training for female offenders housed at Kate Barnard Community Corrections Center in Oklahoma City. CIMC and the Print Shop teamed up to provide customized curriculum materials for the program, which is being taught at TEEM offices in Oklahoma City.

Congratulations to Southwest Technology Center and Hollis School District

Hollis residents voted Sept. 8 to annex into Southwest Technology Center’s school district. This is a great opportunity for students, businesses and taxpayers to become a part of the technology center’s district. Thank you to the voters of Hollis for making this annexation a reality.

Updated Assessment List is now available

The 2015-16 Assessment List is now available on the Standards & Assessment Division’s website,

This year’s list looks quite a bit different than the list from previous years. Assessments are no longer categorized by type (e.g., 1, 2) by an assessment approval committee. Starting this year, all assessments that are appropriate for CareerTech students and that can be attained upon completion of training are listed with characteristics identified.

Assessments that meet requirements for educational initiatives such as A-F School Grading and Prior Learning Assessments are also identified on the new list.

If you have questions about the Assessment List, please contact Jennifer Cartwright at

Skills Centers working with Macy’s to provide jobs for students

Skills Centers employees Janet Ashley, A.J. Metcalf and Steve Evans visited Macy’s new 1.3 million square-foot distribution center in August and met with the company’s human resources department about hiring CareerTech Students.

Macy’s was excited about what CareerTech teaches at the Taft Skills Center, saying that what the Skills Center teaches is what Macy’s needs.

Macy’s has said it will employ 1,250 to 1,500 core employees at the distribution center and flex up to 5,000 during peak season.

National Association of State Directors spotlights Oklahoma

State Director Marcie Mack is featured in the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Learning That Works blog and will be included in its member newsletter. The article showcases new state directors and gives members an opportunity to learn more about them.

Visit the blog at

National HOSA president visits Oklahoma

HOSA - Future Health Professionals National President Amit Sandhu visited Oklahoma this week.

He was elected June 25 as national HOSA president for the 2015-16 National Executive Council. He attends UCLA, where he is studying psychobiology.

HOSA is one of seven co-curricular CareerTech student organizations. Its mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development for all health science education students.

HOSA has more than 150,000 members in approximately 3,500 chartered chapters in 48 state associations, including the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Oklahoma’s chapter has more than 5,000 members, including secondary, postsecondary, collegiate, professional and alumni members.

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

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Schedule for the week 9-14:

Senior leadership

National HOSA president

Board orientation

Military initiative briefing

Shared IT services steering team

State board meeting


Oklahoma Arts Institute


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