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Weekly Memo 2015-1-12

CareerTech Foundation honored; FIRST Recycle Rush 2015 Robotics game unveiled; ODCTE staff members observe best practices at annual conference; CareerTech explores aviation MRO; Cowboy sports radio to feature CareerTech; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Weekly Memo 2015-1-12

A gift from OSU to the CareerTech Foundation.

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind.” – Albert Schweitzer

Happy 2015!

Wishing you all the best as we start 2015. CareerTech has made many strides in the past year and will continue to be the high-reward investment that will allow many generations to prosper.

CareerTech Foundation honored

OSU Foundation Director of Development Denise Unruh and OSU College of Education Dean Pamela Carroll recognized the CareerTech Foundation for its contributions to the Branding Success campaign. The foundation was presented with a beautiful orange and black glass sculpture. Thank you to all individuals who contributed to the foundation campaign to help make a difference in education.

FIRST Recycle Rush 2015 Robotics Game Unveiled

More than 800 Oklahoma high school students and mentors participated in the FIRST Robotics kickoff Jan. 3 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa. The students will build robots to compete against teams in 114 cities worldwide, giving them the opportunity to excel in STEM fields. Approximately 48 Oklahoma teams from grades nine through12 saw the 2015 robotics game field and challenge -- the Recycle Rush -- for the first time and received a precisely crafted parts kit – motors, batteries, control system and components – with limited instructions. The teams will have six weeks to build a robot from scratch before competing against other teams. http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/first-recycle-rush-2015-robotics-game-unveiled

ODCTE staff members observe best practices at annual conference

Three ODCTE staff members attended the 2014 Annual Assembly of the Missouri Network for Educational Improvement to learn how the state of Missouri effectively manages and integrates its continuous improvement efforts.

The Missouri Network for Educational Improvement is a joint initiative of the MU College of Education, the Missouri School Boards Association, the Missouri State Teachers Association and the Missouri Association of School Administrators. The network is designed to help districts strategically and intentionally coordinate continuous improvement efforts using knowledge management techniques developed by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. For more information visit http://education.missouri.edu/hookcenter/mnei.php.

CareerTech explores aviation MRO

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech is exploring involvement opportunities in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul. In Oklahoma, MRO is a very involved process that often warrants a complete strip-down and rebuild of an aircraft. ODCTE representatives traveled to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 7 to learn more about technical training enterprise processes and functions, learn about a basic instructor course and discuss initial skills relating to aircraft maintenance/propulsion. Eddie Compton, Scott Smith, Jeff Huffman, Thomas Doerner, James Wirt and Randy Kirk attended. More meetings and discussions are planned. For more information, contact Eddie Compton at . (Craig Maile)

Cowboy sports radio to feature CareerTech

As part of the statewide marketing initiative, CareerTech will be featured Jan. 13 during the Oklahoma State University versus University of Kansas men’s basketball game. The radio interview will be aired on the Cowboy Radio Network during the game, which begins at 6 p.m.

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
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Schedule for the week of 1-12

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Monday

Senior Leadership
Inauguration

Tuesday

Performance reviews
Kiwanis Club

Wednesday

Performance reviews
Standards steering committee

Thursday

Alliance board meeting
Teacher certification meeting
Administrative support meeting

Friday

Special board meeting

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