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Weekly Memo 2015-2-2

Tim Burg reappointed to CareerTech board; Oklahomans attend Technology Centers That Work forum; business and industry services helped more than 6,600 businesses in FY14; ODCTE will host Leadership Oklahoma Friday; strong job outlook for cybersecurity; the January 2015 ctYOUniverse newsletter is now available; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Weekly Memo 2015-2-2

CareerTech board member Tim Burg is executive director for the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation.

We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese

Tim Burg reappointed to CareerTech board

Tim Burg of Shawnee has been reappointed to the State Board of Career and Technology Education pending Senate confirmation. Burg’s appointment is a six-year term beginning April 2, 2015, and expiring April 1, 2021. This position serves as an at large member and represents the public, private and educational interests of the state. Burg serves as the executive director/CEO of the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation, a public/private partnership between the city of Shawnee and the local business community. The organization is dedicated to building the economy of Shawnee and the surrounding region.

Oklahomans attend Technology Centers That Work forum

Oklahoma was recognized at the National Technology Centers That Work Leaders’ Forum in January for the implementation of standards-based projects. More than 50 Oklahomans from eight technology centers attended the seventh annual forum Jan. 27-29 at Point Clear, Ala. Becki Foster, associate state director, and Twila Green, TCTW/HSTW coordinator, also attended the forum and the TCTW advisory board meeting.

The forum was designed to unite career and technology education leaders to share knowledge, views and experiences that reflect strategies to implement continuous improvement models. The forum featured three deep-dive sessions: creating an advanced career curriculum, enhancing CTE with an emphasis on implementing standards-based projects and simulating workplaces in CTE classrooms.

Business and industry services helped more than 6,600 businesses in FY14

CareerTech served more than 6,600 businesses in FY14 through customized training and consulting. CareerTech partners with companies to increase productivity, reduce costs and meet their ever changing training needs. Through specialized training in safety, companies can reduce injury rates by promoting health and safety practices. In safety alone, more than 2,100 companies were helped by the services provided through CareerTech. Companies have many workforce needs, and CareerTech is a resource available to meet those needs. If your business has specific training needs or you want to start a new business, contact your local technology center.

ODCTE will host Leadership Oklahoma Friday

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech is honored to be a host for a portion of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXVIII on Friday at the agency. While at the agency, the class will participate in an open forum on education with State Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson, CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister.

Strong job outlook for cybersecurity

In recent months, several major cyberattacks have affected companies such as Sony Pictures, Target, JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot and Bank of America. The increased risk of cyberattacks is driving the demand for cybersecurity professionals. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a strong job outlook for cybersecurity professionals. For example, employment of information security analysts is projected to increase by 37 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the national average for all occupations.

As a leading member of the Cyber Security Education Consortium, the CareerTech System is recognized nationally for creating a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce. To advance these efforts, CSEC is partnering with other National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Centers to co-sponsor the second annual Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) June 17-19 at the College of Southern Nevada. To learn more about the conference visit,

The January 2015 ctYOUniverse newsletter is now available!

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.

Employment Opportunities in the CareerTech System

Schedule for the week 2-2

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership
State of the State address

CTSO Day at the Capitol
Workforce system partners meeting
Legislator meetings

Legislative meetings
House A&B education subcommittee

Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, Tinker Air Force Base visit

Governor’s Workforce Council
Leadership Oklahoma at agency
Conference call

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