Director's Weekly Memo 2016-2-1
Oklahoma celebrates CareerTech Education Month in February
The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech partnered with Oklahoma CareerTech student organizations to kick off CareerTech Education Month with CTSO Day at the Capitol.
The seven CTSO officer teams met at the state Capitol Feb. 2 to talk to their legislators and distribute booklets ODCTE created highlighting CTSO students and their teachers. “Making A Difference -- Oklahoma CareerTech” featured a champion from each of the seven CTSOs and the teachers of each student explaining why they teach. The seven student/teacher stories can also be found on the CareerTech website at http://www.okcareertech.org/educators/why-i-teach/why-i-teach.
In addition, Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers are celebrating CareerTech Education month with social media posts, sophomore Tech Fest and Showcase events for their partner high schools, professional development opportunities for their partner high schools, community luncheons and recognition programs, press releases and fun activities for students and staff and faculty members.
HOSA officers tour Tinker Air Force Base
Oklahoma HOSA state officers and their advisers toured Tinker Air Force Base recently.
Lt. Michael Brode, 2009-2010 HOSA national president, who is now stationed at Tinker, organized the Jan. 12 tour of the Occupational Medicine Clinic.
Lt. Col. Michelle Wuete briefed the HOSA officers were briefed on the Occupational and Environmental Health Division on base, and Lt. Col Stephen Simpson talked about the Biomedical Science Corps. The officers learned about the many health related opportunities in the environmental and biomedical areas.
The officers also learned about the importance of Tinker Air Force Base as one of five Air Force Sustainment centers. The mission of the Air Force Sustainment Center is to sustain weapon system readiness to generate air power for America.
The officers also had the opportunity to see the largest electron microscope in the world. This microscope is used to find and repair air plane parts that may have been damaged.
Autry Tech SkillsUSA chapter challenging themselves and others
Autry Technology Center SkillsUSA students heard about community service from fellow SkillsUSA members at Tulsa Technology Center’s Peoria campus during the Autry chapter’s January meeting.
The Tulsa students are in the Forensics and Security Chapter at their technology center. Since January 2011, they have had 100 state medalists, 24 national medalists, 15 district officers and three state officers. They have donated more than $23,000 to various causes and have logged more than 20,000 hours of community service and more than 30,000 hours of industry-based job shadowing and work-based learning.
The Tulsa students spoke to Autry’s students about the importance of giving back to the community and the different ways of doing so. The Autry SkillsUSA officer team challenged Autry’s members to complete at least one community service project by March 31. This would be a competition to see which program could help the most.
The Northwest District officers and the state officers from Northwest completed a community service project at Feed the Children during Christmas break. They packed 12 pallets of 480 boxes in 2.5 hours. Groups usually average eight to 10 pallets in 2.5 hours.
During January’s executive council meeting, the Northwest District challenged all the other districts to join them in a competition next year to see who can pack the most boxes for Feed the Children.
CareerTech state director meets with military representatives
Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack talked with several top military representatives Jan. 29 about events and resources CareerTech provides Oklahoma’s military residents.
Resources include hiring events, certifications and credentials, OK Career Guide, WorkKeys and the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network. The representatives provided input on the effectiveness of these activities and shared specific military-related needs that could be addressed by the CareerTech System.
Plans are underway to reconvene this group biannually to check progress. The agency will seek additional input from targeted groups and increase communication to military audiences regarding CareerTech resources.
ODCTE opens dialogue on CareerTech agriculture education with Bulgaria representative
With the help of CareerTech State Board member Tim Burg, the commercial counselor and trade attache from Bulgaria, who is based in Washington, D.C., learned about CareerTech agricultural education.
ODCTE was able to begin a dialogue on sharing educational resources, starting with our outstanding agricultural education division. More opportunities for a mutually-beneficial relationship are being discussed to show the benefits of the Oklahoma CareerTech System and the strength it brings to workforce development.
EPSCoR working with CareerTech to open Gateway to Technology sites
Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education began plans in 2014 to open four new Gateway to Technology schools in rural Oklahoma in four years. The sites are located in rural areas of the state with high minority, low-income and first-generation college student populations.
The first two schools to receive the EPSCoR GTT grants are Pansy Kidd Middle School in Poteau and Henryetta Middle School. These new schools would not have access to the GTT program without EPSCoR grant funding, said Sara Wright, Oklahoma CareerTech STEM state program administrator.
GTT features a project-based curriculum designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students. The curriculum is provided through the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way program. Students study mechanical and computer control systems, such as robotics and animation, and explore the importance of energy, including innovative ways to reduce, conserve and produce power using solar, thermal and wind alternatives.
The Oklahoma Gateway to Technology program serves more than 4,700 students each year. Videos about the CareerTech and EPSCoR partnership can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lnQF2r7T5o&feature=youtu.be and http://www.ostate.tv/?play=5E6F6B00-EA53-B413-A183-5F0AA5E2A07A.
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt