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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-4-18

Wes Watkins makes contribution to Oklahoma FFA; CareerTech CIMC introduces new online catalog; Oklahoma FFA Foundation wins 2016 Community Impact Award; Kiamichi Tech’s EMS training simulator featured in national publication; useful links and my schedule.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-4-18

Former Congressman Wes Watkins

Wes Watkins makes contribution to Oklahoma FFA

Former Congressman Wes Watkins’ biography, “Making Things Better: Wes Watkins’ Legacy of Leadership,” by Kim Parrish, was released this month.

One of Watkins’ priorities is making sure every FFA chapter in Oklahoma has a copy of the book in its ag building, so every chapter will receive a free copy of the book and a bookmarker when it picks up the registration packet at the State FFA Convention next week.

The books represent an almost $10,000 in-kind donation to Oklahoma FFA by Wes and Lou Watkins. Watkins, the state FFA president in 1958-59, also signed each copy intended for an FFA chapter. He will have a booth in the State FFA Convention Career Show so he can visit with FFA advisers and members about the book and FFA’s influence on his life.

“Our Creator has the greatest influence in my life. The FFA and OSU shaped and molded my life. Everything a young person puts into FFA through hard work and determination will be multiplied manyfold in your vision and success in life,” Watkins said.

Kent Boggs, state FFA executive secretary at Oklahoma CareerTech, said he encourages every FFA adviser to drop by the booth, introduce themselves to Watkins and thank him for the book and for what he has meant to FFA.

“You never know how many other opportunities there will be to meet and/or thank Wes Watkins for all he has meant to us,” Boggs said. “It would also mean a lot to me personally for you to do that.”

In addition to serving as a state FFA president, Watkins served as Oklahoma State University student body president in 1960-61 and was one of Oklahoma’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1991 and from 1997 to 2003.

CareerTech CIMC introduces new online catalog

CIMC is excited to introduce the next generation of its online catalog featuring curriculum and assessment products. The catalog is available at

The new interactive catalog serves as a hub for educators in the field to access agency products and services. The only thing that has changed with the catalog is everything: Users will notice a professional look and feel, enhanced graphics, links to resources, suggested products and the ability to pay with a credit card, purchase order or check.

We are thrilled to offer an improved and interactive experience that allows users to find their favorite products and services – the only thing that hasn’t changed. As always, our skills standards, curriculum and assessments create the perfect foundation for competency-based instruction in Oklahoma and beyond.

Take a moment to discover the new online catalog and see how it has changed. CIMC is committed to your satisfaction and welcomes your feedback.

CIMC is part of the Curriculum, Assessment and Digital Delivery Division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. For additional information on our products and services, please visit CIMC, the CareerTech Testing Center, ctYOUniverse or CareerTech Digital Printing, Distribution and Client Services.


Oklahoma FFA Foundation wins 2016 Community Impact Award

The Oklahoma FFA Foundation received another prestigious award at a luncheon April 12 in downtown Oklahoma City.

The foundation was honored with the 2016 Community Impact Award by the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium. Several corporate leaders, who are also sponsors of the State FFA Convention, attended and had many nice things to say about FFA and the job the FFA Foundation is doing for the youth of our state.

“It was a good day for the FFA!” said Kendall Brashears, Oklahoma FFA Foundation executive director.


Kiamichi Tech’s EMS training simulator featured in national publication

The executive director of the National Association of EMS Educators wrote about Kiamichi Technology Centers’ Disaster Response and Emergency Training Simulator in the NAEMSE Educator Update.

The director, Joann Freel, met KTC EMS Director Gina Riggs at a workshop in Louisiana and learned about the simulator, which is housed in a 48-foot mobile trailer. The trailer features life-size mannequins that respond to EMS students providing care, cameras to record training sessions for review and equipment for remote training.

The trailer was also used last summer by the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina after the hospital’s ER, labs and X-ray and radiology rooms flooded.

For more about DRETS, visit its Facebook page.

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

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide


This week

Senior leadership

Oklahoma Works

Conference calls

Legislative meetings

Oklahoma Works Conference

CareerTech board meeting

Rural superintendent’s meeting

CTAC executive meeting

CTAC meeting

PACE conference

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