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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-7-25

Project Lead the Way teachers participate in professional development; Oklahoma FFA students make the finals in the 2016 top achievement awards; CareerTech participates in program for STEM teachers; CIMC offers new employability resources web page; useful links; and CareerTech events.

Project Lead the Way teachers participate in professional development

Oklahoma Project Lead The Way affiliates trained 109 Oklahoma CareerTech instructors this summer.

We are proud of all of our teachers who participated in this very rigorous training. Training sessions for high school teachers are two weeks, and training sessions for middle school teachers are three to five days.

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences trained 26 biomedical sciences teachers and three middle school medical detectives teachers. Oklahoma State University trained 25 high school pre-engineering and computer science teachers and 55 middle school Gateway teachers.

Oklahoma CareerTech’s eight PLTW master teachers also trained teachers across the country in various PLTW courses.

The PLTW professional development model is designed to provide dynamic, intensive teacher training in STEM education through robust instructional support and face-to-face learning. PLTW teachers represent a wide variety of backgrounds and share a passion for empowering students with the skills, knowledge and habits of mind necessary for future success.


Oklahoma FFA students make the finals in the 2016 top achievement awards

Out of 16 students selected nationally for top achievement awards, Oklahoma has two finalists.

Tyler Schnaithman, Garber FFA, is one of four finalists for American Star Farmer, and Garrett Yerigan, Pryor FFA, is one of four finalists for American Star in Agribusiness. The National FFA organization will announce the winners at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 20.

 “The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Recognized are FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through supervised agricultural experience programs; earned an American FFA Degree, the highest level of achievement the organization bestows upon a member; and met agricultural education, leadership and scholarship requirements,” the National FFA Organization said in a release.

Congratulations, Tyler and Garrett!


CareerTech participates in program for STEM teachers

Chuck Mills
Chuck Mills, owner of Mills Machine Co., speaks at the Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership.
The ninth annual Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership is offering three days of sessions with industry experts, field trips and workshops to 100 Oklahoma STEM teachers this week.

The teachers, who work in grades five through 12, also receive a science equipment gift certificate and are eligible to win a $750 grant at the invitation-only program. They are visiting Boeing, Chesapeake Energy, Ben E. Keith Co., Macklanburg-Duncan, Dell, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation/University of Central Oklahoma Forensics Science Center.

In addition, teachers attend workshops from OERB, Ag in the Classroom and Newspapers in Education and a presentation by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education on career planning tools for students.

Funded primarily by contributions from industry organizations, the program is part of OEIP and the state’s efforts to create a career pathways culture that seeks to close the workforce gap between high school graduates and high-paying STEM careers.


CIMC offers new employability resources web page

CIMC, a division of Oklahoma CareerTech, has launched a new employability resources web page.

The page is intended to help support employability efforts in all areas by drawing attention to specific products that are available, including curriculum; online assessments and study guides; and supplemental tools such as posters and pocket guides.

To see the resources, visit the CIMC website at and click on “Employability Resources” in the left column.


49th annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference, Making A Difference, Aug. 1-2, 2016, Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center


Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech.

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Adult Basic Education Foundations newsletters

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum


CareerTech Events

Teacher Institute 2016-17 Cohort, July 25-29

Project Lead The Way Introduction to Computer Science, July 25-30

2016 Summer Conference, Aug. 1-2

Project Lead The Way Gateway To Technology -- Medical Detectives, Aug. 1-5

OK Career Guide Training, Aug. 12-Sept. 30

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