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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-9-26

National Manufacturing Day is Oct. 7; October is Careers in Construction Month; GuidanceFest workshops planned in October; students attend 15th annual Construction Career Day; Francis Tuttle Tech students honored at FutureTech Nationals; free resources available for teachers; useful links; and CareerTech events.

National Manufacturing Day is Oct. 7

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October -- this year’s celebration is Oct. 7 -- any day can be a Manufacturing Day.

Find out more about National Manufacturing Day at Mfgday.com and find a list of Manufacturing Day events in Oklahoma, including several at technology centers, at http://www.mfgday.com/events?country=US&state=OK#filter.

 

October is Careers in Construction Month

Oklahoma has received a proclamation from Gov. Mary Fallin declaring October Careers in Construction Month in Oklahoma, created to increase awareness of and involvement in construction-related careers and to help close the skills gap that exists in that industry. Oklahoma was the first state in the country this year to get that proclamation.

For more information on construction careers, see Connie Romans’ article on page 8 of this month’s issue of Builder’s Edge magazine.

 

GuidanceFest workshops planned in October

GuidanceFest, established in 2008Oklahoma CareerTech’s Career and Academic Connections Division will present five GuidanceFest workshops around the state in October. The workshops focus on the changing role of the school counselor in Oklahoma and the new features on OK Career Guide and include an update from the State Department of Education.

Workshops will be Oct. 4 at Autry Tech in Enid, Oct. 5 at Western Tech in Burns Flat, Oct. 11 at Tulsa Tech Owasso Campus, Oct. 12 at Pontotoc Tech in Ada and Oct. 18 at Francis Tuttle Tech Rockwell Campus. Each workshop will be from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

To register, go to https://guidancefest2016.eventbrite.com.

 

Students attend 15th annual Construction Career Day

Construction Career Day Bridge Winners
A team from Metro Tech-South Bryant Campus’ drafting design program won first place in the bridge competition.
More than 250 CareerTech students from Oklahoma City Public Schools and Metro Technology Centers participated in the Construction Career Day at OSU-OKC.

The event, organized by DJ Bowker, OKCPS business industry career development coordinator, Terry Clinefelter from OSU-OKC and Andy Penney from ODOT, is a great partnership with industry and the military.

A team from Metro Tech-South Bryant Campus’ drafting design program won first place in the bridge competition.

Construction Career Day
CareerTech students from Oklahoma City Public Schools and Metro Technology Centers participated in Construction Career Day at OSU-OKC.

 

Francis Tuttle Tech students honored at FutureTech Nationals

FutureTech National Contest Winners
From left, Francis Tuttle Tech instructors Brad Wake and Coy Morris and students Sydney Behm, Matthew Adams and Nathan Gonzales.
A Francis Tuttle Technology Center student was recently named national grand champion in the American Trucking Association’s TMC FutureTech competition.

Matthew Adams beat out 46 other students from around the country in the diesel technician skills competition and earned more than $15,000 in cash and prizes. He also earned more than $10,000 worth of training aids for the technology center.

Two other Francis Tuttle students also placed nationally: Nathan Gonzales finished 17th in the national competition. Sydney Behm placed third among the female competitors and was asked to be part of the TIM Young Professionals, representing technicians around the country.

With them in the photo are instructors Brad Wake and Coy Morris.

 

Free resources available for teachers

Most teachers know about the wealth of free teaching resources available online. The challenge is finding the time to search for resources and separating the useful from the rest.

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center wants to remind teachers of the free resources collected in the booklet, “Websites, Apps and More.” The booklet includes resources organized by cluster and provides a brief description of each resource. An updated edition for 2016 is now available.

Teachers can access a free PDF of the booklet from CIMC at http://www.okcareertech.org/educators/cimc/resources/downloads-1.

 

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

Oklahoma Project Lead The Way Conference Registration Open, Sept. 9-Oct. 1

TSA Fall Leadership Conference-Weatherford, Oct. 5

TSA Fall Leadership Conference-Tahlequah, Oct. 6

Teacher Institute 2015-2016 Cohort, Oct. 7

Teacher Institute 2015-2016 Cohort, Oct. 14

Any job very well done that has been carried out by a person who is fully dedicated is always a source of inspiration. Carlos Ghosn
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