Director's Weekly Memo 2017-3-20
Western Technology Center names Oklahoma Highway Patrol as its Partner for Progress
Western Technology Center named the Oklahoma Highway Patrol its 2017 Partner for Progress.
OHP needed a training facility with accommodations for troopers, a training tower and equipment for training, and Western Tech’s Elk City campus had all three. Troopers receive active shooter training using airsoft rifles and pistols, traffic stop procedure training and EMS/rescue training using the technology center’s training tower.
OHP also offers its Cadet Lawman Academy at Western Tech’s Burns Flat campus. The academy gives rising high school seniors a look at the life of an OHP trooper. The students receive training in precision driving, traffic and boating law enforcement, firearms, self-defense and law enforcement history.
For the past two years, SkillsUSA members at the Burns Flat campus also have been able to work on the building that is used for Cadet Lawman Academy and other driving schools.
OHP was honored at an Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.
CareerTech Hall of Fame accepting nominations
Reminder! Nominations for the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame will be accepted until April 1. If you would like to nominate a deserving person for this prestigious honor, submit no less than one letter of recommendation that reflects the following criteria:
- The nominee must have exhibited extraordinary contributions to career and technology education for at least 20 years.
- You must explain the nominee’s contributions in the fields of teaching, administration, legislative and/or private sector support.
- Contributions shall be specified at local, state and national levels. Leadership roles in professional organizations shall also be specified.
- Specific contributions at the local, state and national levels should be listed. Leadership roles in professional organizations should also be specified.
- Contributions that advance the broader cause of career and technology education should be specified.
BISCP participants learning about sales and marketingBusiness and Industry Certification participants from around the state finished their final session at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno campus March 1-2.
This fun-filled, content rich, two-day session about sales and marketing was facilitated by Fran Topping from Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Participants also completed a mentorship and will be recognized for program completion at Oklahoma CareerTech’s Summer Conference.
Two Oklahoma technology centers featured in Techniques magazine
Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater and Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw were featured in the March edition of Techniques magazine published by the Association for Career and Technical Education, www.acteonline.org.
“No Filter: The Power of Peer Influence” highlights Meridian Tech’s student recruitment efforts. “Survey and focus group findings revealed that Instagram was the primary social media platform students use. This inspired us to take a closer look at the way we connect with prospective students,” wrote Cara Adney, Meridian Tech marketing and media relations coordinator.
EOC Tech has taken an effective approach to career development. “EOC Tech developed a tool to readily educate elementary-age students, as well as adults, about their interests and skills, possible career opportunities and how to prepare for the future,” wrote Sadie Heath, marketing assistant at EOC Tech.
These are just two CareerTech examples that are making a difference for our state.
Family and consumer sciences professionals learn about generational differences at conference
Family and consumer sciences professionals attending the Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumers Sciences and CareerTech Family and Consumer Sciences Education Division Conference this month participated in two breakout sessions about marketing and generational differences.
Dr. Quentin J. Sanders, ODCTE equity and diversity specialist, led two breakout sessions on the topic of “Marketing FCS to Youth and Adult Audiences.” Sanders focused on the generational differences between traditionalists, baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennials. He focused on marketing strategies involving social media and videos that may increase interest in FCS programs in the Generation X and millennial demographic.
Students learn about diversity and inclusion
Dr. Quentin Sanders, ODCTE equity and diversity specialist, led eight breakout sessions on the topic of “Embracing Diversity & Inclusion” at the Student Professional Development Day March 9 at Tulsa Tech’s Broken Arrow campus.
Comprehensive high school and adult education students attending the sessions played an interactive diversity bingo game to introduce the concept of diversity and inclusion. In addition, Sanders facilitated student role-play activities with questions and answers to teach the concepts of bias and stereotypes.
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