Director's Weekly Memo 2017-4-3
Mid-America Technology Center names L&L Brown Inc. as Partner for Progress
Mid-America Technology Center named L&L Brown Inc. as its 2017 Partner for Progress.
L&L Brown approached Mid-America Tech in 2016 to explore expanding its business pipeline to include contracting opportunities with government entities. The Newcastle boring and excavation company, in business since 1998, has worked with AT&T and worked as a subcontractor placing fiber optic cable for city and state agencies.
Through Mid-America Tech, L&L Brown received Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network program assistance for contracting with government entities and ongoing training, including CDL training, safety training and small business consultation services. The company will also receive leadership development and heavy equipment operator training from the technology center.
L&L Brown was honored at an Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.
Oklahomans honored for ‘Making It Work’
The Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council honored 15 Oklahomans and seven Oklahoma businesses and nonprofit organizations at the 23rd annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on March 29.
Making It Work Day recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony also recognized nontraditional students and members who received national honors for their efforts.
OkCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council advocates for students pursuing nontraditional careers and for resources for educating single parents.
“The mission of OkCTEEC is to serve as a unifying council for all personnel serving displaced homemakers, single parents, teen parents, single pregnant women, nontraditional students and at-risk females. The Making It Work Day award ceremony is held to honor the tireless work of these amazing students, programs and community and business partners,” said Charlie Weeks, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
He serves as an adviser for OkCTEEC, along with Lisa French of the Department of Human Services and Gina McPherson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
For more about the recipients, visit http://www.okcareertech.org/news/press-releases/2017/making-it-work-day-2017.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center student finds success in advanced manufacturing
Even though he was a member of a championship 400-meter relay team and had three years of college behind him, Adrian Carter had doubts about how a liberal arts degree would prepare him for success in the workplace. He knew his future would depend on having job skills that would ensure a steady paycheck and the possibilities of a career with growth potential.
Carter chose to attend Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. As a graduate of the school’s advanced manufacturing program, he was able to go to work immediately for a company that supplies compression equipment to the natural gas industry.
Benefitting from his work experience, Carter was able to make a move to Nestle Purina, working as an electrical maintenance technician in the company’s Oklahoma City operation.
As one of the world’s largest pet food production plants, Purina provides a stable work environment, including consistent opportunities for overtime work and substantial paychecks. Additionally, capital improvements of more than $20 million annually create high demand for more Francis Tuttle-trained technicians with skills like Carter’s.
Metro Tech pre-engineering students place 16th against 61 teams at regional competitionThe Metro Tech Mechanical Monsters No. 5578 finished 16th at the FIRST Robotics regional competition, where they faced 61 teams from across the state. In 2016, the team finished 48th.
The Mechanical Monsters No. 5578 – a team composed of high school students who attend the STEM Academy Pre-Engineering Program half days at Metro Tech – spent months working after school and on weekends to construct and program a robot that competed in the event March 22-24 at the Cox Convention Center. Their significant and impressive improvement from last year was attributed to committed students and a group of teachers and mentors who volunteered countless hours to help them succeed.
Students on the team are Julio Gonzalez, ASTEC Charter senior; Mervel Bennett, Douglass High School senior; Nestor Bravo, Northwest Classen High School junior; Alondra Cardenas, Northwest Classen High School junior; and Matthew Ranfari, Aiden Gleason, Joshua Peters and Ashley Sapien, all Northwest Classen High School sophomores.
The team was led by Metro Tech STEM Academy teachers Janet Portwood, Ty Goldsmith, Mary Tran and Shanon Freeman and coach and mentor Wade Mendenhall.
Tri County Technology Center and CareerTech delivering on economic development
Tri County Technology Center played a role in the opening of Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Mercantile, which brought economic growth to Pawhuska. To hear more about Drummond’s connection to Oklahoma CareerTech, go to https://www.facebook.com/OKCareerTech/videos/1301584189935301/.
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