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Monday Memo 2014-05-12

Transition begins on LMS at the agency; Career development pilot opportunity available; CareerTech garners AP information; The positive impact of studying to be a Baldrige examiner; Educators meet to learn about PLA; CareerTech for Vets will host conference to help educators help veterans; National Technical Honor Society Students receive Poteat Scholarship; Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation Scramble Golf Tournament set; and my schedule for the week.

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"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." – Lily Tomlin

Transition begins on LMS at the agency

As we continue the transition to digital delivery, the adoption and installation of a learning management system at our agency is a key step and one that we’re very close to completing. As our new system is brought up to speed, we will be divesting from our current system – ICAT. We have worked closely with ALCA, the ICAT host, to ensure that content loaded onto its system can be captured for repurposing. This content will be available to move to the agency’s new system, ALCA’s system or another LMS of choice. Access to ICAT will be terminated in September, so instructors should archive their files as soon as possible.
For directions on how to archive files that have been loaded to ICAT, please go to http://www.okcareertech.org/educators/cimc/resources/downloads-1/downloading-files-from-icat.

We will provide frequent updates on how to upload content to the agency system. If you have questions about this transition or would like advice on approaches to rebuilding courses, please contact Margi Stone Cooper at margi.cooper@careertech.ok.gov or 405-743-5538 or Tonja Bell at Tonja.bell@careertech.ok.gov or 405-743-5426.

Career development pilot opportunity available

Career development is based upon the tenet that all K-12 and adult students should have the information they need to make informed decisions about their education and career choices. The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech is offering schools and community/workforce system partners an opportunity to participate in a pilot project that will deploy career development specialists in several regions around Oklahoma. This project will provide an opportunity for K-12 and adult students from participating schools/partners to increase self-understanding of their abilities, interests, values and goals and to make informed career decisions.

If you are interested in learning more about this project you can email Jo Kahn at jo.kahn@careertech.ok.gov or download the pilot project documentation and interest forms at http://www.okcareertech.org/educators/career-and-academic-connections/career-information-resources/career-development-pilot-project. Potential funding opportunity of up to $200,000 per region/community partners or workforce system partners. Funds are limited and are based on availability. (contributed by Becki Foster)

CareerTech garners AP information

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech has been granted a code to be placed on the AP answer sheet of students taking any AP exam so technology centers can receive AP scores. Students will still put sending high school codes on the answer sheet, and technology center AP codes will go in the online provider spot. This will enable both technology centers and sending schools to receive the information. The scores will be sent to ODCTE and then disseminated to technology centers. This is a great move in the direction of helping our students and our instructors. (contributed by Tina Fugate)

The positive impact of studying to be a Baldrige examiner

The following is an e-mail I received from Alice Rushmore as she was completing her Baldrige examiner training. It speaks to the power of learning about continuous improvement and innovation concepts.

“Tomorrow I conclude my training as a national Baldrige examiner and I want to take a moment to say thank you. This has been a tremendous learning experience where I have had numerous moments where some tremendous people have mentored me. I take great pride telling about how the agency has invested in our team for our Baldrige journey. Likewise, people are intrigued by our initiative to accredit schools using the Baldrige business model. I deeply appreciate the opportunity you have given me.” Alice.

Educators meet to learn about PLA

More than 100 educators from technology centers, community colleges and universities gathered April 29 at a Prior Learning Assessment conference jointly sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The conference was the next step in moving the Cooperative Alliance Program forward.

The Cooperative Alliance Program provides opportunities for students, both high school and adult, to earn college credit while taking courses at technology centers. As a result of Higher Learning Commission rule changes, the program is being revamped and improved.

During the conference, attendees heard from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. One of the ways that students may be able to earn credit in the future is through Prior Learning Assessment. The conference was intended to bring technology center and college partners together to learn about PLA from the presenters. In the afternoon, the partners attended sessions designed to help them move forward on the work to be completed. (contributed by Melissa Overcash)

CareerTech for Vets will host conference to help educators help veterans

Oklahoma CareerTech for Vets will host a conference for organizations providing educational services for veterans. Operation College Promise’s Certificate for Veterans Service Providers program will be May 28-30 at the Renaissance Hotel Oklahoma City Convention Center. Operation College Promise is a national education, research and policy program based in Trenton, N.J., that supports the transition and postsecondary advance of the country’s veterans, said Wendy Lang, OCP director.

CareerTech for Vets, a part of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, initiated this conference because of its direct work with transitioning veterans throughout the state, said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets coordinator. “We want to make sure the school instructors and faculty members working with them are aware of veterans’ needs as they transition into an educational setting,” she explained. “Our goal is to make it as seamless as possible for a military member to transition into the educational environment. This workshop will help make that happen.”

CVSP’s mission is to provide higher education officials the information they need to help student veterans succeed. “It provides the requisite tools and resources to support the development of effective, holistic programs for veterans and service members,” Lang said.

Those attending the conference will hear from veterans, educators and others who provide services for veterans about what to expect from veterans, resources for working with them and best practices. The cost to register is $300. Registration is available at http://www.operationpromiseforservicemembers.com/CVSP_Oklahoma_2014_register.html Registration is limited to 75 people. For more information about CareerTech, visit www.okcareertech.org . For more information about CareerTech for Vets, visit www.ct4vets.com. For more information about Operation College Promise, go to www.OperationCollegePromise.com.

National Technical Honor Society Students receive Poteat Scholarship

Congratulations to five Oklahoma CareerTech students who were chosen as 2014 Jon H. Poteat NTHS Scholarship winners. These scholarships, named in honor and memory of the co-founder of the society, are awarded annually to NTHS members who consistently exemplify the seven character attributes of NTHS: skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. NTHS awarded 135 $1,000 scholarships this year. Five Oklahomans received scholarships:

  • Brenda Boyd – Tulsa Technology Center – Riverside
  • Karen Espinosa Carmona – Tulsa Technology Center – Peoria Campus
  • Derrick Moore – Canadian Valley Technology Center
  • Abigail Soria – Canadian Valley Technology Center
  • Alyssa Yancey – Tulsa Technology Center – Owasso

Congratulations to these students on their hard work and we wish them good luck as they continue their education. You can learn more about the National Technical Honor Society in Oklahoma at www.okcareertech.org/nths.

Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation Scramble Golf Tournament set

This year’s CareerTech Foundation golf tournament will be Aug. 3, at LaFortune Park Golf Course, 5501 S. Yale Ave, Tulsa. Tee time will be 8 a.m. The format will be four-person scramble. The cost will be $90 per player. Payment must be received by July 25. The cost includes lunch, green fees, cart and two mulligans.
Each team must have a minimum handicap of 50 (25 will be the maximum allowed per player).

This tournament is a fundraising event for the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation. It is also a great opportunity for CareerTech golfers from around the state to play together in a tournament before summer conference. You do not need to be an avid golfer to play; just be ready to have a great time and support a worthy cause. For additional tournament information, please visit www.okcareertech.org/about/foundation.

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Monday
Lawton Community Foundation presentation
Meeting with legislator
General office work

Tuesday
Morning Chat with staff
Senior leadership meeting
Department of Corrections presentation

Wednesday
Legislative debriefing
Meeting with legislators
Commission on Educational Quality and Accountability Board meeting
Governor’s event

Thursday
Meeting with Barresi, Johnson and Parman
State Board of Career and Technology Education meeting
Workforce Partners meeting

Friday
Non-work day

See you around!

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