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From Monday, April 8, 2013 - Aug. 15, 2014, Robert D. Sommers, state director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, began communicating directly with all state CareerTech agency staff members through a Monday Memo. On Aug. 18, 2014 Marcie Mack, interim state director of the state CareerTech agency, continued the tradition.

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Monday Memo 2014-04-14

Monday Memo 2014-04-14

The excellence journey; PIIT Crew assists System in continuous improvement; FCCLA Convention a success; alternative fuels assessments set with OMES; Skills Centers continue to advance digital instruction and student service; veteran returns to nursing school – CareerTech AND higher ed make a difference; Prior Learning Assessment Conference; education and training for tomorrow’s jobs; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-03-31

Monday Memo 2014-03-31

America Works a success; what is the role of leadership?; prohibition of agricultural education and the FFA in tech centers; Commerce determines the top 100 occupations driving Oklahoma prosperity; OBAN a major support for small Oklahoma businesses; college credit for CareerTech students; agency staff gaining Baldrige knowledge; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-03-24

Monday Memo 2014-03-24

Interested in making a living? Try CareerTech; the importance of grit in teachers; Arizona considering performance-based funding; STEM Day at the Capitol; FIRST Robotics Game - Aerial Assist; STEM students compete in TSA state conference; opponents to Common Core also have concerns about workforce development; Baldrige conference will be key to our transition efforts; moving Oklahoma from Programs of Study to rigorous Programs of Study; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-03-17

Monday Memo 2014-03-17

Organizational progress; job performance documents will move to results and teamwork; CareerTech receives Regents award; how to get a job at Google; academics within CareerTech; picking up the pieces; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-03-10

Monday Memo 2014-03-10

Attorney general provides opinion regarding Tech Center annexation rules; dual enrollment with CTE focus seen as strategy for college completion and workforce investment; this week on Oklahoma Horizon; Nicole Biddinger - Tri County Technology Center; President’s budget falls short on building investment in CTE; Ohio delegation visits Oklahoma - opportunities exist for collaboration; CareerTech STEM program adds another success story; the WWTC PLTW Biomedical Science Academy is in its first year; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-03-03

Monday Memo 2014-03-03

The enemy is out there!; Noble Foundation a unique Oklahoma treasure; Tuttle nominated for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame; cooperative alliance efforts continue; Jordan Danser - Canadian Valley Technology Center; NTHS members convene at state Capitol; Ohio comes to Oklahoma; Indian Capital Tech Center hosts Certified Program Planner training; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-02-17

Monday Memo 2014-02-17

Reminder to follow on Twitter; can we consider ourselves successful when our students fail?; Smartest Kids in the World – Ripley; competency-based programming possible with Pell Grant provisions; Senate confirms my appointment as secretary of education and workforce development; National FFA Week celebrated; mathematics and CareerTech – Success is enhanced; Oklahoma Energy; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-02-10

Monday Memo 2014-02-10

Reminder to follow on Twitter; agency reorganization moving forward; updates from new divisions: Partnerships, Workforce Recovery and Customized Services; Career Preparation; Curriculum, Assessment and Digital Delivery; Career Development, Readiness and Academics; Finance; Innovation, Research and Quality; and Communications and Marketing Division. Also, how technology centers can assist high schools with their A-F report card grades; course change in education; education in Oklahoma; State Chamber of Commerce focuses on education; CareerTech CFO honored; CareerTech Education Month; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-01-27

Monday Memo 2014-01-27

Oklahoma Business Roundtable event a huge success; press conference held in support of the CareerTech legislative agenda; exit interview results; movie magic; Tulsa Tech Center posts national officer win; when college becomes a goal instead of a way to economic prosperity; digital taskforce continues its study; special education materials being prepared; agency staff reach tenure milestones; reminder to follow on Twitter; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2014-01-13

Monday Memo 2014-01-13

Leadership class begins; ag ed task force says “no” to tech center agricultural education/FFA programs; 2014 National Technology Centers That Work Leaders’ Forum; Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center’s automotive program crowned; FIRST® Robotics 2014 Oklahoma Kickoff; The governor, Bob Funk and others weigh in on workforce preparation; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-12-09

Monday Memo 2013-12-09

Save the date; Oklahoma team visits digitally -based programs; ACTE a big success; making college and career ready actually mean it; Cooperative Alliance Program getting back on track; Pell Grants based on competence, not hours, getting closer; community tours continue in January; CareerTech visits college of architecture; National Technical Honor Society members meet; U.S. college graduates lag international comparisons; Harvard representative visits Oklahoma; economists predict rebound in Oklahoma job growth in 2014; reminder to follow on twitter; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-11-25

Monday Memo 2013-11-25

Happy Thanksgiving!; Can You Measure The American Dream?; Creativity Forum highlights CareerTech; Boggs recognized by his national peers; performance-based funding details being developed; Northeast Technology Center students set record AND prove CareerTech; fire certifications established; National Technical Honor Society members meet; Baldrige and schools, a way to advance education; the question of class size; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-11-18

Monday Memo 2013-11-18

Board approves organizational structure; business plan calls for support of system success and enhancements; work begins on refinement of performance-based funding system; special thanks to Marcie Mack and the data team; Project Lead the Way Counselor Conference; Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference; new tech center annexations move forward; United Way campaign sets agency record; digital delivery news; Paraprofessional Guide underway; and my schedule for the week

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Monday Memo 2013-11-11

Monday Memo 2013-11-11

Thank you; America Works session a success; State Chamber business survey complete…more to come; reorganization feedback appreciated; Hall of Fame event a huge success; inmates learn life-changing skills; creativity conference coming to Oklahoma City; OBAN brings federal dollars to Oklahoma businesses; comparative data helps Wes Watkins with strategic planning; counselors receive professional development; professionals update crisis communications skills; tech center recognized at quality event; and my schedule for the week.

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 Monday Memo 2013-10-28

Monday Memo 2013-10-28

Department reorganization plan unveiled; organizational plan overview; steps with target completion dates for the reorganization process; feedback and ideas you may have for the reorganization; great conference – consider attending; Creativity Forum coming to Oklahoma City; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-10-21

Monday Memo 2013-10-21

FCCLA state officer dies in car accident; opportunities in Woodward explored; America Works launches in Connecticut; 2013 CareerTech Hall of Fame banquet; Oklahoma energy producers are leading a national energy revolution; Moore Norman collaborates with Tinker and Boeing on new program; Metro Tech and Elite Protection form symbiotic relationship; tech center superintendents engage in legislative proposal development; state board reviews CareerTech assessment results, business plan, and legislative approaches; United Way auction earns $3,000 for the cause; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-10-14

Monday Memo 2013-10-14

Great conference – consider attending; 2013 CareerTech Hall of Fame Banquet; State Chamber helps agency gauge business satisfaction; why tough teachers get results; first community tour event a success; new from CIMC: Career Focus STEM Careers Career; a great example of CareerTech and college success; doctors in rural Oklahoma; continued work on the Metro Tech pilot; and my schedule for the week.

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Monday Memo 2013-10-07

Monday Memo 2013-10-07

Community tours start this week; manufacturing experiencing - a rebirth in Oklahoma; United Way – get involved!; performance measures committee advances work; continued work on the Metro Tech trail; Meridian Tech to hold an open house; future doctors of rural Oklahoma; Oklahoma is a designated creativity state; teacher shortage issue being considered; and my schedule for the week.

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