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Kelly's April Email

APRIL 2012

Position Opening

A time for rejoicing!  We get to open the Disability Services Specialist position in Career and Academic Connections that has been vacant for several months.

Scholarships available:
OkACTE/ESSP Casy Cundiff Outstanding Student Scholarship

This scholarship is available to assist a student in accessing or completing a career and technology education career major or entering into the occupation for which he/she has trained. Up to 3 scholarshipawards between $200 and $500 will be made depending upon funds available and number of scholarship awards presented.  DEADLINE: April 15  For the application go to:

Renae Washington and Lorine Dubose Memorial Scholarship

The goal of the scholarship program is to provide assistance to deserving minority students who plan to further their education through CareerTech. Two Renae Washington-Lorine DuBose Memorial Scholarships will be offered in the amount of $1,000 each.  DEADLINE is May 9.  For the application, go to:www.okcareertech.org/about/foundation/scholarships/washington-dubose-scholarship.pdf

Hugh McCrabb Scholarship

The McCrabb Scholarship covers one full year of tuition at an Oklahoma CTE institution and any cost associated with testing and printing of the Oklahoma Career Readiness Certificate.
DEADLINE is July 10.  For the application, go to:

Counselor Conference follow-up

We have more presentations online from the Counselors Conference.  Go to:
www.okcareertech.org/educators/career-and-academic-connections/2012-counselors-only-conference-presentations to check it out.  Also, if you did not attend the Counselors Conference, we have some extra packets of materials we gave out at registration we can mail to you.  Reply back to me with your mailing address if you would like a packet.

GuidanceFest 2012 dates have been set!

October 23rd - Tuesday - Wes Watkins, Wetumka
October 30th - Tuesday - Central Tech, Sapulpa
November 1st - Thursday - Francis Tuttle, Reno
November 7th - Wednesday - Great Plains, Lawton
November 9th - Friday - Northwest, Fairview

Just a reminder - Business and Industry Credentials

You can find the business and industry recognized credentials that can be added to the transcript at:
This was developed in response to Senate Bill 497 that says: “Beginning with students who enter the 9th grade in 2008-2009 school year, school districts shall report the student’s performance levels…on end of instructions tests and any business and industry-recognized endorsements attained on the high school transcript.”
These Business and Industry-Recognized Endorsements have been approved by the OK Department of Career and Technology Education using the following criteria: 1) rigorous, 2) standardized, 3) independently graded, 4) knowledge-based, 5) administered on a multi-state or international level, and 6) covers a program of study (not individual course).  You will need to make sure you are communicating with your comprehensive school on any students who earn one or more of these credentials.


Check out this new video from the National Association of Workforce Boards that highlights employers use of the CRC.  Weblink is: okcrc.blogspot.com/2012/03/workkeys-works-for-oklahoma-employers.html
Source: CRC Blog

Academic Support for Military Students

Military students get free homework help and online tutoring from Tutor.com for Military Families. The program is funded by the Department of Defense MWR Library Program and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and available for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve families. To learn more about this support, go to www.tutor.com/military
Source: Missouri Guidance Digest List Serve

Perkins Supplemental Grant Applications

The 2012-2013 Carl Perkins Supplemental Applications are now available for download from the ODCTE website:
The categories available for eligible schools to apply for supplemental funding are listed below:
-Career Guidance and Advisement
-High Growth and Emerging Technologies
-Summer Bridge
-Post Secondary Transitions
-Tech Now

Workshops You May Be Interested In

-Workforce Partners Conference

Workforce Partners from across Oklahoma will come together for this three day conference to learn, share best practices and network.  Attendees will have access to instructional presentations and useful materials to help them continue to build the future of Workforce Oklahoma!
Go to www.ok.gov/okworks/documents/Workforce%20Partners%20Conference.pdf for the Leap to the Future registration form.  Early bird registration ends on April 12.
Also, don’t forget to register for lodging if you will be staying.  The number for NCED in Norman is 405-447-9000 x 0.  Please use group # 8569 when registering.  The conference begins on Wednesday May 2nd  at 1:00 p.m. and will end on Friday, May 4th after the closing luncheon (approximately 1:00 p.m.).  Please call Lou Ann Hargrave if you have questions (405-564-3756).

-Support for Military Children

There are 2 flyers attached that contain information for upcoming training events in OKC (May 3-4) and Tulsa (April 12-13) areas.  The purpose of this course is to help educators and professionals to reach out in a support network to the children and families of the National Guard and Reserve. This training is open to guidance professionals, school administration and other caring adults interested in learning more about the military child.   Tulsa Flyer 1 OKC Flyer 2

-Oklahoma School Counselor Association’s 9th Annual Summer Conference

The OSCA summer conference will be held Thursday, June 7 at the S. Penn Campus of Moore Norman.  Attached is the OSCA summer conference Registration form and a description of the workshops offered.   Registration is from 8:00 -8:30 and the workshop will be from 8:30 – 3:15.  LPC points are available. Registration form Workshops

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