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Kelly's January Email


Counselors Only Conference will be March 5, 2012 at the Magnuson Hotel (formerly Clarion) in Oklahoma City.  Selected topics include: Using Data to Improve Student Services, Teachers as Advisors, Concurrent Enrollment, Parent Involvement, Human Trafficking, Workforce Issues, Cyberbullying/Safe Schools, and many more.  The conference is free and registration will be online very shortly. I will send out that link as soon as it is available. Please register so we will have an accurate count for materials.

The new Cooperative Alliance website has been released!! Check it out and start spreading the word.   http://www.okhighered.org/alliances

OkJobMatch.com is a web based job matching tool where Oklahoma citizens can create a resume and find jobs.  This site tool is part of a grant managed by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  Various state agencies will be promoting OkJobMatch.com to their clients to assist them with their search for employment.  The User's guide is available if you would like to find out more about the system and how to use it. Click here to download guide.


Every year, OAMCTE sponsors an essay contest for minority students.  Students eligible to enter the essay contest must meet all three of the following criteria:

-Currently enrolled and attending a Career and Technology Education class or program.

-A high school junior or senior.

-A member of a minority race.

Essays must be turned in by March 3, 2012.  Monetary prizes are awarded to 1st through 3rd place. Download the Details here. If you have question or need further information about the essay contest, contact:  Carolyn Leach at (918) 746-8533; leachca@tulsaschools.org or Cliff Harris at (918) 519-4233; mrcliffharris@yahoo.com


CRC Users Conference:

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Location: Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City
Time: 9 am - 4 pm (Sign-in and coffee starts at 8:30am)

Click http://www.actwdd.com/em1/OKUsersRegistration.html to register . You will receive a registration confirmation email. Registration is your ticket to attend the conference and luncheon.  There is no cost to attend the conference. Lunch is provided by ACT.

Sessions and topics will include: WorkKeys as Alternative EOIs; College and University Usage; The CRC in your Community; Employer Partners; WorkKeys and Career Ready 101 updates; CRC Research; Tips for Site Administrators; Motivating Your Students/Clients; Website and Social Media; Oklahoma Job Link; Oklahoma Career Information System; Untapped Resources

If you need further information, contact Susan Kuzmic at 405.717.4923 or skuzm@okcareertech.org


Changes to Ability To Benefit
On December 23, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74).  The new law significantly impacts the Federal student aid programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
Among the changes:
-Ability-to-Benefit - Public Law 112-74 amended HEA section 484(d) to eliminate Federal student aid eligibility for students without a ?certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate.?  The law makes an exception for students who have completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law.
-Therefore, students who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (e.g.,GED), or do not meet the home school requirements, and who first enroll in a program of study on or after July 1, 2012, will not be eligible to receive Title IV student aid.  Students will qualify for Title IV student aid under one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives if the student was enrolled in a Title IV eligible program prior to July 1, 2012.  Those alternatives include the student passing an independently administered, approved ATB test or successfully completing at least six credit hours or 225 clock hours of postsecondary education.
To read the entire memo, click on www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN1201.html

SPA Day!
Join the OkACTE Guidance Division for a Self Positive Awareness (SPA) Day on March 30, 2012.  Primary and Secondary OkACTE Guidance Members can attend free.  Others are welcome to attend for a $25 registration fee.  Registration will be online shortly.  I will email that link out as soon as it becomes available. The workshop will be at the S. Penn Campus of Moore Norman Technology Center and our speaker will be Ron Willis, mental health consultant and President of Green Porch Swing Production.  Ron will speak over 'Lighting Your Candle and Fanning It's Flame' and will help us remember Life Principles of forgiveness, compassion and affirmation when our flame begins to flicker.

Registration will be from 8:30 - 9:00.  Workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon.  Door prizes will also be given out at the end of the workshop.

Career and Academic Accountability Report (CACAR)
Last year, we began what we affectionately (and sometimes not so affectionately) call the CACAR.  It is Career and Academic Connection Division's first steps into the world of data.  Click here for the 2010-2011 CACAR.  We have started with what we do but we would like our next steps into data show how what we do helps improve students' achievement.  We welcome any ideas/suggestions!

Future Work Skills
A report you might want to check out is Future Work Skills 2020 from the Institute for the Future for the University of Phoenix Research Institute.  This report analyzes key drivers that will reshape the landscape of work and identifies key work skills needed in the next 10 years. It does not consider what will be the jobs of the future. Rather than focusing on future jobs, this report looks at future work skills?proficiencies and abilities required across different jobs and work settings.  You can find it at:
(It is not very long [always a plus] and I like how they slant their report towards 6 drivers of change in the workforce and the 10 skills needed for the future workforce.)

Levi Valdois, Career and Academic Systems specialist, has shared some links with us that you might also want to check out:
-This is an IEP application: itunes.apple.com/us/app/myiepmeeting/id479474205 This app is geared towards parents but teachers/counselors might find it helpful as well.
-If you can get to Facebook: www.facebook.com/socialjobs This highlights the Social Jobs Partnership which is just getting started. This initiative provides resources to help Americans use technology to find jobs.

'Leap to the Future'    May 2-4, 2012
Workforce Oklahoma Partners Conference
National Center for Employee Development: Conference Center and Hotel,
2801 E. Hwy 9, Norman, OK



Kelly Arrington, Guidance Coordinator
1500 West 7th Avenue
Stillwater,OK 74074

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