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January 2013 Email

Archived copy of Kelly's Email for the month of January 2013

Greetings-I know your schedules are already crazy hectic!  I hope you had some time to yourself and/or with your family and friends over the holiday season.  There are several updates I need to get to you so read on!


You can register for C.S.I. (Career Services Investigation):  Breaking the Transition Code.  Workshops will be held at the following locations:
February 12, 2013 - Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee
February 14, 2013 - Mid-Del Technology Center in Midwest City
February 22, 2013 - Western Technology Center in Burns Flat

Registration Link:
Registration is from 8:45 - 9:00 and the workshop begins at 9:00 and goes until 12:00 noon.  Topics covered will include: disability employment, IEPs and transition, OKCIS overview/training, and social media for special educators.

Military Regional Workshops
Oklahoma Department of CareerTech is partnering with state agencies and technology centers across the state to provide hands on workshops specifically geared towards providing quality student services to our veteran and military student population.  Registration for these regional trainings is free! Click onwww.okcareertech.org/students/veteran-resources/workshop%20registration and then follow the links you will see below to register for training at the technology center nearest you.  Registration will begin at 8:30 and the workshop will start at 9:00 and go till 12:00 noon.  Topics covered will include: transcript analysis, SB 1863 overview, guidance processes, local veteran resources, and disability issues.  Resources to use with veterans will also be available.  

OKCRC (Oklahoma Career Readiness Certificate) Funding
The primary funding for the Oklahoma Career Readiness Certificate (OKCRC) has come from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech (ODCTE).  Federal and state dollars (with federal dollars making up the bulk of the funding) were the funding sources that allowed this program to grow rapidly. These sources of funding have decreased each year and are coming to an end.

ODCTE has submitted budget requests to our state legislature for FY13 and FY14 to fully fund OKCRCs but there are no guarantees we will receive any funding.  ODCTE will receive notification in late May if these budget requests have been funded.  Because this presents a timing issue with technology center budget planning, we are providing you with our preliminary plans to continue the OKCRC program, with or without funding.  In the event we do receive adequate funds, we will continue operating the program as we have in the past.  If no funding is received, we are planning to rollout a self-pay option at the beginning of FY14 (July 1, 2013).  This was presented at the tech center superintendents meeting held in November and we wanted to make sure you knew about it as well.   The link to the self-pay plan is: www.okcareertech.org/cac/workkeys/FY14_OKCRC_Self_Pay_Model.pdf

Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.

Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the network. Helpline staff provides counseling and support, including information on common stress reactions and healthy coping, as well as referrals to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website athttp://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/ for additional information and resources, including some specifically prepared for educators, related to disaster behavioral health.
Source: Missouri E-Guidance Digest

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, March 4 for Counselors Only Conference to be held at the Magnuson Convention Center (same place as last year) in Oklahoma City.  Planning with the State Department of Education will start this month.  If there are any particular sessions of interest you would like to see, email me back ASAP with those suggestions.

Career Cluster Survey
I have had a few questions lately on where to find the Career Cluster Survey for the 16 clusters.  You can find that at:

OkACTE/ESSP Casy Cundiff Outstanding Student Scholarship
The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (OkACTE)/Education Services
Special Populations (ESSP) is offering a student the financial scholarship award to acknowledge
the achievement of a career and technology student(s) who is a person with a disability and has
overcome barriers to achieve his/her highest potential for success. The purpose for this student
scholarship is to assist the 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 scholarship
awards between $200 and $500 will be made depending upon funds available and number of
scholarship awards presented. Scholarship awards must be used to assist with the cost of tuition,
fees, books, tools, and/or other expenses connected to employment or training.  Deadline: April 15.
Application is at: www.okcareertech.org/about/foundation/scholarships/201cokacte-essp-casy-cundiff-outstanding-student-scholarship201d-application

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