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Career and Academic Connections - April 2020 Newsletter

CAC Newsletter April 2020

CAC Newsletter April 2020

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Career and Academic Connections Newsletter


CAC Updates

Cari Lousch

Dear Friends:   

 We are all in this together as we work through COVID-19 and all the unexpected changes it brings.   The CAC Team wants you to know that we are doing our best to work with ALL of our education partners statewide to bring you tools and information to help manage the work that remains to be done.  It has not been and will not be easy, but in the midst of the chaos I can already see things happening that I believe will see us through to a better “normal” once this comes to an end.   Maybe it will be a kind of “reboot” to the way we do business moving forward.   Maybe we will all step back and remember to appreciate the daily contact we have with friends, colleagues, and most of all family. 

We wish for all of you safety, health, and strength when you need it to see this through. 

 Cari Lousch

 CAC Manager


Teacher Resources

Covid-19 Online Teaching Resources:

Career Development Resources:

Please free to check out all our resources on our website located at :

Career Advisor

Career Advisor

Shawna Nord

As a high school counselor for over 16 years, I want you to know that our Career and Academic Team is here to support you.  We are all in this together, trying to figure out our new normal.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns that you might have.  I have seen and heard from around the state some amazing things our Counselors are doing to reach students.  I am in awe and inspired by you, and your ability to rise to the occasion, show the strength and resiliency as a compassionate, creative, and innovative group of Educators.   

Shawna Nord,

Academic Coordinator


2020-2021 OCAS CODES 

The updated State Program Codes for CareerTechs, Course Subject codes for Career Tech course and Additions, Changes and Deletions for CT OCAS codes.  Please make sure you are using the correct OCAS codes.

Additional Resources from OSDE regarding SEL and Academic Counseling.


AP Updates as of 4/14:


Students remain eager to take AP Exams and to have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward. So we developed secure, online free-response exams for each course.

Here’s what you should know about this year’s exams. For additional details, see our FAQ page.


Exam Features

Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.

Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone. 

We recognize that some students may not have access to the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know by April 24th. 

Exam Timing

  • Most AP teachers students surveyed nationwide prefer to test earlier, while the content is still fresh.
  • Exams will be given from May 11 through May 22.
  • Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1 through June 5. 
  • Students can take the exam at home or in schools, if they reopen.
  • Subject-specific exam times and tasks are available below. Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

OK Career Guide



Distance Learning Resources to Support ICAP & Career Development

The OKCareerGuide Team has developed several resources to help educators facilitate meaningful career development and ICAP implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the links below you’ll find step-by-step guides and videos for both students and educators, as well as powerful resources such as ready-made curriculum filled with activities and learning opportunities.


OkCareerGuide Secondary Curriculum:

The Training link:

YouTube channel Link:

Kuder Client Engagement (877) 999 – 6227 Monday – Friday 7 a/m – 6 p.m. (Central Time)


Galaxy - Its Elementary!

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Ready to launch kids into a universe of possibilities?



We’re excited to announce the availability of the OKCareerGuide’s new elementary career awareness program, Kuder Galaxy®.

Students will have a blast with Galaxy’s interactive games, activities, and videos that help them uncover interests and get excited for the future. Galaxy was designed for elementary students, grades pre-K through five, by career development and elementary education experts to capitalize on children’s curiosity with early career awareness. . . 

Curriculum for students, and resources for teachers and counselors can be found at You do not have to log in but scroll down the page until you find Career and Academic Connections and click on it.  This will open up the page and you will need to click on Galaxy Curriculum, or just click the Curriculum Resources button below.

For even quicker access you can click on the Curriculum Resources button below to go directly to all the elementary curriculum we have available.



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Career Development Specialist

We are here to help provide you with training for OKcareerGuide and Kuder Galaxy. We can also help you to locate career based resources, and assist you with questions you may have while accessing our systems.

Your OkcareerGuide Team is here to support you !

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Southern Regional Education Board


CTE Resources Virtual labs, simulations and interactive learning objects

As classrooms around the country move online due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, STEM and Career and Technical Education teachers need to be able to offer hands-on learning experiences in a virtual format. Below is a list of resources compiled by various organizations, including the Technical College System of Georgia, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and SREB staff.  This list includes virtual labs, simulations and interactive learning objects that allow STEM and CTE students to engage with and explore the world of science and technology in an online setting.For more information, please email me at


Twila Green

High Schools & Tech Centers That Work Coordinator

SREB Resources

SREB CTE Resources:

The Special Scoop

Disability Services

Career & Academic Connections is committed to offering guidance, technical assistance, and information to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities, continue receiving instruction during distance learning. Below you will find a list of distance learning resources for educating students with disabilities. Please, remember, Career & Academic Connections is here to support and help you. If you have questions or need assistance, email Sharon Baker at



Sharon Baker

Disabilities Services Specialist

Special Population/ Special Needs Resources


Accessible Work-From-Home Tools for Remote Work during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Distance Learning: 6 Practices for UDL Online Learning -*98nt32*domain_userid*YW1wLVlCSTRHeXZZWU5xendwMkZhVkEyYUdDeS1VUjVvLURZT0t6NkdFeXI2RGdfZzBCOXQydVBvQ3ZEVkNHNi1waDI.


FERPA and Virtual Learning during COVID-19 -

National Center for Learning Disabilities - An Educator's Guide to Virtual Learning: 4 Actions to Support Students With Disabilities and Their Families -


Oklahoma ABLE Tech provides answers to assistive technology questions -
Oklahoma State Department of Education - Special Education Services- Distance Learning for Special Education Students -


Webinar: COVID-19 Considerations for Special Education Administrators of Special Education -

Click here for more details

Events and Workshops

For Counselors Only

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education is excited about partnering to host our annual For Counselors Only Conference on March 10, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn & Edmond Conference Center. For 16 years this free conference has provide our counselors the opportunity to connect and network with the Oklahoma school counseling communities. They took this day to focus on effective programs, professional advocacy and the tools they need to provide results showing the impact of school counseling programs. Please enjoy the resources our presenter have provided.

For Counselors Only Resources


Upcoming Events

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