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Kelly's October/November 2016 Monthly Email

Good afternoon!  Hard to believe there are just two months left in this year.  Hope all is well in your world. 

We wrapped up GuidanceFest with almost 300 participants attending and an overall satisfaction rating of 4.7.  Thank you so much to our technology center hosts – Autry, Western, Tulsa Tech, Pontotoc and Francis Tuttle.  And to all the tech centers who helped us promote the workshops and provided door prizes.  To review handouts and powerpoints, go to and click on 2016 GuidanceFest

Guidance Team Self Study
One of the ways we use the Guidance Team Self Study is to be able to provide a “glimpse” into what is happening in the guidance/student services area in our technology centers across the state.  We like to look at certain aspects within the Guidance Team Self Study and review trend data as well as compile a state overview.  Download and take a look at the document and see if there is anything that strikes a chord and/or sparks a question and let us know.


SAVE THE DATE: Counselors Only Conference 

March 2, 2017, Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus, OKC

This will be a free conference.  The registration link will be out in January.  There will be NO onsite registration.  Refreshments and lunch will be on your own.


We are trying something different this year.  We want you!  We are looking for presenters.  We know we have great strategies and best practices taking place across the state.  Counselors love to hear from other counselors.  Please consider presenting on some of your successful practices and also encouraging others who you think would be good presenters. You could even be co-presenters. Please complete the simple and quick proposal.  The call for proposals is located here:  We know there are some excellent practices going on out there so please share them! Proposals must be submitted by December 15, 2016.


OK Career Guide Tidbits

1)    Look at the top right hand corner of the system.  There is now a drop down arrow where it says English.  Click on Espanol from the drop down menu to translate the system into Spanish; click on English from the drop down menu to translate back into English.  A few explanations:

  1. Some items/sections will not be translated such as addresses, military terms, copyrighted terms and some sections where the source entity did not have a translation.
  2. The language the student uses to write notes, or develop resumes, cover letters, etc. will stay that language.  Those will not translate back and forth between languages.
  3. Parent portal can also be translated into Spanish.

2)    If you purchased test prep for your site and you have adults that are using the system, the test prep option will be under External Assessment for any of the adult users.


SAVE THE DATE: CareerTech Center Counselors Workshop 

Attention counselors in our careertech centers – please save the date for ONE of the following workshops that will be held in Stillwater at the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech.

-January 31: 8:30 – 3:00  OR

-February 23: 8:30 – 3:00  OR

-March 21: 8:30 – 3:00

We will be focusing on the things we have learned from the Guidance Team Self Study; hear from practitioners in the field over successful strategies/goals, provide networking time, gain your input on GuidanceFest and how to enhance that experience for our 10 year GuidanceFest anniversary tour; and discuss the role of your advisory committee. More information will be available in late December/early January with registration and agenda details.  


Kelly Arrington
Career and Academic Connections Manager
careertech | Career and Academic Connections
1500 West Seventh Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074-4398

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