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Kelly's August 2017 Monthly Email

Student Services Contacts: Your school year is off and running!  Hope this is your best year ever.  You are receiving this monthly email due to your job duties or you have requested to be on this list.  At any time, if you would like to be taken off of this list and not receive this email, just reply to me to “unsubscribe” and I will remove your name from my list. 

It was great to see all of you at Summer Conference.  I can’t remember the last time it wasn’t triple digits when we were at summer conference so I think that weather made everything a little better!  To help us make it better next year, if you have not already done so-please take a few minutes and complete our evaluation. 

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We are receiving powerpoints from our presenters and will have those on our CAC website soon.

Changes in our CAC Division

Erica Harris has been named the new OK Career Guide Coordinator. She will coordinate OK Career Guide for the state of Oklahoma, provide professional development training and assist with strategies for effective career development. Erica can be reached by email at or  405-880-6739

 Susan Kuzmic is the new workforce liaison in Career and Academic Connections. She will liaison with business and industry on workforce issues and work closely with Erica on the new Connect 2 Business component of OK Career Guide. Susan’s phone number is 405-717-4923 and her email address is

SAVE THE DATE! GUIDANCEFEST 2017 – Our 10th Anniversary!

October 10, 2017 – Caddo Kiowa Tech Center, Ft. Cobb

October 11, 2017 – Kiamichi Tech Center, Atoka

October 17, 2017 – Northwest Tech Center, Fairview

October 24, 2017 – Eastern OK County Tech Center, Choctaw

October 25, 2017 – Central Tech Center, Sapulpa


We have revised some of our resource materials for you to have as reference and to share with your tech center staff and partner school staff. Find this resource at: Categories of Disability under IDEA 

Find others at:

From Tommi Leach, Academic Coordinator

Friends: I have just received the report of e-transcript usage from the OSRHE and have attached it on this email. As you can see, our usage was way down this last year. There may be several reasons for this decline. However, since the technology centers can now send, as well as receive, I think our usage will be up for this next year. Using this system you are able to get transcripts from your partner schools for students starting at the tech center. You will also be able to send tech center transcripts to colleges for PLA.

I have also attached the list of high schools who use e-transcripts in order for you to work with your partner schools to increase efficiency by using this system for transcripts. You may want to emphasize this at your fall counselor meetings just to get the ball rolling again.

I realize you have had a lot of staff changes and many of the designated people to receive the e-transcripts may no longer be in that position. If you are interested in having staff trained, please let me know and I will set up a training with Chelsea Hunt, who does e-transcripts for OSRHE. If there is enough interest, we may schedule more than one in different areas of the state.

If you have questions, please contact Tommi at or 405.743.5524.

Hunting for subject codes??  You will find the recently updated 2017-18 OCAS Subject Codes on the SDE website.  Scroll down to Subject Codes.  This current document has all the course numbers you will need. 

Reminder: when you are dealing with OK Promise Courses, use the exact course name for the specific units of credit. Click on this link CTE courses that count for OK Promise Courses: Academic Credits for CareerTech Courses meeting requirements for OKLAHOMA’S PROMISE and the COLLEGE PREP/WORK READY and CORE CURRICULUMS 2017-18

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CTE Works for High School Students

High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, graduate at higher rates and typically go on to postsecondary education.

• Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school.2
• The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent.3
• 91 percent of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college.4

2. Plank et al, Dropping Out of High School and the Place of Career and Technical Education, National Research Center for CTE, 2005.3. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education data; Civic Enterprises et al, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic: Annual Update, 2014.4. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Data Point: Career and Technical Education Coursetaking and Postsecondary Enrollment and Attainment: High School Classes of 1992 and 2004, 2016.Source: CTE Today ACTE website

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

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