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Kelly's February 2017 Monthly Email

National School Counseling Week 2017, "School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential," will be celebrated from Feb. 6–10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.  For ideas on how to promote and celebrate this week, go to:

OKCareerGuide Training

The Spring and Summer OKCareerGuide Training kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 9 at High Plains.  Participants will learn how to help students use OKCareerGuide, develop 4-year education plans, and use the administrative features. This is a hands-on training taught in a computer lab. Space is limited to 15 participants.  To register for this training and to check back for other trainings, go to:

THURSDAY, February 9, 2017  

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

LOCATION: High Plains Technology Center

3921 34th Street,  Room #207

Woodward, Oklahoma 73801    


CareerTech Counselors Workshops
Tech Center Counselors and student services staff:  We would like to spend time with you and work on different items from the Guidance Team Self Study (GTSS).  Take a look at the agenda below and register for one of the workshops.  It is a dedicated time to hear best practices from other tech centers, network, develop measurable goals, transfer your GTSS from dropbox to Google and more.  Hope to see you there!  Registration can be found at:

Choose ONE date to attend:        Feb. 23             March 21

CareerTech Counselors Workshop Agenda Topics


OK Dept. of Career Tech, Stillwater, OK

Tuttle Seminar Center

9:00-9:15               Welcome and Introductions                   

9:15-9:30               GTSS–Statewide View

9:30-10:15             GTSS Practitioners Panel            

10:15-10:25           Data Resources                          

10:25-10:35           Break

10:35-11:15           Looking at Your Own GTSS          

11:15-12:30           Lunch – On Your Own

12:30-1:00             SMART Goal Consulting/Planning

1:00-1:45               Highlights of GTSS -- Best Practices

1:45-2:15               GuidanceFest Discussion            

2:15-3:00               Model Advisory Committee           

3:00                       Evaluation and Adjourn


Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career And Technology Education (OAMCTE) Essay Contest 2016-2017

Application information is attached.  Deadline is March 3.  Cash prizes awarded to top 3 essays. 

Who is eligible to enter the essay contest?

Students must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. Currently enrolled and attending a Career and Technology Education class or program.
  2. A high school junior or senior.
  3. A member of a minority race.


Save the Date!  OKCRC State Conference will be in August!!  ACT is launching the new testing system and WorkKeys assessments in June and we want to bring you that information as soon as possible.  The OKCRC State Conference will focus on the new products.  Mark Tuesday, August 15 on your calendar. Location will be Francis Tuttle, Reno Campus.

Counselors Only Conference is full!  If you try to register now, you will be directed to a wait list. If someone who has registered lets us know that their plans have changed, we offer that space to the next person on the wait list.  We do have a large number on the wait list.  We apologize as due to space restrictions, we have a hard limit on numbers this year – and there is NO onsite registration.  Next year we will search for a larger venue.  For this year: there may be an option to stream live a strand of sessions so we will let you know details if that happens.  And be sure and check back on the Counselors Only website, as we will put the powerpoints and handouts from the presenters as we get them. 


Black History Month – February: The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local events, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Source:  Quentin J. Sanders, Ph.D., J.D.

careertech | Equity/Diversity Specialist


Kelly Arrington
Career and Academic Connections Manager

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