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2018 November

Student Services Contacts: I hope each of you had a joyful Thanksgiving as our next stop is Christmas and then the end of the calendar year!

It is with excitement (and part terror!) that I announce my retirement! My last day to work at ODCTE will be January 8, 2019. I have been at the agency for 29 years and I never thought I would stay that long in one place! And that the one place would provide me the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the state doing some of the best work one can do to help support students’ success. I have been blessed to work with great people in the Career and Academic Connections Division (the best!), the agency and the field. Supporting students to be successful attracts the best kind of people!

There is still time to sign up for:
Tuesday, November 27
Francis Tuttle Business Innovation Center
2824 Progressive Drive – Covell Road, OKC
Computer Lab
9:00- 12:00 noon OR 1:00 -3:00
Choose one time slot to attend.

This training is for participants who have previously attended an OK Career Guide training and are looking to gain knowledge about other schools promising practices and implementation of school wide strategic career planning.

ADMS is the school data platform providing educators with information about their students’ interest and usage which can be used in making school widICAP implementation. NOTE: This training will NOT provide OK Career Guide basics, such as a walk-through or creation of a student account.
November 27 registration link

Archived webinars for you: If you would like a “refresher” look at OK Career Guide or if you have never had training, take a look at the webinars below. They will provide you a good overview of the system.

Erica Harris, OK Career Guide Coordinator webinar: This webinar also incorporates ways to use with Alternative Education. (One hour) https://vimeo.com/299515517

Elizabeth Moore, Field Trainer for Kuder webinar: This webinar also provides information on the administrative side. Play recording (1 hr 38 min)

Reminder: AJ Crowell is our new C2B coordinator. If you have a business you would like him to contact about participating in C2B, please call or email him. His phone number recently was updated. It is 405.743.5105 but his email is still

AJ is making sure our Facebook page is kept up to date. Check it out and like us!
FacebookCareer and Academic Connections

SAVE THE DATE!
The annual Counselors Only Conference will be March 12, 2019 and will be at Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus which is located at 10800 North 137th East Ave. Owasso, OK 74055

We want you! Please consider completing the proposal to present. Counselors want to hear from other counselors and you all are doing some great things!

Link for the presentation proposal is: https://goo.gl/forms/wfbx6QM60MrSX1KP2
(Feel free to share the presentation link with your partner school counselors as well.)

Do you need a one pager to help when you present to community stakeholders about how CareerTech provides services in different areas? Here are 2 resources to help with that:
• Fast Facts for CareerTech for FY18 gives a statewide overview of CareerTech numbers such as enrollments, teachers, industry certifications, placement rates, etc.
• CareerTech in Your Community -provides individualized one-pagers covering CareerTech services found in each House and Senate district, as well as statewide maps showing K-12 offerings, CareerTech districts, Adult Basic Ed offerings, and Skills Center locations.

2018 October

Student Services Contacts: As usual, the year is zipping along! October is one of my favorite months, probably because it is my birthday month! Really, it is because the leaves start to change color and the weather begins to get cooler (HOPEFULLY the weather begins to get cooler…) So here’s to the leaves changing, temperatures dropping, and birthdays in October!

3 more Guidancefest dates are left. Topics covered will include sharing best practices on career development and ICAPping, recent legislation and academic updates from both CareerTech and the OSDE. Hope to see you there!
-October 4, 2018-Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso
-October 9, 2018 – Wes Watkins Technology Center, Wetumka
-October 11, 2018 – Metro Technology Center, Springlake Campus
Registration link: https://guidancefest2018.eventbrite.com/

Staff Photo of AJ CrowellWelcome to AJ Crowell in the Career and Academic Connections Division!
AJ is our new career development specialist/C2B Coordinator. AJ comes to us from OCCC and brings a wealth of knowledge about connecting students (both high school and adult) with business and industry. He will be working with the Connect 2 Business (C2B) component found within OK Career Guide with business leaders around the state. You can contact AJ at or 405-743-5325. Come meet him in person at any one of the remaining Guidancefest sessions.

Career and Academic Connections Website: If you haven’t reviewed our website in a while, it is time for you to check it out. Thanks to Cynthia Vick, our webtech, many of our webpages have been updated. Start with the updated Career Development Resources and the Guidance and Counseling links.

Career and Academic Connections Data
When we began to talk more to the field about data, we developed our Career and Academic Connections Accountability Report, affectionately known to us as “the CACAR.” Take a look at the FY18 CACAR that is attached and if you have something similar that you do, we would love to see it or if you have suggestions for us to make it better, please let us know. It is meant to help our stakeholders see the width and breadth of the services we offer and the scope of our audiences.

RESULTS! RESOURCES! REFERRALS!
From Erica Harris, OK Career Guide Coordinator
Thanks to OK Career Guide stakeholders we had a busy year with some amazing new resources!
As we enter the 4th school year for OK Career Guide, we wanted to share with you results, resources and C2B referrals.

RESULTS!
OK CAREER GUIDE
• Conducted over 70 trainings for educators in FY18.
• Chosen and implemented by 22+ ICAP pilot PK-12 schools in 2017-2018.
• 87% Increase in users.
• Launched Connect 2 Business!
• On boarded 15 Businesses to C2B, fostering their capacity to influence career awareness opportunities.

RESOURCES!
We have NEW videos to help you promote OK Career Guide as it applied to your work with the field!
• OK Career Guide- Promotional Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEXlMVD_lpo
• OK Career Guide in the classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XSAGiBiJkU&t=27s
• Connect to Business- Promotional Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoy5zmc86eI&feature=youtu.be
• C2B- Short Functional Promotional Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA8sLGSZYk4&feature=youtu.be

REFERRALS!
Connect to Business Referral Document

2018 Oklahoma Association of Career and Employment Professionals, Inc. (OACEP) Conference
“Becoming Agents of Change”
Nov. 8-9, 2018 (Conference starts with breakfast on Thursday Nov. 8)
Shangri-La Conference Center-On Monkey Island near Afton, OK
See Conference Agenda Online Registration Open Now!
Registration Fees
Attendee $175 (Includes 5 meals) Companion $80 (meals only)
Conference Highlights
Keynote Speaker: International speaker and author of "The Agent of Change", Johnny Campbell, will present strategies for embracing change.

Topics at the workshop include:
-Legal Barriers to Employment and How to Navigate Them
-MicroBurst EmployABILITY Training, 2 hours
-Who Motivates the Motivator?
-Prevention of, and Response to, an Active Shooter in the Workplace
-Resume Update: Moving to the Digital
For more Conference and the Hotel information, visit the OACEP website at https://www.oacep.org

2018 September

Student Services Contacts: Please let me know if you would like to be taken off of my list or if you have someone I need to add. Hope to see many of you at Guidancefest!

The Student Services Endorsement Program is designed to rapidly improve upon the existing foundation of skills for those practicing in technology centers in the student services area. Student Services incorporates counselors, job placement/development staff, career specialists, career assessment staff, student services coordinators, special needs coordinators and financial aid administrators. It is designed for newly-hired technology center student services staff, but veteran staff can also benefit. You must apply and be accepted for this program. The application is attached. Please read thoroughly as it requires supervisor approval and letter of support. Contact me if you have any questions. Deadline to register is September 14, 2018.

Guidancefest dates have been set. Topics covered will include sharing best practices on career development and ICAPping; recent legislation and academic updates from both CareerTech and the OSDE. In addition, OSDE will cover social and emotional issues. Please register and encourage your partner school counselors to register as well.
-September 25, 2018 – Autry Technology Center, Enid
-September 27, 2018 – Red River Technology Center, Duncan
-October 4, 2018 – Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso campus
-October 9, 2018 – Wes Watkins Technology Center, Wetumka
-October 11, 2018 – Metro Technology Center, Springlake Campus
Registration link: https://guidancefest2018.eventbrite.com/

Looking for resources to help students with test prep. You can order different test prep packages within OK Career Guide. Click on: Petersons Test Prep Order Form to see prices and packages.

CareerTech AP Coordinators and AP Teachers, we have a great opportunity! From Tina Fugate (please share with your teachers/administrators. If you have questions, please give Tina a call or email-contact info at end of this information)
On Wednesday, September 19th, College Board is sending the SW Regional Director of State and District Partnerships to help us understand the changes coming to the AP process. She will meet with the Coordinators in the morning and the Teachers in the afternoon. Come spend a couple hours and be better informed and ready for those AP courses. Registration links are at the bottom of this email.

Below you will find this year’s AP Audit Calendar. It has deadlines and responsibilities that are important to note so the students will be able to get the proper credit on their transcripts.

I look forward to seeing you there and learning how we will have access to more information about our student scores and performance.

AP Coordinators
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
9:00am-11:30am
Tulsa Tech STEM Academy
3420 S. Memorial Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74145
Coordinators registration link
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/careertech-ap-coordinator-meeting-tickets-49614971716

AP Teachers
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
1:00pm-4:00pm
Tulsa Tech STEM Academy
3420 S. Memorial Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74145
Teachers registration link
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/careertech-ap-teachers-meeting-tickets-49616527369

Tina Fugate M. Ed.
STEM
Office 405.743.5139

Lottery Scholarship Application These scholarship dollars are provided by the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund. The purpose of the funds is to help students obtain their teaching credentials. Please share this link for the Lottery Scholarship Application to interested parties. The application is open September 4 - 21.

Do you need in-service or employee training ideas? Oklahoma CareerTech Equity and Diversity Specialist Dr. Quentin J. Sanders can help you offer interactive training. Click on Diversity Inclusion Awareness Training for more information.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education do a series of workshops across the state from their Student Prep team. You can find more information on dates, locations, times and topics at: https://okhighered.org/student-prep/#fall

New Perkins Law: On July 31, the President signed into law H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the bill that reauthorizes the 2006 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. We now have a new law governing the federal investment in CTE. ACTE has prepared some resources for this new law. The link is: https://www.acteonline.org/perkins-implementation/ Check out the Perkins V One Pager

15 Better Things to do after Work if you want to be happy– see how many you already do and what you might want to start doing to be happier (and healthier).

2018 August

Ladies and Gentlemen, August starts off with a bang! Please review all the items in this email and let me know if you have questions or need further information.

Summer Conference Evaluation/Powerpoints
Many of you might have already received this link from Cynthia. However, if you did not or if you have not completed yet, please click on the link and let us know your thoughts on our divisional day at Summer Conference. The survey should only take a few minutes of your time to complete. Here is the link to the evaluation form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/guid-esspsc2018. We greatly appreciate your feedback! We already have some of the summer conference powerpoints and handouts online. Click HERE for the powerpoints and check back for additions.

CORE Math Credit Information from Tommi Leach
Please find attached a corrected copy of the Oklahoma CareerTech Certifications Processes so please replace these with what you got at summer conference. I have also attached some additional guidance and tried to answer some of the questions we got at our Summer Conference session. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Kelly. I still have not heard back from the SDE on using the 9975 subject code but we will proceed until further notice. Thanks for all you do!

Sincerely,
Tommi Leach, M.Ed.
Academic Coordinator Career and Academic Connections
405.743.5524 tel

www.okcareertech.org

The Student Services Endorsement Program is designed to rapidly improve upon the existing foundation of skills for those practicing in technology centers in the student services area. Student Services incorporates counselors, job placement/development staff, career specialists, career assessment staff, student services coordinators, special needs coordinators and financial aid administrators. It is designed for newly-hired technology center student services staff, but veteran staff can also benefit. You must apply and be accepted for this program. The application is attached. Please read thoroughly as it requires supervisor approval and letter of support. Contact me if you have any questions.

Ready, Set, Guide Training for OK Career Guide
Choose one day and choose a site for that day to attend training.
Training is from 9:00 – 2:00

Who should attend: Ideal for 6th-12th administrators, ICAP leaders, teachers, school counselors, career specialists, CTE instructors, workforce advisors who are beginning to use OK Career Guide or have not attended training since 2015.

Reasons to attend:
-Review overall system for 6th-12th grade students
-Use of Interest, Skills Confidence and Work Values assessments
-How students can create a My Ed Plan
-Review Work Ready features-Resume, Cover Letters, References
-E-portfolios for students and educators
-Tools and resources for model career development programs
-And more!
September 11, 2018 Locations
-Northwest Technology Center, Fairview
-Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton
-Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee
Registration link: September 11, 2018 Workshop

October 23, 2018 Locations
-Eastern OK County Technology Center, Choctaw
-Kiamichi Technology Center, Atoka
-Northeast Technology Center, Pryor
Registration link: October 23, 2018 Workshop

Guidancefest dates have been set! More details to follow shortly.
-September 25, 2018 – Autry Technology Center, Enid
-September 27, 2018 – Red River Technology Center, Duncan
-October 4, 2018 – Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso campus
-October 9, 2018 – Wes Watkins Technology Center, Wetumka
-October 11, 2018 – Metro Technology Center, Springlake Campus
Registration link: https://guidancefest2018.eventbrite.com/

Students share 5 tips to help boost graduation rates
Recent high-school graduates shared strategies that could help improve graduation rates when they met with John Gomperts, president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance, and Dale Erquiaga, president and CEO of Communities In Schools. In this commentary, Gomperts and Erquiaga write about the five main themes they gleaned from students, including a need to train educators to help students experiencing challenging circumstances.
The Hechinger Report (7/23)

Student-to-School-Counselor Ratios
The latest student-to-school-counselor ratio data is available from the 2015–2016 school year. Take a look and see how Oklahoma stacks up. View the data by ratio (lowest to highest) or by state (alphabetically).

2018 June

Just a reminder: I have heard from many of you who have new staff-thank you! Please see information below if you will have new student services staff:

The New Student Services Academy will be held in Stillwater at ODCTE on July 12-13, 2018. This academy is targeted towards student services and academic center staff and it is critical that all new academic center and student services staff be present. This includes academic center instructors and specialists, and those serving as guidance, career development, special needs, counseling, assessment, recruitment, and job placement personnel. New financial aid staff attending is strictly optional. We do not cover specific financial aid regulations and/or guidelines. It does not include math or science teachers whose sole assignment is to an academy (bio-med, bio-tech, or pre-engineering) or who teach for academic credit. They receive orientation and training through a different process. (Instructors will have their own new teacher training in July. If you have a new instructor, contact your State Program Administrator for dates and locations of their new teacher training.)

If you have a new hire in the student services or academic center area, please email me the new staff (name, position, tech center campus and home and/or work email). The agenda is attached so you can see the topics we cover. We will be emailing/sending out details about registration, agenda and other information to them about the academy. Participants can register online at this time. The link is: https://nssa2018.eventbrite.com
If you have questions or need further information about New Student Services Academy, please contact me.

Summer Conference 2018
Reminder #1: register on or before July 13! Conference participants who register and pay the general conference registration fee by July 13, 2018, will receive a $25.00 discount. The early bird registration fee is $75.00. Registration after July 13, 2018 will be $100.00. Please note: in order to receive the discount, payment must be received in the OkACTE office by July 13, 2018. The only exception to this policy will be for employees who are new to the CareerTech system this year.

Reminder #2: Our divisional day will be August 2 and we will be at Moore Norman Tech Center, S. Penn Campus. We have almost 40 concurrent sessions from which you will chose, covering a variety of student services topics. We hope you will find several topics that will be useful to you in your job.

Student Services Endorsement Program
We are pleased to announce we will offer the Student Services Endorsement Program this year. The Student Services Endorsement Program is designed to rapidly improve upon the existing foundation of skills for those practicing in technology centers in the student services area. Student Services incorporates counselors, job placement/development staff, career specialists/advisors, career assessment staff, student services coordinators, special needs coordinators and financial aid administrators. It is designed for newly hired technology center student services staff, but veteran staff can also benefit.

We do not offer this training every year. A limited number of applicants are accepted. Look for applications and all the details at summer conference and on our CAC website in August.

The Classic Career Advice You Shouldn't Forget, According to Oprah

Oprah threw out some serious wisdom to the 2018 class at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s recent commencement ceremony. She started off her address to the world’s future writers, journalists, reporters, and speakers with the bad news: A lot’s going on in the world, and it’s not all great. The good news, she joked: “Many of your parents are probably taking you somewhere special for dinner tonight.”

2018 May

51st Annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference Information
Prizes, Fun, Food, Excitement, Awards!! OkACTE Guidance Division Members: Please attend the OkACTE Guidance Awards Ceremony/Division Business Meeting on Wednesday, August 1. The meeting room will be decorated; Light refreshments will be served; Award winners will be recognized! Business packets will be given out at the meeting and there will be voting for Guidance officers. Audience members will receive important updates on the OkACTE Guidance Division. Door prizes will be given out. And, remember-you must be present to win the door prizes and the Guidance Early Registration Special. The meeting will begin at 3:30 at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel in the Plaza Ballroom.
Wednesday, August 2- Guidance and Educational Services/Special Populations will hold their divisional sessions at Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus. Lunch will be on your own that day. You may go out to eat at one of the restaurants near by or you will have onsite options available for you to purchase. The S. Penn campus is located at 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73170
Guidance Early Registration Special: If you pre-register with payment on or before July 13, you are eligible for a special drawing. The winner of this drawing will receive reimbursement of his/her OkACTE/ACTE dues, a $160 value provided by the OkACTE Guidance Division. The drawing will be held and the winner announced at the Guidance Awards Ceremony/Business meeting Wednesday afternoon-YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Website: https://www.okcareertech.org/summer-conference

SAVE THE DATE! GUIDANCEFEST 2018
September 25, 2018 – Autry Tech Center, Enid, OK
September 27, 2018 – Red River Tech, Duncan, OK
October 4, 2018 – Tulsa Tech, Owasso, OK
October 9, 2018 – Wes Watkins Tech, Wetumka, OK
October 11, 2018 – Canadian Valley Tech, El Reno, OK
Registration will be open in August!

Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as "Mental Health Month") has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings. Click on this link for an infographic on how friends can help friends: https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/NAMI-Want-to-know-how-to-help-a-friend.pdf

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the careertech video that was shown on Channel 9. Click on: CareerTech Centers Train Skilled Workforce in Oklahoma

Financial Aid Information From Sandra McKnight
1) Independent Living Act (Foster Care Tuition Waiver) The Independent Living Act was established by the 2000 Oklahoma Legislature to ensure that eligible individuals who have been or are in the foster care program of the Department of Human Services receive services that include housing, medical coverage and education. The first recipients of the tuition waivers were 1999-2000 high school graduates. This includes postsecondary technology center programs. To see the specifics of this act, click on:
https://secure.okcollegestart.org/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/Miscellaneous_Scholarships/Independent_Living_Act.aspx and/or review the attachment from the statutes.

This is going to be a small number of students due to the specifics of the eligibility requirements. I believe we could expect that the student would self-disclose. If the student does not have (or is having trouble getting) the documentation to confirm that they meet the requirement-OK Higher Regents may be able to confirm and help provide documentation for the student’s file.

Please share this information with whom you believe would best use it. I would expect that this student would ask admissions and/or the counselor before this request came to financial aid.

2) Flyer is attached for high school counselors or others that briefly outlines money benefits for eligible high school dependents. Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency (OKSAA) must approve high schools for benefits to be paid – requirements include being accredited by the state.
As always, please ask if you have any questions.

Sandra McKnight
Financial Aid Coordinator
careertech | Accreditation
1500 West Seventh Ave
Stillwater, OK 74074-4398
405.743.5519 tel
1.800.522.5810, ext 519
405.743.6809 fax
sandra.mcknight@careertech.ok.gov
www.okcareertech.org

ODCTE has a new BIS brochure, which lists all of the BIS programs available across the state. Get the digital version HERE.

Hopefully, you are already familiar with the brochure listing all the tech center career programs Career Program Brochure. That brochure uses dots to indicate all the career tech programs. In the BIS brochure, the BIS programs uses stars to indicate all the BIS programs.

2018 April

New Student Services Academy-Save the Date
Every year, the CAC division offers a New Student Services Academy. This academy is targeted toward newly hired student services staff at a tech center. More information will be coming out in May/June but the dates for that academy are July 12-13. It will be held at the Oklahoma Dept. of CareerTech in Stillwater.

Connect 2 Business has its first opportunity!!
Dell has posted a full time position for Client Technical Support Agent. Dell has aligned their business with the Information Technology Cluster.

You may want to share this information with Instructors whose students have an interest in this field. Full time positions are only available for Seniors and Postsecondary students/adults.

OK Career Guide users can navigate Opportunities on the left side under Connect 2 Business, Search for Opportunities. See screenshot below. If you have a business partner you would like to refer to Connect 2 Business please contact Susan.Kuzmic@careertech.ok.gov

An updated edition of the Career Focus magazine (CS901518) is now available to print. The updated edition features content about the skills that employers want, why an interviewee might not get the job, and links to Express Employment “Job Genius” videos. The cost is $35.00 for a set of 10 magazines.

A free sample is available at https://www.okcareertech.org/educators/cimc/resources/downloads-1.

States recovering from recession and jobs that are growing no matter where you live.

The “great recession” began 10 years ago, and while it lasted only two years, its impact on the U.S. workforce is still being felt. As of 2017, the country overall boasts 6,692,837 more jobs than in 2007 – just before the recession began…
https://www.careerbuilder.com/advice/has-your-home-state-recovered-from-the-recession

Job seekers have more skills than they may realize. A new online tool from the U.S. Department of Labor lets job hunters rate themselves on 40 workplace skills and then learn their best-fit career options. The Skills Matcher compares a person’s skill rating to the knowledge, skills, and abilities of more than 900 O*NET occupations. Try out the Skills Matcher, available on the CareerOneStop site.

The 9th edition of CIMC‘s web book (previously called Best of the Web) includes apps for both instructors and students that enhance the classroom experience, offer avenues for professional development, and assist instructors with student engagement and enhancement activities. This edition includes resources for CareerTech Student Organizations; Teaching, Advising & Career Information; Creativity; and Digital Tools, as well as websites for each career cluster.

Websites, Apps, and More can be downloaded for FREE, or purchased in packages of 10. Download a free copy of Websites, Apps, and More

And an oldie, but goodie: A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. A sampling of their wisdom:

Better to be safe than................Punch a 5th grader
Don't bite the hand that............. looks dirty
A miss is as good as a...................Mr.
You can't teach an old dog new............math
If you lie down with dogs, you'll.........stink in the morning
Happy the bride who.......................gets all the presents
A penny saved is..........................not much
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and.......you have to blow your nose.
When the blind leadeth the blind..........get out of the way

2018 March

Another Counselor Conference in the books...
Over 400 counselors from elementary, middle school, junior high, high school and technology centers attended this event. Certain sessions were also live streamed to allow further access. These sessions can be found at: Conference Playlist. As we receive powerpoints from the presenters, those will be put online at the google website. Click here to view those and remember to click back later for more powerpoints.

Body Language Mistakes that Could Ruin Your Interview
Body language shouldn't be an afterthought. How you present yourself can have a big impact on how you're perceived during the interview, and if you ultimately get hired. Find out more from this infographic.

Jan Bennett Bell, Career Adviser/Middle School Specialist, Tulsa Tech is finishing up her 3-year term as national vice president for the Guidance and Career Development Division, ACTE. Job well done, Jan! And at the recent ACTE Convention in Nashville, Debbie Waken, Counselor, Tulsa Tech was recognized as the ACTE’s Guidance and Career Development Division’s Outstanding Guidance/Career Development Professional. Congrats!

State of Career Advising and Development
What strategies are states using to promote career advising and development? Are counselors using effective career advising strategies? Advance CTE and the American School Counselor Association have investigated these and other questions in the recently published The State of Career Technical Education: Career Advising and Development. Findings include:

  • 58 percent of states believe they are only somewhat effectively serving K-12 students with career advising and development systems, and 55 percent believe they are somewhat effective or not effective at serving postsecondary CTE students.
  • States, on average, engage in a multitude of strategies at the K–12 level for career advising and development. The most common strategies relate to funding professional development, experiential learning, career advising positions and career planning tools; providing professional development; and developing curriculum.

Oklahoma Policy has updated their County Fact Sheets. These colorful, 2-page fact sheets display key statistics and charts about residents of each of the state’s 77 counties, covering demographics, education, health, and the economy. You can find the fact sheets and interactive charts for every county in Oklahoma here.

OK Career Guide Training
On May 3rd we will have a large open training at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center. This training will cover all of the system with added emphasis on My Ed Plan and the Admin components. We encourage you and your partner schools to come for training. We have space for 70 participants and we want to get it full! To register, go to: https://okcgeocmay318.eventbrite.com


ODCTE needs your input
The ODCTE is creating a new “Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement.” The intent of this center is to provide a range of direct services to teachers and others who work with students. We’d like your input about the work of the new center. Please respond to the survey items at the link below to provide us with your input. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NJVKBFL

And cause testing is right around the corner…
Kellys March 2018 Newsletter - Cause Testing

2018 February

Black History Month
A World Without Black People
If you are looking for a wonderful story to share for Black History Month, go to https://shar.es/1NoFBU
This is a story of a little boy named Theo, who woke up one morning and asked his mother…

Celebrate 28 Days of Oklahoma CareerTech
The Oklahoma CareerTech System has five delivery arms: technology centers, K-12 schools, adult basic education, Skills Centers and business and industry services. There are 29 tech center districts, 391 K-12 school districts with CareerTech courses, 31 adult basic education providers and 16 Skills Centers in Oklahoma correctional facilities. CareerTech business and industry services helped 7,824 companies in fiscal year 2017.Oklahoma CareerTech graduates add more than $3.5 billion to the state’s economy annually.For more of 28 days of Oklahoma CareerTech, visit our social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

The Counselor Conference is at capacity for registration and there is no on-site registration. However, you may still be put on a waiting list for any openings that may come as participants’ plan changes. When participants let us know they will not be coming, a spot will be released to the next person on the waiting list. To be on the waiting list, enter your information at: https://forcounselorsonly2018.eventbrite.com/

Another option: If you cannot attend, we will be live streaming the key note and the sessions that are in Conference Center C (CC-C on the at-a-glance) so you can sit at your desk and watch those sessions. We will have more information on how to access that shortly. The at-a-glance agenda for the workshop is attached. The Counselors Only google website is still being populated but you can find out more information on the sessions there. Weblink is: http://bit.ly/2CeYl0M. As soon as we get the powerpoints from the presenters after the conference, those will be online as well.

On May 3rd we will have a large open training at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center. This training will cover all of the system with added emphasis on My Ed Plan and the Admin components. We encourage you and your partner schools to come for training. We have space for 70 participants. To register, go to: https://okcgeocmay318.eventbrite.com

Have you heard? OK Career Guide Connect to Business or C2B is live for ALL users 9th- adult in Oklahoma! Students and users are able to connect and see Business profiles through this C2B feature.

First 5 Things Employers Look for in Your Resume
Employers go through resumes very quickly, so you need to make sure yours will stand out. Consider these five points - first five things

OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF MINORITIES IN CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
(OAMCTE) Essay Contest for 2017-2018

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.

Postmarked deadline to submit essay is Friday, March 2, 2018. For all the details, click on: OAMCTE Essay
Contest 2017-2018 (No emailed essays will be accepted.) If you have questions: Contact Cynthia Vick at (405) 743-5162;

US Army Trading Cards
ACTE's CTE Working Wonders campaign is pleased to offer US Army-sponsored trading cards,
featuring 15 in demand careers in science, engineering, information technology, combat, aviation and
more. https://www.acteonline.org/general.aspx?id=12284#.Wk5WPlNG0pv

9 Moments to Appreciate Every Day if You Truly Want to Be Happy
Success and happiness aren’t easy to achieve. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and luck to get
there. That’s why, along the way, you’ve got to take advantage of moments—those brief periods of
time when all can be right in your world. Click here for more info

From Phyllis Murphy, OkACTE Guidance President –Save the Date
Just wanted to remind you to save the date for OkACTE Guidance Spring Workshop to be held Friday April 6, 2018 at Metro Tech. Those of you who were able to attend last year will remember that it gave us a great chance to learn, network, refresh and be able to go back to finish the school year with a much needed positive attitude boost. Try to make plans to join us again this year. More information and agenda will be coming later.
NOTE: this workshop is free to Primary and Secondary OkACTE Guidance Members. All others pay $25.

2018 January

OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF MINORITIES IN CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
(OAMCTE) Essay Contest for 2017-2018

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.

Postmarked deadline to submit essay is Friday, March 2, 2018. For all the details, click on: OAMCTE Essay Contest 2017-2018 (No emailed essays will be accepted.) If you have questions: Contact Cynthia Vick at (405) 743-5162;

Counselors Only Conference Registration is OPEN. The Counselors Only Conference will be held March 5, 2018 at Moore Norman Technology Center, S. Penn Campus
8:30 – 9:00 – Registration
Key note session will be from 9:00 – 9:45
Sessions will be from 10:00 – 3:00
Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus Address: 13301 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73170

Registration link: https://forcounselorsonly2018.eventbrite.com

Kristin Atchley is the new executive director of counseling at the Oklahoma State Department of Education. We are working with Kristin and SDE in partnership to implement the Counselors Only Conference. Plans are underway to be able to offer live streaming for some of the sessions at the Counselors Conference 2018 like we did last year.

NO ONSITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT COUNSELORS ONLY CONFERENCE. Proposals were gathered from the field and will be offered as concurrent sessions. Time frames for the sessions will be 50 minutes so you will have 30 sessions from which to choose! There is no cost to attend the conference. There will be great sessions, great networking, and lunch will be on your own.

Fast Facts for FY17 for CTE
For example:

  • 13,607 Career Readiness Certificates earned
  • 52% of our students went on to continuing education
  • 121 adult basic education sites
  • 549 K-12 school sites with CareerTech offerings
  • More than 88,000 students were involved with our CareerTech Student Organizations

Use these facts for your next presentation or print off and provide them for your next counselor meeting. Click here to download a pdf copy.

11 timesaving Microsoft word hacks. Click here
For example: If You Need to View Two Docs Side-by-Side for Comparison
When you need to look at two documents compared to each other, you could always open them in two separate windows. But, use this trick and you’ll be able to “sync” the text of both so that they scroll together—making your checking easier than ever. Here’s How

And coming in February…

National School Counseling Week (NSCW)
Feb. 5-9, 2019 marks the National School Counseling Week. The theme for NSCW 2018 is "School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars." For more information and to order materials, go to: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/ and click on National School Counseling Week.

February is CTE Month.
What is CTE month? Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. For more information, click here

Black History Month
Each year in the United States, February is dedicated as Black History Month. What began as the grassroots effort of African-American historian Carter G. Woodson has grown into a national time to honor the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout history.

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