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Monday Memo 2013-08-26

Governor's STEM Summit a success; STEM accounts for 20 percent of workforce; Agricultural Education critical to the modern ag industry; United Way Campaign underway!; Project Lead the Way, part of CareerTech STEM strategy; Law enforcement curriculum developed; agricultural curriculum cross walked to national standards; and my schedule for the week.
Monday Memo 2013-08-26

Discovering the Future! Oklahoma CareerTech Biomedical Education

"The Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn't count; building arks does.” - Warren Buffett

Governor's STEM Summit a success

Gov. Mary Fallin hosted a business and educator forum on Aug. 20 to discuss the advancement of science technology engineering and math.

Oklahoma CareerTech schools showcased various programs during the summit.

CareerTech STEM was well represented by students from the following schools: Francis Tuttle, Pre-Engineering and Biomedical Red River Technology, Pre-Engineering and Biomedical Purcell Junior High School, Gateway to Technology Southern Technology, Biotechnology Gordon Cooper, Pre-Engineering and FIRST Robotics (contributed by Becki Foster)

STEM accounts for 20 percent of workforce

A recent labor market review by the Brookings Institute puts STEM jobs at 20 percent of the total workforce. Of these, approximately 60 percent require an associate degree or less.

A substantial portion of the jobs are driven by industry credentials. They also afford career ladder opportunities for those who continue their education. There continues to be lower than acceptable interest in these careers among youth and adults.

CareerTech will be working on solutions for this problem, as well as continuing great programs designed to solve the shortage.

Career Development, Career Readiness and Career Preparation Strategic Purposes will be prominent in the solutions we provide.

Agricultural Education critical to the modern ag industry

The agricultural industry is no different than any other industry. Technological innovations have transformed how the industry works, what the people in the industry do and how much people need to know to be successful.

Agricultural education is front and center in our efforts to assure the agricultural industry survives and thrives in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s agricultural education teachers and leaders will be undertaking substantial curriculum and instruction advancements in the years ahead to be sure their students are fully prepared.

The following article is but a small example of the change we will be facing and the exciting opportunities they present to progressive educators. High Tech Has Produced the Renaissance Farmer

United Way Campaign underway!

Josh Miller is this year’s chairman of the United Way campaign for the agency. The 2013 campaign planning is ramping up, with this year’s kickoff activities just a couple of weeks away.

If you would like to participate in agency campaign planning, there is still time to volunteer. Just send an email to Josh Miller, and he will reply with dates, locations and times for planning committee meetings.The agency's planning committee is setting several goals for the campaign.

One of those goals will be 100 percent employee participation. We have started out strong, fielding one of the largest United Way Day of Caring teams that we have ever submitted. Thank you to those 14 employees who are donating their time to participate in this community service activity.

Stay tuned for more details concerning the agency's United Way campaign. It is amazing what we can accomplish when working together. Let’s make this year’s campaign one for the record books.

2013 Career Tech United Way Day of Caring Roster Janet Moore Valerie McBane Jennifer Nuttle Donna Sinnes Tawni Hooten Josh Miller Kelly Arrington Kevin Terronez Jeremy Zweiacker Claire Zevnik-Cline Mark Wilson Rena Sterling Debbie Saterbak Bennett Connie Romans (contributed by Josh Miller)

Project Lead the Way, part of CareerTech STEM strategy

Oklahoma CareerTech Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering students earn the OSU/College of Engineering Architecture and Technology-Dean Tikalsky scholarship.

Congratulations to the following students who earned this honor: Riley Carter, Kiamichi Mark Gilbert and Jonathan Smith, Meridian Chase Haverkamp, Tulsa Tech Colton Jung and Sienna Tracht, Great Plains Jordan Wilmot, Francis Tuttle

These are great examples of students benefitting from high level academics and exceptional CareerTech course work as envisioned by the Career Readiness and Academic Enhancement Oklahoma CareerTech Purposes. (contributed by Becki Foster)

Law enforcement curriculum developed

CIMC has entered into an agreement with the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training to develop standards and curriculum for bail enforcers. This project will build on a series of law enforcement products currently available with CLEET endorsement. (contributed by Craig Maile)

Agricultural curriculum cross walked to national standards

CIMC has developed a series of crosswalks of agriculture curriculum standards to the National Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster Standards. These products are also crosswalked to Oklahoma Academic Standards. View these new tools here.  (contributed by Jamie Church)

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:


½ day non-work
Meeting on Educational Quality and Accountability Commission


Meeting with health benefits officials
Video shoot for regional Guidance meetings
Video shoot for STEM education
Meeting with Marty Lewis


Meeting with Dan Hunter on creativity assessment
Meeting with Greg Main, president of St Gregory’s
Meeting with Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez
Dialogue session with Oklahoma State Chamber and Business Roundtable
Meeting on business satisfaction survey
Press conference on K-12 cut scores


Meeting with business leaders
Meeting with auditor’s office
Oklahoma Now video premier
General office work


General office work


See you around!

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