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Monday Memo 2014-08-18

Oklahoma Horizon's 500th episode aired; career development pilot project launched; STEM grants available; mobile app available for tech centers, agency; STEM student success; hiring event planned at Fort Sill for Oklahoma military members; useful links; and my schedule for the week.
Monday Memo 2014-08-18

Oklahoma Horizon Host Rob McClendon

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

Oklahoma Horizon's 500th episode aired

“Oklahoma Horizon” recently aired its 500th episode on OETA, according to Executive Producer Rob McClendon. The show airs at 3 p.m. Sundays on OETA and on cable throughout the United States. “Horizon” focuses on economic trends and social issues, including education and workforce development. The show is produced by CareerTech staff at the agency in Stillwater with support from the Department of Oklahoma Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Career development pilot project launched

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech has launched a career development pilot project focused on career development for K-12 and adult students. Meridian Technology Center and Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center have been chosen for the pilot project. Career development specialists employed by the two technology centers will develop and implement age-appropriate career development strategies with students from partnering elementary, junior high and high schools and with adult students from their technology center campuses. A customized assessment tool will be used at the beginning of the pilot project and at the end of the school year with sixth-grade through adult students to assess and monitor changes in students’ career development and career maturity levels.

STEM grants available

The State Department of Education has partnered with Oklahoma CareerTech STEM middle school teachers by providing the opportunity for our teachers to apply for grants through the Math Science Partnership mini grant program. The grants will pay the teachers’ tuition for Project Lead The Way Gateway to Technology training this fall. The grant due date is Aug. 20, and awards will be made shortly afterward. More information may be found at Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Mini Grant - State of Oklahoma.

Mobile app available for tech centers, agency

The Statewide Marketing Committee has worked with 806 Technologies to tailor a mobile app with push notification for technology centers and the agency. The free app is available on iPhone and Android platforms at Nineteen of the technology centers have populated the app, and the agency is working with several of its departments to tailor the app to their needs. Search for Oklahoma technology centers and Oklahoma CareerTech to load the app. Watch for some enhancements to the app after the first of the year.

STEM student success

Shelby Wilkinson, a Francis Tuttle Biosciences and Medicine Academy graduate (’14), was chosen this summer as one of two 2014 Presidential Scholars. The award is given for involvement, service, leadership and academic achievements in one’s school and community.

Shelby was involved in a year-long study at the Dean McGee Eye Institute, researching Stargardt macular dystrophy. She is a 2014 graduate of Crossings Community School, where she was valedictorian and a National Merit Finalist. Shelby starts this fall at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in biochemistry and economics.

Hiring event planned at Fort Sill for Oklahoma military members

The Oklahoma CareerTech System and its partners are planning another hiring event for military members and veterans in the state from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Fort Sill Armed Forces Reserve Center. Participating employers will have jobs they are ready to fill and will be prepared to interview eligible applicants, said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets coordinator.

Registration, available at, is required to ensure job seekers can be matched with career fields from the various employers. Pre-event workshops will be help ensure attendees are prepared for the hiring event by focusing on interview preparation, resume pointers and attire. Workshops will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Worley Center at Great Plains Technology Center and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 in the Harry S. Truman Education Center at Fort Sill. Registration is not required for the workshops, but is available by contacting Robert Phillips, Workforce Oklahoma, at 580-357-3500.

For more information about the hiring event, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets, 405-714-6186, , or Robert Phillips, local veterans’ employment representative, OESC, 580-357-3500, .

Useful links

Continuous School Improvement workshop presentations
Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
Executive Director of OkACTE job announcement

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:
Senior Leadership

TechCap Advisory Committee
Agency process leaders

Oklahoma City Chamber Luncheon


SREB conference call
CareerTech Board Meeting


OSSBA Conference


OSSBA Conference

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