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Monday Memo 2014-09-15

2014 United Way campaign to begin; BMITE partners with MBA Research; Oklahoma's first student-led farmer's market opens; CareerTech board will meet in Stillwater; STEM Summit set for October; useful links; and my schedule for the week.


Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."- Apple Inc.

2014 United Way campaign to begin

United Way makes a difference in our community. United Way is a tradition at the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech. The kickoff for the community starts with a Day of Caring on the morning of Sept. 18. The agency has a team that will participate in this event and focus on a specific project that has been identified by the United Way. The CareerTech United Way Committee has planned for our campaign to run from Oct. 21 through Nov. 4. It takes all of us to make our campaign a success!

BMITE partners with MBA Research

The Oklahoma Business, Marketing and Information Technology Division has joined the MBA Research National Consortium. The consortium provides research-based support for all business administrator educators in entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management, administration and marketing. The benefits also include authentic assessments, discounts on curriculum that are available both online and in hard copy, input on the executive advisory network, strategic planning and development of state crosswalks to align with business and industry standards. The membership provides professional development in webinars, live training sessions and weekly updates to incorporate into the classroom.

Oklahoma's first student-led farmer's market opens

Metro Technology Centers opened the Sow-to-Grow student-led farmers market Sept. 12. The market is open to the public and is funded by a $50,000 Cox Connects Community IMPACT Grant, given annually to a K-12 educational initiative that enriches the overall educational experience and social well-being of students.
The farmers market provides students with unique interdisciplinary learning opportunities as horticulture, culinary arts and entrepreneurship students collaborate to grow produce, market their product and operate a small business.

Culinary arts students also performed live cooking demonstrations using produce harvested from the school's rooftop garden. Entrepreneurship students were tasked with making points-of-sale, selling recyclable bags and assisting customers and vendors, as well as managing live social media feeds during the market. In addition to students and teachers, the market featured local vendors demonstrating their products and helping the students learn about managing a business.

The farmers market will be open most Fridays in September and October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CareerTech board will meet in Stillwater

The State Board of CareerTech will have its monthly meeting Sept. 18 in Stillwater. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. in the Tuttle Seminar Center. The board agenda will be posted Sept. 17 by 9 a.m.

STEM Summit set for October

The Governor's STEM Summit will be Oct. 7 in Oklahoma City. Registration deadline is Sept. 24. There will be an education panel, a business and industry panel and breakout sessions that focus on how to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Oklahoma.

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
Lottery scholarship application
CareerTech Teacher Professional Development
GuidanceFest registration

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:


Senior staff meeting
SDE interface project meeting


Metro Tech leadership team meeting
Directors meeting


Accreditation training


State Board meeting in Stillwater
OMES conference call


Various office meetings

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