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Monday Memo 2014-08-25

CareerTech testing center expands partnership; CareerTech: shaping the blueprint for securing the nation’s critical Infrastructure; OSU agricultural education professor uses CIMC book; education and industry panel talks about continuous improvement efforts; new teacher workshops registration now open; agency procedures recognized by state; useful links; and my schedule for the week.
“To succeed in life, you need three things:
a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.” – Reba McEntire

CareerTech testing center expands partnership

The CareerTech Testing Center is expanding its partnership with OSU Fire Safety Training to include two additional certification exams: Fire Instructor II and Hazardous Materials Awareness. These exams will be available through participating Health Certification Program test sites in September. (Jennifer Cartwright)

CareerTech: shaping the blueprint for securing the nation’s critical infrastructure

Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, as a partner in the multistate Cyber Security Education Consortium, collaborated with four other National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Centers to sponsor the first Community College Cyber Summit. This conference was devoted exclusively to highlighting and defining the role of career and technology and community college programs in cybersecurity education.

In July, three Oklahoma CareerTech members presented at the National Community College Cyber Summit and the adjoining High Impact Technology Exchange Conference. Clint Webb, ICS/SCADA security instructor at Central Technology Center, spoke about current threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure and how cybersecurity principles can harden these systems. Robert Hamilton, information security specialist at ODCTE, shared his expertise on configuring an intrusion detection system for industrial control systems and instructional resources.

Sheryl Hale served on the original blueprint panel that discussed how far CareerTech and community programs have evolved since 2002. She served on a task force of more than 90 experts in computer network and information security in 2002 to produce the “Role of Community Colleges in Cybersecurity Education” report for NSF. Hale and other CareerTech representatives will be working with the ATE community to write a new blueprint report that outlines recommendations for expanding cybersecurity education nationally.

OSU agricultural education professor uses CIMC book

This year the new professor for the OSU agricultural education teaching methods course, Marshall Baker, has chosen to use CIMC’s Introduction to Agriscience teacher book as his course textbook. Students in the teacher preparation course will use the CIMC book and supplementary resources to learn how to outline lessons and develop activities for their future classrooms. This is exciting for CIMC because students will leave the ag ed teacher prep program already familiar with our curriculum and resource materials. (Jamie Church)

Education and industry panel talks about continuous improvement efforts

At the annual superintendents’ meeting in June, representatives of Jenks Public Schools, MESA and SSM Health Care participated in an education and industry panel to talk about continuous improvement efforts. Each of these entities has received a National Baldrige Award. All of them are in Oklahoma. To view the panel discussion, visit It is a great overview of individuals who have experienced the process of using the Baldrige criteria as a tool for continuous improvement. (Dawn Lindsley)

New Teacher workshops registration now open

CareerTech teachers can attend professional development sessions on a variety of topics, including technology, instructional strategies, classroom management and Moodle. Other topics requested from survey feedback also are available. The training dates are Sept. 24, Nov. 4 and Jan. 21. All three sessions will be at Moore Norman Technology Center’s South Penn Campus in conjunction with New Teacher Academy Follow-Up. To register, visit

For more information, please contact Dawn Frank at, Karen Skidmore at or Jennifer Wehrenberg at .

Agency procedures recognized by state

Recently we were approached by the state pCard program officer requesting permission to benchmark and share our agency’s pCard internal procedures with other agencies. The request included these comments: “By far you have the best internal procedures I have seen,” and “I just think your agency is the perfect role model for other agencies to follow.” We celebrate this recognition but credit Donna Sinnes as card administrator, Melanie Goodner as card auditor and Terri Tomson as card account manager on an outstanding job that gets our agency recognized as the state’s role model.

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
Executive Director of OkACTE job announcement (closes Sept. 5)

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior Leadership

Employee Evaluations

Employee Evaluations

Innovation Team meeting
Ag Officers

Funding committee

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