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Weekly Memo 2014-09-29

Central Tech Industrial and Safety Training Center opens; economic development summit to be held in Oklahoma City; CIMC hard at work with creativity; National Manufacturing Day is Oct. 3; applications being accepted for state director; culinary arts students showcase skills; helpful links; and my schedule for the week.
Weekly Memo 2014-09-29

What's cookin' at Meridian Tech? Oklahoma CareerTech board members heard from students Makena Wininger & Kylie Payne, shown with culinary arts instructor Donna Cantrell, left.

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverb

Central Tech Industrial and Safety Training Center opens

Central Tech has opened a new Industrial and Safety Training Center in Sapulpa. The new center provides customized training such as LEAN manufacturing, International Organization for Standardization, manufacturing software, industrial maintenance, supervisor and leadership training, safety and HVAC. This center broadens the opportunity for specific training that will meet the needs of the local businesses and workforce.

Economic development summit to be held in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Economic Development Council is sponsoring an Economic Development Summit Oct. 9-10 in Oklahoma City at the Skirvin Hotel. This conference is about helping Oklahoma communities innovate and succeed. The program will include presentations on international and domestic trends, workforce, financial tools, implementing a virtual building program, housing, social media, place making and regional economic development. Policymakers will be there, and attendees will have the opportunity to provide input to influence future thinking. The cost is $150 per person. Details are at

CIMC hard at work with creativity

Creativity comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and forms. The key is to identify the seeds of creativity each of us carries inside and nurture those seeds so they can grow and flourish within our education system. CIMC has developed “Career Focus on Creativity” to provide educators with tools and resources that will help foster and assess creativity in the classroom. It is available through Curriculum Customer Service. You can see a sample of the product on the CIMC Creativity Portal at Just log in and select the Creativity icon. Scroll down to find the link to download a sample of “Career Focus on Creativity.” Be sure to take a look around the portal for other information and resources on creativity as well. (Claire Zevnik)

National Manufacturing Day is Oct. 3

According to the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, manufacturers in Oklahoma account for 8.4 percent of the workforce and 11 percent of Oklahoma’s economy. Career and technology education plays a vital role in workforce education for the manufacturing industry. Tech centers and ODCTE will highlight manufacturers throughout October. CareerTech students in 2013 earned more than 7,600 manufacturing related industry certifications. CareerTech also provided workforce training to nearly 300,000 enrollees and an average of 7,000 industries each year for the past five years. CareerTech offers training solutions starting with STEM in middle school and continuing through secondary and postsecondary education.

Applications being accepted for state director

The state director serves as chief executive of Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and, with the authority of the board, provides leadership to the Oklahoma CareerTech System, a nationally recognized system of technology education and training that serves Oklahomans through secondary and adult programs including agriculture; family and consumer sciences; health careers; business and information technology; marketing; technology engineering; trade and industrial education; science, technology, engineering and math education; skills centers at Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Oklahoma Juvenile Authority facilities; and technology centers’ full-time, short-term and business and industry training. Specifically, these programs are related to career development, work and family studies, career readiness, career preparation, academic advancement, customized training, curriculum and assessment. These programs are operated within technology centers, common schools, businesses, Oklahoma Department of Correction sites and Office of Juvenile Affairs sites.

EDUCATION: Applicant must

  • Applicant must hold a master's degree, with a doctorate preferred.
  • Applicant must have significant experience in administration and leadership of relevant educational systems.
  • Applicant must possess a valid Oklahoma superintendent’s certificate with a career and technology center administrator's credential is preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Applicant must have:

  • Significant leadership experience in educational system administration.
  • A deep understanding of systems design and continuous improvement.
  • Proven ability as a CareerTech instructor and/or administrator is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of economic development engines that drive Oklahoma’s economy and the ability to represent the state’s CareerTech System to prospective business and industry.

Location: Stillwater, OK

Resumes will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24, 2014, or until a sufficient applicant pool is established. Send cover letter, including job title, and resume to Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Attn: Marie, 1500 West Seventh Ave., Stillwater, OK 74074; Fax: 405/743-5186; Email: . Full description can be accessed at EEO Employer.

Culinary arts students showcase skills

Meridian Technology Center culinary arts students and staff hosted the annual Blue Ribbon Brunch on Friday. It is an opportunity for students to showcase the skills they're learning in the program and interact with family members and community leaders in a professional setting. Students design the menu, prepare the food and interact with guests. They arrived on campus at 6 a.m. to put the finishing touches on the morning event.

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Monday - Senior staff meeting
Tuesday - Regional Innovation Forum
Wednesday - Annual leave
Thursday - Safety Conference; Committee Meeting; Steven Crawford; NGA
Friday - Governor’s workforce council

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