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Monday Memo 2014-10-06

First new counselor workshop held; Project Lead the Way conference planned; CareerTech safety conference held; SkillsUSA and the forensics and security program; communications and marketing orientation set for Tuesday; OSU presents 2015 Economic Outlook Conference; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Monday Memo 2014-10-06

William Dean Howells wrote a campaign biography of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.  William Dean Howells

First new counselor workshop held

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech and the Oklahoma State Department of Education recently co-sponsored a new high school counselor training session. More than 80 new school counselors attended the workshop offered especially for new hires in comprehensive high schools. The workshop was designed to give participants basic knowledge of resources and information they need to help students, help them develop an understanding of how to implement successful school counseling concepts and teach them about the State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Representatives of all three departments spoke. It is the first time SDE and ODCTE have offered joint training specifically for first-year counselors.

Project Lead the Way conference planned

Each year, the ODCTE STEM Division works with OSU Engineering and OU Health Sciences to host the Project Lead The Way Counselor/Administrator Conference. The conference provides information to schools about the educational experiences offered to Oklahoma students through PLTW STEM programs. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Samis Education Center in Oklahoma City. Registration is open at

The PLTW Leadership Meeting will at 1 p.m. Oct. 29 in Room 260 of the OU Health Sciences David L. Boren Student Union. (Sara Wright)

CareerTech safety conference held

Guests at the annual CareerTech safety conference Oct. 2-3 at Metro Technology Centers included the lieutenant governor, the commissioner of labor, the assistant director of the Oklahoma Department of Labor’s Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Unit and the director of OSHA. CareerTech provides Oklahoma a significant economic impact through its safety training. Last year, the number of safety classes increased by 14.9 percent, with approximately 450,000 contact hours. The training is a definite way to increase a company’s productivity and performance by providing a safe work environment for employers and employees.

SkillsUSA and the forensics and security program

Students in Tulsa Technology Center Peoria Campus forensics and security program work with the Tulsa Health Department and the Alcohol Beverage Liquor Enforcement Commission to help enforce laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors. This is the third year the program has engaged in the partnership, which is part of a SkillsUSA competition called Career Pathways Showcase. Students not only help law enforcement but also educate merchants on the dangers of alcohol sales to minors. (Darren Gibson)

Communications and marketing orientation set for Tuesday

Communications and marketing professionals from tech centers will meet at ODCTE from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Oct. 7 for an orientation meeting. Participants will learn more about the accreditation process and marketing plan development and tour the “Horizon” studio. The orientation meeting is designed to introduce new professionals to the system and the work of the agency as well as help those going through accreditation.

OSU presents 2015 Economic Outlook Conference

The 2015 Oklahoman Economic Outlook Conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at Metro Technology Centers Springlake Campus. The conference, presented by the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business Center for Applied Economic Research, will feature speakers on national and state economic conditions and the prospects for the future focusing on education and the workforce. For more information, visit

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
State director’s job announcement

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior staff meeting
OMES statewide programs
Staff meetings

STEM Summit
Legislative meeting
Communications and marketing meeting
Larry Bullock’s retirement
Staff meetings

Wes Watkins partner school meeting
Policy Academy

Policy Academy

Policy Academy

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