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Weekly Memo 2014-10-20

Manufacturing courses nationally recognized; respiratory care program receives grant; STEM continues to accelerate in CareerTech; CareerTech board sponsors input sessions; Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event scheduled; useful links; and my schedule for the week.
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth

Manufacturing courses nationally recognized

Southern Oklahoma Technology Center was honored this month as one of six schools in the nation that have developed outstanding learning cultures in their skilled manufacturing courses. SOTC, which offers manufacturing training to adults as well as students from 13 high schools in southern Oklahoma, was awarded the designation of Platinum Education Center by Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center. SOTC integrates Tooling U-SME online courses as a supplement to textbooks and other resources to provide a well-rounded and blended educational experience for students. At SOTC, students enrolled in engineering/manufacturing technology take classes in welding and metal fabrication, mechatronics, computer-aided drafting and design and fabrication.

Respiratory care program receives grant

Autry Technology Center’s respiratory care program has been selected by Hill-Rom for a $15,000 equipment grant for training respiratory therapy students. The grant will provide a MetaNeb System for the program. Hill-Rom, a medical technology manufacturer, is giving 40 MetaNeb System grants to programs across the nation. Autry Technology Center’s respiratory care program is the only one in Oklahoma that was selected. The equipment should arrive at Autry before the end of the year.

“Northwest Oklahoma is hurting for trained health care professionals right now, which is why Autry is so important,” said Deryl Gulliford, respiratory program director. “Whatever the technology is in the industry, we have got to keep up with that here so our students are ready when they step into jobs.”

MetaNeb is a recent advancement in the treatment of lung disease. MetaNeb uses continuous high-frequency oscillation to improve respiratory function and clear secretions from the patient’s lungs. It helps treat patients with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis and other conditions.

STEM continues to accelerate in CareerTech

Oklahoma CareerTech has 20 biomedical science academies in technology centers and comprehensive schools throughout the state. We help approximately 2,000 young women and men focus their high school experiences on bioscience and the occupational areas they can study as they advance to postsecondary education. Check out this video of a student at who participated in Wes Watkins Technology Center’s biomedical class:

CareerTech Board Sponsors Input Sessions

The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education is sponsoring meetings to receive input from Oklahomans regarding the search for a new state director. The first input session is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Conference Room A at Southern Technology Center, Ardmore. Anyone interested in providing information to the board regarding the next CareerTech state director is encouraged to attend.

Two additional meetings are planned. They will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, Room 133, and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Tulsa Technology Center, Broken Arrow Campus, Gene Callahan Room. For more information about the meetings, please contact Glen Hammonds at 405.743.5443

Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event scheduled

The Oklahoma CareerTech System and its partners are planning another hiring event for military members and veterans in the state. The Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event is a state initiative sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education CareerTech for Vets program, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination. The agencies will host the hiring event for U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members and Guard and Reserve members from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Registration, available at, is required to ensure job seekers can be matched with career fields from the various employers.

Pre-event workshops will focus on interview preparation, resume pointers and attire to ensure attendees are prepared for the hiring event. Workshops will be Oct. 28 at the Brookwood South Workforce Center, 9210 S. Western Avenue, Suite A-9, Oklahoma City, and Oct. 30, at the Eastside Workforce Center, 7401 N.E. 23rd Street, Oklahoma City. To register for the Oct. 28 workshop, call (405) 234-5000. To register for the Oct. 30 workshop, call (405) 713-1890.

For more information about the hiring event, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets, (405) 714-6186,, or Robert A. Duwel Jr., local veterans’ employment representative, OESC (405)713-2206, .

Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
State director’s job announcement

Schedule for the week

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

National directors conference

National directors conference

National directors conference

ACT WorkKeys
Northwest Technology Center


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