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Weekly Memo 2014-11-10

Oklahoma FCCLA members attend national training; FFA members bring back top honors from national convention; congratulations to WWTC and its community; continuous improvement tool for guidance available; Canadian Valley Tech Center breaks ground on campus rebuild; useful links; and my schedule for the week.
Weekly Memo 2014-11-10

The FFA emblem has been refreshed to highlight the crisp, well-defined American eagle, shield, arrows, owl, plow and other elements.

 How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank

Oklahoma FCCLA members attend national training

More than 15 Oklahoma FCCLA members and advisers attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's Capitol Leadership in Washington, D.C., in October. CareerTech Accreditation Coordinator Dawn Lindsley, a past chairman of the National FCCLA Board of Directors, accompanied the students and advisers from Allen, Broken Bow, Dewar, Drummond, Kingston, Konawa and Valliant.

Capitol Leadership focuses on networking, professionalism, public relations, strategic planning and advocacy. FCCLA members also helped pack 10,000 meals and 2,000 snack bags at the D.C. Central Kitchen for Lead2Feed and Kids Against Hunger and visited the offices of their representatives and senators. Oklahoma's delegation met with staff members from the offices of Sen. Tom Coburn, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Frank Lucas.

FFA members bring back top honors from national convention

Oklahoma FFA members won 10 national championships at the 2014 National FFA Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 1, along with a number of other gold emblems. Oklahoma also had the third highest number of Three Star National Chapters, with 28.

Mike Robison, retired Northwest District program specialist with ODCTE, won the National VIP Award. The VIP Citation recognizes people "who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation," said Dwight Armstrong, National FFA Organization CEO. Robison worked in agricultural education for 38 years. He taught agriculture for 27 years, then was a district program specialist. He was an adviser to the Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association and a member of the National Association of Agricultural Teachers.

Five Oklahomans received the Honorary American FFA Degree, and 173 earned the American FFA Degree. Eight Oklahomans participated in the chorus, three in talent and four in band, and two served on national committees, one as a chairman.
Oklahoma FFA was recognized as a 100 percent membership state and was honored for an increase in membership. With 25,552 members, Oklahoma ranks fifth in total FFA membership and has 18 national delegates.

Congratulations to WWTC and its community

Wes Watkins Technology Center was successful on Nov. 4 in passing its building levy. WWTC's only millage was the original general fund millage passed in 1987 when Wes Watkins Vo-Tech was established. This community investment will provide an opportunity to create and expand programs and services for students.

Continuous improvement tool for guidance available

Technology centers can use the ODCTE guidance self-study to continuously review, improve and strive toward model guidance and counseling programs. The tool lets schools review their activities, stages of implementation and counselor report data and update and write goals for the next year for their guidance and counseling programs. ODCTE Career and Academic Connections staff is available to review the self-studies and give feedback, improvement strategies and support.

The guidance self-study will be in its second full year as a program improvement tool in the 2014-15 school year. It also provides a perspective of statewide guidance activities across the CareerTech system. The first year results revealed the top three guidance activities across Oklahoma are providing sixth- through eighth-grade career exploration outreach, communicating with partner schools about implementing educational plans and creating guidance advisory committees. More information about the guidance self-study and the results of statewide guidance can be found on the Career and Academic Connections website at

Canadian Valley Tech Center breaks ground on campus rebuild

Canadian Valley Technology Center Superintendent Greg Winters talked about "Building the Future and Preserving Our Past" at the tech center's groundbreaking ceremony at its El Reno campus Thursday. Chris Benge, Oklahoma secretary of state, also spoke, along with Assistant Superintendent Bill Bradley and El Reno/Holt Campus Director Gayla Lutts.

Canadian Valley's El Reno campus was destroyed in the May 31, 2013, tornado. The rebuilt and renovated Business and Industry Services facility re-opened in September 2013, but all other programs have been temporarily relocated. The northern building is under construction already and will house nursing, district administrative offices and the PIVOT program. Canadian Valley is able to rebuild with updated technology and safety measures, including five FEMA-approved safe rooms that will fit more than 1,200 people, because voters approved a $12 million bond in April. The north building is scheduled to open in March 2015, and the main building is scheduled to open in May 2016.

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
Cooperative Alliance meeting
Rules meeting


Veterans Day


Agency meetings
Tech center superintendents meeting


CT Board meeting
Economic development meeting


Video conference testing
Agency meetings

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