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Weekly Memo 2014-12-08

Thirty-one attend Business and Industry Services Certification Program; Carl Albert FFA students create sculpture for ODAFF; CareerTech Champions issue published; useful links and my schedule for the week of 12-8.
Weekly Memo 2014-12-08

Carl Albert FFA students create sculpture for ODAFF.

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa

31 attend Business and Industry Services Certification Program

Thirty-one people learned more about CareerTech and business and industry during two sessions of the Business and Industry Services Certification Program. Participants came from 13 technology centers, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Seven topics were presented at the Sept. 16-17 session at Northeast Technology Center:

  • History of Career and Technology Education in Oklahoma, Brady McCullough
  • Customized Training and Educational Partnerships Vision and programs, Gina Hubbard/Ken Yowell
  • Purpose and Structure of CBITS/PACE, Kevin Arnold
  • Northeast Technology Center Vision and Plans for Future, Fred Probis
  • BIS Best Practices and Results, Terry Walters
  • Strengths-Based Leadership, Rebecca Eastham and Mark Wilson
  • Amatrol Digital Learning, Ken Yowell

Northeast Tech Center staff members hosted four breakout sessions:

  • Industrial Coordinator Role, Jerad Girten
  • Adult Coordinator Role, Mike Reece, Mike Seifried and Try Steidley
  • Client-Based Coordinator Role , Joy Justice, Del McClung and Glenn Hamill
  • Safety Coordinator Role, Daniel Shaw

During the second session Nov.18-19 at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, topics included The Technology Center’s Current Vision, GCTC Superintendent Marty Lewis; BIS Reporting Standards, Oklahoma’s Strategies for Business Recruitment, Scott Smith; and Growing a Local Economic Development Effort, Tim Burg, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation. Bob Perry, BIS director at Gordon Cooper, also talked about the technology center’s role in Oklahoma’s strategies in business recruitment and local expansion. The group toured Lexington Skills Center and listened to a panel talk about the benefits of the CareerTech programs offered there.

Carl Albert FFA students create sculpture for ODAFF

Carl Albert FFA students Sean Bennett, Katie Symes, Jacob Hire, Brooklyn Maddux and Jacob Barker and adviser Grant Little placed wire sculptures of a farmer and his crops on the lawn at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The students collaborated on the design and submitted their proposal to ODAFF. Working with heavy gauge wire and rebar, students in the ag mechanics class welded the wire into a framework for each piece of the finished display. After the welding was done, members of the horticulture and agriscience program made final adjustments and wrapped dozens of light strings around the framework to make sure the sculptures will create an eye-catching visual exhibit at night.

The planning and skill the students put into creating original decorations with an agriculture theme demonstrate the dedication they bring to their FFA training, whether they are raising animals for show or learning teamwork and leadership skills. The chapter’s application emphasized that the students want to display their agricultural involvement to a nonagricultural community and make legislators aware of their achievements in FFA.

The sculptures crafted by the Carl Albert FFA chapter will be joined by wire sculptures from previous years that were designed and built by the Stillwater and Morrison FFA chapters. The seasonal decor will be displayed throughout December to remind the public that agriculture is an essential part of Oklahoma’s economy in every season.

CareerTech Champions issue published

The 29th edition of CareerTech Champions has just been published . Check out the success stories of CareerTech students:

Useful links

  • Oklahoma Horizon Schedule
  • For daily news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech, and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech.
  • Read the OkACTE blog at

Schedule for the week of 12-8

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior staff meeting
Teacher Certification

Agency meetings

Central Tech Legislative Luncheon

Legislative Forum (Moore Norman Tech)
Budget Hearing with OMES

Teacher Institute

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