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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-10-26

CareerTech Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals; Canadian Valley students build food pantry storage facility; CareerTech is halfway to United Way goal; Stillwater civic group visits Oklahoma CareerTech; Metro Technology Centers receives leadership excellence award; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-10-26

Canadian Valley Tech construction trades students built a storage facility for Yukon's Manna Pantry.

Canadian Valley students build food pantry storage facility

YUKON — A local charity had a need, and students at Canadian Valley Technology Center met it through the generosity of a Lowe's store.

Yukon's Manna Pantry, a nonprofit that provides nonperishable food items to those in need and is supported by the nondenominational Yukon Ministerial Alliance, needed a storage facility large enough for canned food stock.

Lowe's Yukon store — through its Lowe's Heroes program — provided the materials to build a storage building for Manna Pantry. Materials included lumber, nails, a door and lock hardware, roofing materials and paint.

Canadian Valley Tech construction trades students built the walls at the CV Tech Holt Campus and delivered the preconstructed walls to the work site at 123 S. Sixth, near downtown, and then put it together. The completed storage building measures 8-by-6 feet and is nearly 9 feet tall.

Students also reframed the Manna Pantry sign that was deteriorating from age and weather.

CV Tech construction trades instructor Brian Deason said building projects are a key part of the program curriculum. He said the students wanted to help out by providing the expertise and labor for the food storage facility.

“We're so thrilled to be involved in our communities when we can be,” Deason said. “This project fit perfectly into what my students are learning right now. It's perfect real-world work for them, and we're helping meet a major need.”

From Bill Kramer, public relations coordinator for Canadian Valley Technology Center.

CareerTech Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals

Five individuals were honored Oct. 21 for their exemplary achievement, leadership and service in the field of career and technology education: Phil Berkenbile, Dean Denton, Dale DeWitt, Bea Paul and Greg Pierce.

This special event would not have been possible without the support of the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation board members.

I also want to express a special thank you to the committee who helped make the event a success: William Allen, Kent Boggs, Jessica Bullock, Bruce Campbell, Lisa Eden, Charolette Edwards, Jane Edwards, Jay Evans, Tom Fields, Judie Harris, Karen Hart, Michelle Keylon, Suzi Kucko, Jessica Limestall, Rob McClendon, Austin Moore, Connie Romans, Brian Ruttman, LaMecia Stidham, Dwight Stoddard and Laura Wilson.

Thanks also to Francis Tuttle Technology Center for hosting the Hall of Fame and the students and staff at Francis Tuttle who extended their talents to provide a successful event.


CareerTech is halfway to United Way goal

The agency’s United Way campaign has raised half of its goal of $20,000 with just one week into the campaign.

The campaign was launched with an ice cream sundae and trivia event and silent auction. Activities continue through Nov. 2 when the campaign will culminate with a chili and dessert contest as well as a live auction.

The Stillwater Area United Way campaign benefits 22 agencies in Payne County and serves some 77,000 residents.


Stillwater civic group visits Oklahoma CareerTech

Oklahoma CareerTech Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Paula Bowles spoke last week to members of Altrusa International of Stillwater. She shared information from FY 15 about how many people and businesses Oklahoma CareerTech has reached and discussed the system’s four delivery arms.

Altrusa is an international non-profit organization that strives to make our local communities better through leadership, partnership and service. The organization was founded in 1917 as a service organization for women dedicated to leadership development and community service.

Altrusa International of Stillwater was founded in 1955 and has participated in many community projects, including helping start the Stillwater Literacy Council, sponsoring a clothes closet at Meridian Technology Center, providing books to elementary school students and building free library boxes for area communities.


Metro Technology Centers receives leadership excellence award

Metro Technology Centers received the Leadership in Excellence Award for 2015, the highest award for performance excellence given by the Oklahoma Quality Foundation.

Metro Tech was the first CareerTech technology center in Oklahoma to receive the award in 2010 and now is the only two-time winner. The Leadership in Excellence Award is the highest-level quality award for businesses and organizations in the state given by OQF.

Metro Tech Superintendent Dr. Elaine Stith expressed gratitude for receipt of this prestigious award.

“I appreciate our faculty and staff at Metro Tech because without their continued support and dedication to our MetroQuest journey, this would not have been possible,” she said.

According to OQF, Metro Tech’s sustained commitment to excellence that benefits high school students, adults and employers landed them the honor of being the only two-time award recipient.

“Of the high school students attending Metro Tech, over two-thirds are considered at risk, which makes their mission to prepare students for successful employment and life in a global society all the more important,” according to the OQF announcement. “Metro Tech delivers on that mission with one of the highest completion rates in the Oklahoma CareerTech system, and innovative solutions to address the basic socio-economic needs of their student population that might otherwise hinder learning. The MetroQuest improvement culture is supported by a dedicated workforce of more than 300 strong, whose engagement in the purpose and mission of the organization ranks in the top 2 percent of benchmark comparisons.”

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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.

State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Lifelong Learning Foundations newsletters

Share your best practices under announcements on


Schedule for the week of 10-26:

Mabel Bassett visit

Oklahoma Academy Town Hall


Community Corrections visit

State Chamber

Oklahoma Works meeting

Leadership Oklahoma


Mistakes should be examined, learned from, and discarded; not dwelled upon and stored.” - Tim Fargo
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