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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-11-16

CareerTech, Metro Tech co-host law enforcement conference; thank you for joining the #OklaEd Chat; Department exceeds United Way goal; NTHS holds 10th annual State Leadership Conference; 2016 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference set; read about CareerTech Champions; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-11-16

Deneen Hernandez, FBI lead forensic investigator, leads attendees through a forensic investigation of crime scene.

CareerTech, Metro Tech co-host law enforcement conference

Educators from 15 states converged recently in Oklahoma City for the 2015 National Conference of the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Correction and Security. The conference was co-hosted by Metro Technology Centers and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

Conference attendees participated in unique sessions and workshops that provided information on academies and cadet programs, best practices for teaching content and innovative classroom activities in forensics, tactical medicine and extrication. They also toured the UCO Forensic Science Institute and OSBI Crime Lab in Edmond, the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Law Enforcement/Emergency Dispatch program and Metro Tech’s Career Academy.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Murrah Building bombing, conference attendees visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial, where they toured the museum and enjoyed a Oklahoma-style barbecue dinner afterwards.

Thank you for joining the #OklaEd Chat

If you missed the #OklaEd chat moderated by State Director Marcie Mack, you can catch up by searching #OklaEd on Twitter or going to the event archive at

Mack moderated Sunday’s #OklaEd chat about career and technology education in Oklahoma. Many people joined the chat and offered opinions on several questions about CTE. The discussion was great, and people made many good points.

If you participated, thanks for joining us! You can follow Mack at @mrmackh and CareerTech at @okcareertech.

#OklaEd is a network of Oklahoma educators and advocates connecting via Twitter to share ideas, resources and inspiration.

Department exceeds United Way goal

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education completed its participation in the 2015 Stillwater United Way Area Campaign by surpassing its goal.

ODCTE’s goal was $20,000. The department raised $20,020 through several fundraising activities during the two-week campaign period. Employees' generous contributions to the effort support 22 agencies and help more than 77,000 residents in Payne County.

NTHS holds 10th annual State Leadership Conference

Students from across Oklahoma gathered Tuesday for the 10th annual National Technical Honor Society State Leadership Conference.

The conference’s theme was NTHS All Stars.

Students met other members, participated in leadership building activities and promoted academic excellence at the conference on the South Penn Campus of Moore Norman Technology Center. They also heard from dynamic speakers and participated in fun and educational workshops on a variety of topics.

National Technical Honor Society honors excellence in workforce education. The society is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in workforce education. Since 1984, more than 1,500 schools and colleges throughout the United States and its territories have affiliated with NTHS.

A few years later, Oklahoma established a State NTHS Advisory and Coordinating Council to bring Oklahoma CareerTech educators together for the common purpose of honoring students. The CareerTech NTHS chapters agree that the NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence and helps top students find success in today's highly competitive workplace.

2016 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference set

The 2016 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference will be Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Metro Technology Centers Springlake Campus.

This conference, sponsored by Oklahoma State University's Spears School of Business, CareerTech and Metro Tech, will focus on national, state and local economic conditions and policies and prospects for the future.

The event will feature several speakers, including State Treasurer Ken Miller, who will speak on the state's budget and the recurring problem of nonrecurring revenue. (His official title is State of Oklahoma Budget: The Recurring Problem of Nonrecurring Revenue.)

Cost for the event is $75 per person and registration is available at or 1-866-678-3933.

Read about CareerTech Champions

The most recent issue of CareerTech Champions includes stories from Metro Tech, Pioneer Tech, Tulsa Tech, Kiamichi Tech and Meridian Tech.

To read about these students and companies helped by CareerTech, visit

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

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Schedule for the week of 11-16:

OCAST in Durant

NTHS conference

Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Career Pathways

Administrative assistant quarterly meeting

State Board meeting

Oklahoma Quality Foundation luncheon

Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet


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