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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-11-30

Congratulations to Maj. Gen. Baxter; state agency evaluating budget; guide to career success after military service available; CareerTech safety training makes an impact; Oklahoma FFA launches new website; Oklahoma attends ACTE conference; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-11-30

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Leo J. “Lee” Baxter was awarded the Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Service Award for 2015.

Congratulations to Maj. Gen. Baxter

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Leo J. “Lee” Baxter, long-time CareerTech board member, was awarded the Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Service Award for 2015. Baxter’s 31 years of service in the U.S. Army, his leadership as commanding general of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center and School at Fort Sill and his tireless work on behalf of soldiers and their families as well as the Lawton-Fort Sill community contributed to his recognition through this prestigious award. Pictured are, from left, retired U.S. Army Col. Jerry Shiles, president of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame; retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Douglas O. Dollar; and Baxter.

State agency evaluating budget

For the past 18 months, the state agency has been working diligently to evaluate all aspects of our budget. Through continued work with our committed staff, we have been able to reduce our administrative costs to less than 3 percent of our annual budget with limited impact to our customers and stakeholders.

During this period, we have strategically analyzed and reviewed all unfilled positions, streamlined functions, implemented technological efficiencies and realigned our internal resources to best serve our customers.

We are continuing to evaluate all aspects of our budget as we move into another challenging budget year. The determination and commitment of staff members continues to serve Oklahoma students and clients to achieve our goals and support our mission.

Guide to career success after military service available

“Career Focus: Your Guide to Career Success After Military Service” has been updated and is available as a resource for veterans who are leaving the military and transitioning to a civilian career.

This guide walks veterans through five steps in making this transition: self-assessment, exploring career interests and options, filling a skills gap, finding and applying for a job and managing the career transition.

This valuable tool can be purchased through CIMC Customer Service at 1-800-654-4502 or downloaded free at

CareerTech safety training makes an impact

Canadian Valley Technology Center recently received a commitment for donation of holding tanks for a new training facility. Below is a letter from the plant manager of PermianLide in El Reno detailing the donation and explaining the reasons behind it:

PermianLide has worked with Canadian Valley Technology Center for over the last 10 years. During this time, we have relied on Canadian Valley Tech Center to conduct almost all of our safety training. The first area I would point out is their training costs. Canadian Valley Tech Center is approximately $105/hr cheaper than standard safety training companies in our area. This reduction in cost has saved PermianLide approximately $21,240 over the last 5 years in training costs alone. Before we partnered with Canadian Valley Technology Center, our company had a high volume of on the job accidents. This high volume of accidents cost us large amounts of money in lost wages, medical bills, and employee turnover. After we began working with Canadian Valley Tech Center, our accidents dropped dramatically (almost to zero). This reduction has saved us approximately $150,000 in lost wages, medical bills, and workman’s comp fees over the last few years.

Recently, Canadian Valley Tech Center created a “Safety Training Tracker” worksheet for my Safety Training Coordinator to track the trainings we conduct for our employees and also let us know what trainings are needed in the future. We value our relationship with Canadian Valley Tech Center. Due to this, PermianLide has recently committed to donate holding tanks to their new Oil & Gas Hands-On Training Facility that is under construction. Thank you for your time.

Tad Hamil
Plant Manager
El Reno, OK

Oklahoma FFA launches new website

Oklahoma FFA has redesigned its website,, adding new features.

The navigation of the site is still user-friendly, but the site now includes photos, upcoming events calendar synchronization and social media icons.

In 2016, online registration will be available for multiple events.

The website, a work in progress, according to Oklahoma FFA leaders, offers many opportunities to better provide agriculture educators and members with timely information.

Oklahoma attends ACTE conference

Oklahoma was well represented by OkACTE staff, agency staff and field representatives at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2015 Conference Nov. 19-22 in New Orleans. The annual conference provides great opportunities for professional development, networking and forging connections with industry partners.

The CIMC and Assessment booth was a popular spot in the exhibit hall, with visitors particularly interested in ODCTE assessments and the demonstrations of ctYOUniverse digital curriculum products.

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 11-30:

Senior Leadership

Enid Rotary

Oklahoma Works Core Team meeting


Oklahoma Works Partners meeting

Majority group meeting

Quarterly local educators meeting

Stillwater Chamber luncheon

MidAmerica Industrial Park

SREB webinar

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