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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-12-07

Fourteen graduate from 2014-15 CareerTech Teacher Institute; tech centers listed in The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces of 2015; battery recycler sends letter of thanks to EOC Tech; WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificates show employees have the skills they need; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-12-07

CareerTech Teacher Institute graduates

14 graduate from 2014-15 CareerTech Teacher Institute

Congratulations to the 14 teachers graduating from the CareerTech Teacher Institute. These teachers have attended training for 18 months and had the opportunity to earn college credit.

The Teacher Institute provides a unique opportunity to beginning career and technology teachers who do not hold degrees in teacher education. Participants were professionally and personally challenged as they progressed through this program. The program is rigorous, but has provided the beginning teachers with critical classroom strategies and foundational skills proven to be effective in today’s CareerTech classroom.

Thank you to the teachers, administrators, mentors and instructional coaches for continuous effort and support.

As someone once said, it is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.


Tech centers listed in The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces of 2015

Three Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers were included in The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces of 2015.

The midsize category for companies of 125 to 349 employees included Meridian Technology Center, 7; Central Technology Center, 8; and Canadian Valley Technology Center, 10.

This year is the third time Canadian Valley Tech has made the list. “I get the chance to impact people’s lives every day and help grow my community,” one Canadian Valley Tech employee said.

Central Tech also received a special award for training provided to employees.

The Oklahoman sought nominations for workplaces in the summer. The newspaper partnered with WorkplaceDynamics, a Philadelphia-based research company, that compiled the list using surveys returned by employees.

The survey measured how employees feel about their work, their managers, their pay and benefits, their company’s direction and its execution and the connection they feel at work.


Battery recycler sends letter of thanks to EOC Tech

Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center’s Business and Industry Services received a letter of thanks in November from a battery recycling business in Jones.

Madewell and Madewell Inc. President Carmalieta Wells wrote that working with EOC Tech has saved the company “thousands of dollars in consultant fees, insurance costs and possible fines.”

EOC Tech’s Business and Industry Services division has provided Madewell and Madewell training on OSHA-related topics, with a Spanish interpreter; Spanish and English handouts and safety videos for employees; continuing education opportunities for employees; business seminars and meetings; assistance with hiring employees; compliance support; and forklift training with a course layout at the company.

EOC Tech also compiled information for Madewell and Madewell’s safety training manual and assembled the documents and helped update the training manual as well, in addition to providing information about projects that would help the company, Wells wrote.

“When I first learned of this service, I thought it would be just a onetime effort and it would soon go away or be just a cursory attempt at best,” she wrote. “This thought could not be further from the truth.”


WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificates show employees have the skills they need

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, which is available through Oklahoma CareerTech, is an industry-recognized, portable, research-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success.

This credential is used across all sectors of the economy and documents the following cognitive skills:

  • Problem-solving.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Reading and using work-related text.
  • Applying information from workplace documents to solve problems.
  • Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems.
  • Setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations.
  • Locating, synthesizing and applying information that is presented graphically.
  • Comparing, summarizing and analyzing information presented in multiple related graphics.

Individuals can earn the ACT NCRC by taking three WorkKeys assessments: applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information.

WorkKeys assessments measure real-world skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.

Certification helps employees and jobseekers compete in the job market and helps them get and keep jobs. It helps them upgrade their skills and build their confidence because they know their skills meet employers’ needs. CRCs also promotes career advancement by qualifying employees for promotions within their companies.

In addition, CRCs can be listed as achievements on scholarship applications.


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 12-07:

Conference call

Senior Leadership

PR committee

BIS funding

OSU Economic Forecast

Oklahoma Works Core meeting

Budget hearing

CareerTech board meeting – canceled



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