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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-12-14

Autry students help Our Daily Bread; SMC Technologies receives OSHA SHARP certification; thank you; CareerTech has a part in “Oklahoma Horizon”; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-12-14

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston presents SMC Technologies Vice President Steve Bowersox the Oklahoma Department of Labor’s Safety Pays flag.

SMC Technologies receives OSHA SHARP certification

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston presented SMC Technologies Vice President Steve Bowersox with the Oklahoma Department of Labor’s Safety Pays flag. SMC Technologies is a client of Mid-Del Technology Center.

The Oklahoma Department of Labor presented SMC Technologies with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program certification in a Dec. 4 ceremony at the company's headquarters in Midwest City.

“The Department of Labor is pleased to recognize SMC Technologies' achievement in earning their 11th certification,” Houston said.

SMC Technologies is a family owned and operated chemical company in Midwest City. It has been in business since 1944 and specializes in cooling tower and boiler treatment, waste water treatment, oil field production chemicals, specialty cleaners for all applications, metal cleaning and automatic feed systems.

Bowersox said development of an effective safety and health program in the business was the result of the consulting and training provided by Mid-Del Technology Center for the past 12 years.

“Without their low-cost training and guidance through the years this certification would not have been possible. The services provided by Mid-Del Technology Center have saved SMC several thousands of dollars in reduced Workers' Compensation fees, lost time and medical expense,” he said.

SHARP was designed by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration to encourage and recognize excellence in occupational safety and health. SHARP certification exempts a small business from OHSA's programmed inspections for up to three years.

SMC Technologies is one of only 15 companies in Oklahoma that holds the SHARP certification.

Autry students help Our Daily Bread

Students and faculty at Autry Technology Center will feed many hungry people this holiday season. They have collected 105,142.59 ounces of nonperishable food items and $2,651.65 in monetary donations that will go to Our Daily Bread in Enid. This year’s collection exceeded last year’s total by 31,764.24 ounces. Autry students in the automotive and dental assistant programs delivered the collected food items to Our Daily Bread food pantry in Enid. Pictured are, clockwise from bottom left, Jacob Vasquez, Parker Sims, Director of Student Activities Janet Strate, Krystian Chadwick, Ethan Blodgett, Zachary Pitts, Andrea Rivas, Brianna Crosswhite and Sarahi Mata.

Thank you

I want to give a special thank you to Employees Association for hosting a wonderful luncheon with special entertainment by the Richmond Rocketeers, the fourth- and fifth-grade choir from Richmond Elementary. The EA also organized a great evening gathering for children to meet with Santa. Thank you to all who made this possible!

CareerTech has a part in “Oklahoma Horizon”

“Oklahoma Horizon” is a weekly television show that showcases contributions made by individuals, companies and other organizations across the state to benefit Oklahoma's economic development and quality of life.

The 30-minute weekly production is a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “Oklahoma Horizon” is broadcast on a network of stations reaching 150 million homes.

Each episode debuts at 3 p.m. Sunday on OETA. “Oklahoma Horizon” also airs on local cable stations, nationally on RFD-TV and in Europe on the Global Broadcasting Network.

For more information, 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 12-14:

All staff meeting

EA luncheon

NGA policy meeting

NASDCTE conference call

Accreditation hearing



Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s learning to dance in the rain!”
– Vivian Greene
Connie Romans
Connie Romans says:
Dec 18, 2015 10:50 AM

Happy holidays!

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