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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-3-23

CareerTech board members, secretary of education and workforce confirmed; Tulsa Technology Center sponsors manufacturing connection event; CareerTech data system release expected July 1; agency staff members selected as Baldrige examiners; Metro Technology Centers receives grant; Oklahoma Works featured on Oklahoma Horizon; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-3-23

Natalie Shirley, secretary of education and workforce development

The joy is in creating, not maintaining.” – Vince Lombardi

CareerTech board members, secretary of education and workforce confirmed

The Oklahoma Senate confirmed the appointments of David R. Stewart, Afton, and Timothy A. Burg, Shawnee, as members of the State Board of Career and Technology Education on March 16. Stewart will complete the unexpired term of Karl Meyers ending April 1, 2017. Burg will serve a six-year term ending April 1, 2021. The Senate also confirmed Natalie Shirley as the secretary of education and workforce development.

Tulsa Technology Center sponsors manufacturing connection event

Dream It Do It Northeast Oklahoma‘s Manufacturing Connection event at Tulsa Technology Center’s Owasso campus on March 12 brought together manufacturers and community members to network and share information. Tulsa area businesses and city and education entities sponsored the event. The SkillsUSA chapter from Tulsa Tech‘s Peoria campus attended to share what members do in the community and connect with businesses. Tulsa Tech board member and former Tulsa Tech staff member Sharon Whelpley attended with the chapter.

CareerTech data system release expected July 1

The CareerTech data system is quickly moving toward its first release, planned for July 1. It will include a user management module, enrollment module, grant module, people module and a salary and teaching schedule module. These new developments will substantially increase the effectiveness of procedures used by previous systems. The Web-based system uses Microsoft development products and technologies. Users will immediately see functional improvements and better organization of CareerTech’s information. New reporting and business intelligence features will provide data for more effective decision-making. Later releases will include a testing system, a completion and follow-up system, a finance system and a travel system.

Agency staff members selected as Baldrige examiners

Congratulations to CareerTech staff members named to the 2015 Oklahoma and National Baldrige Board of Examiners. The examiners evaluate organizations that are striving to serve as role models for our state and nation through the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Dawn Lindsley and Alice Rushmore are returning national examiners, and Jared Bates is a new national examiner. Bates also returns as an Oklahoma examiner, joined by new Oklahoma examiners Nathan Brubaker and Jeremy Zweiacker.

Metro Technology Centers receives grant

Metro Technology Centers will use a $35,000 award from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Wellness Initiative Grant Program to implement MetroFit Wellness Community OutReach. The initiative will offer group exercise classes and healthy food options for residents in the 73111 ZIP code.

“With the support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Metro Tech will be able to further our reach within the 73111 community to improve the lives of residents and students. We appreciate this grant award and look forward to the many opportunities we can extend with the proceeds,” said Superintendent Elaine Stith.

For more information about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit

Oklahoma Works featured on Oklahoma Horizon

MidAmerica Delivers

MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, Okla., is collaborating with local businesses, schools and industry to create a skilled local workforce.

Gov. Mary Fallin - Oklahoma Works

Oklahoma Works aims to increase Oklahomans’ wealth by helping create good jobs for workers and good workers for business and industry.

David Stewart - MidAmerica “Think Tank” Delivers

Efforts at MidAmerica Industrial Park are bridging the gap between industries and a skilled workforce.

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

Schedule for the week 3-23

This schedule is subject to change without notice:


IRQ team meeting
PIIT Crew meeting
Senior leadership meeting

Cooperative Alliance meeting

OSU-IT meeting
Standards meeting

CareerTech board meeting
Oklahoma Academy
Department of Corrections

OK First Robotics
Statewide marketing
Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Natalie Shirley
State Regents Chancellor Glen Johnson
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister
Secretary of Tourism Deby Snodgrass
Matt Singleton

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