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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-3-30

Digital projects open house set for March 31; CareerTech academy courses approved for academic credit; hiring event planned in McAlester opened to the public; CareerTech participates in training gap analysis at Tinker AFB; school board continuing education planned for April; Tri County Tech superintendent talks about tech centers and the workforce; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-3-30

Tri County Superintendent Lindel Fields

Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain.” -- Unknown

Digital projects open house set for March 31

The agency is excited to showcase progress on several important digital initiatives. Highlights will include demonstrations of our digital content delivery systems, the new OK Career Guide system, the new digital press and customized printing capabilities and the online assessment system and new study guides. Please join us for this come-and-go event from 9 a.m. to noon at the ODCTE Printing Plant, 1201 N. Western.

CareerTech academy courses approved for academic credit

On March 26, the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s state board voted to let selected CareerTech courses in the pre-engineering, biomedical and biotechnology academies count for academic credit. Students taking these courses at technology centers and at select high schools can now receive math, science or computer technology credit for their work instead of counting the courses as electives. (Math or science credit will depend upon the certification of the teacher.)

Several ODCTE and SDE staff members have worked diligently on the year-long process to make sure all information was compiled and documented. Special appreciation goes to Tommi Leach, ODCTE academic coordinator, and Melissa White, SDE executive director of ACE/counseling, for their leadership in this process.

A document outlining steps technology centers need to take to count the courses at their partner schools can be found in a PDF document at

Hiring event planned in McAlester opened to the public

The unemployment rate in southeastern Oklahoma has led Oklahoma CareerTech and its partners to open an Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event to the general public. The hiring event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 2 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 1 C Tree Road, McAlester. It will be open to the general public from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Oklahoma Military Connection would like to open the event to all job-seekers in southeast Oklahoma to help make it a success We believe it is important to get as many job-seekers as possible in front of employers,” said David Crow with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Participating employers will have jobs they are ready to fill and will be prepared to interview eligible applicants, said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets coordinator. Job-seekers must register at

The Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event is a state initiative sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education CareerTech for Vets program, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination. For more information about the hiring event, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets, 405-714-6186, ; Ryan Davis, local veterans’ employment representative, OESC, 918-682-3364, Ext. 233, ; or Lisa Mussett, local veterans’ employment representative, OESC, 580-286-6667, . For more information about CareerTech, visit

CareerTech participates in training gap analysis at Tinker AFB

Eddie Compton, CareerTech aerospace and defense industry liaison, worked with Tinker AFB to organize a three-day training gap analysis in support of careers in heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul. For the March 10-12 visits, officials at Tinker provided an itinerary that allowed Metro Tech aviation instructors and CIMC staff to meet with supervisors from a range of skill series in each squadron. The skill series included specific weapons systems, sheet metal, fuels, commodities and engines and engine testing. The supervisors identified where CareerTech could address emerging training needs essential in preparing new hires for MRO careers. In addition to these valuable insights, the CareerTech representatives came away from their visits with a great appreciation for the MRO mission.

School board continuing education planned for April

Continuing education programs on campaign finance and personal financial disclosure for school board members, superintendents and clerks are being offered at the following times and locations:

Oklahoma City
April 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Metro Technology Centers Auditorium
1900 Springlake Drive

April 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Tulsa Tech Center Riverside Campus
801 E. 91st Street

The programs will be designed for independent school districts and technology center districts.

Tri County Tech superintendent talks about tech centers and the workforce

Tri County Technology Center Superintendent Lindel Fields appeared on the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce’s Business Roundtable to talk about how tech centers’ role in Oklahoma’s workforce needs. You can watch it at

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
First Robotics results

Schedule for the week 3-30

This schedule is subject to change without notice:
Morning chat
Senior leadership meeting

Digital open house
Teacher certification
OSU current issues class

Legislative meetings
Bill Carter
Campus safety and security task force

Employee Association
Larry Mocha
FCCLA conference

EPSCoR meeting

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