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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-3-9

TSA members learn about the power of engineering; comment period open for CareerTech rules; National Partnership for Careers Conference; CareerTech Hall of Fame nominations open; lottery applications due March 13; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-3-9

Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for his theory of relativity.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

TSA members learn about the power of engineering

CareerTech’s Technology Student Association, composed of middle school and high school students, will participate this week in Test of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics and Science. TEAMS is designed to help students discover their potential for engineering. The topics this year explore the relationship between energy and engineering, with scenarios including biofuel, electric, nuclear and solar energy. The students will also tackle challenges requiring critical job-readiness skills such as collaboration, analytical thinking and multidimensional problem-solving.

Comment period open for CareerTech rules

The proposed administrative rule amendments are posted on the CareerTech website. The administrative rules are updated each year as needed and presented to the board for its approval. If you have comments on the proposed rules, please send them to Glen Hammonds by March 20. The hearing on the rules will be at the March 26 board meeting no earlier than 9:30 a.m. (the meeting will start at 9 a.m.) Amendments are in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 10: Clarify scope of the pilot accreditation amendment approved March 201
  • Chapter 15: Combination of Business and Marketing division and updates to STEM division
  • Chapter 20: Update annexation language to be in alignment with attorney general’s opinion

You can see the proposed amendments at

National Partnership for Careers Conference

Oklahoma City will be the site of the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Security and Corrections annual conference Oct. 26-29. Metro Tech will host the event, which provides an opportunity for instructors, government agencies, associations and industry partners in the law cluster areas (criminal justice, law enforcement, security, EMS, fire, corrections, etc.) to network and share best practices, innovative tips and techniques. Preconference workshops are scheduled to certify instructors in emergency dispatch and protection officer programs, train EMT instructors on new NREMT ALS evaluation procedures and more. We are in the beginning stages of establishing sponsors and partnerships to encourage participation in both the conference and preconference activities and have had very positive feedback from CLEET, OSDH-EMS and OU Health Sciences Center for Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine on opportunities to collaborate. More information will follow. -Jennifer Cartwright

CareerTech Hall of Fame nominations open

The Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame recognizes Oklahomans who have played vital roles in making the Oklahoma CareerTech System what it is today. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation and recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements that have brought honor and distinction to the foundation and to CareerTech education in Oklahoma. The Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the CareerTech System.

To nominate an individual for the CareerTech Hall of Fame, complete the information by April 1.

Lottery applications due March 13

Lottery applications are due March 13 for consideration for 2015-16 school year. Ten percent of CareerTech’s annual lottery dollars is awarded as scholarships to CareerTech teachers and educators for continuing education, certifications and credentials. Last year, CareerTech awarded 419 scholarships. Ninety percent of CareerTech’s annual lottery dollars is awarded to technology center programs and CareerTech programs in comprehensive schools. Awards are based on one-time grant proposals that address upgraded instructional and training technology:

  • Innovative cutting-edge hardware and software.
  • Curriculum materials.
  • Machinery and equipment for new technologies.
  • Instructor training.

Last year, CareerTech awarded 75 grants to comprehensive schools and 14 grants to technology centers.


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 at a Glance

    Schedule for the Week 3-9

    This schedule is subject to change without notice:

    Senior leadership
    Senate confirmation hearing
    Teacher certification
    Conference call
    Action plan meetings

    DECA Day at the Capitol
    Oklahoma Academy of State Goals meeting
    Counselor conference
    Standards committee meeting
    Superintendents meeting

    Superintendents meeting
    Legislative meetings
    Mid-Del Technology Center
    Dr. Gene Bottoms meeting

    Media meeting
    Assessment discussion
    Teacher certification meeting

    Department of Commerce

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