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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-4-20

CareerTech fills skills gap; OkCTEEC honors Oklahomans; educator training available; Tulsa Tech announces aerospace academy; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-4-20

Technovation4Education is coming up at Meridian Tech in June.

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -- John Quincy Adams

CareerTech fills skills gap

Oklahoma CareerTech is using social media to showcase how it is focusing efforts on teaching students the skills they need to obtain jobs and fill the skills gap outlined in a recent report commissioned by the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative.

“Oklahoma Horizon” videos on our website feature ways CareerTech is training individuals and helping companies in critical areas identified by the Department of Commerce and the governor’s American Works initiative: manufacturing, aerospace, energy, IT, health and STEM. CareerTech’s goal is to increase degree and/or certification completion and to create a seamless pipeline to successful careers.

“Technology centers, programs in comprehensive schools and skills centers are answering the call,” said Marcie Mack, state director. “An investment in the Oklahoma CareerTech System will help ensure that Oklahoma companies will have the workers they need and will allow future generations to prosper.”

Each week, CareerTech will highlight a video on our website,, and on Twitter (@okcareertech) and Facebook (OKCareerTech).

OkCTEEC honors Oklahomans

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council honored 19 Oklahomans and three Oklahoma businesses and community organizations at the 21st annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on April 15.

Making It Work Day recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony also recognized nontraditional students. To see more about the individuals who received awards this year visit Making It Work Day 2015.

Making It Work Day gives state legislators and CareerTech partner agencies “the opportunity to recognize business and industry partners, community-based organizations and educators for their support of this special population,” Lou Hargrave said. “It also allows successful students to be honored for their extraordinary efforts.”

Educator training available

Technovation4Education at Meridian Technology Center will provide educators training on technology to engage students, increase efficiency and more.

Technology can be overwhelming yet can provide a rich learning experience for students and save time for others. Planned for June 16-18, Technovation4Education is a three-day, hands-on training event that offers more than 50 topics to develop technology skills for use in education. Teachers, office staff, superintendents, counselors, library media specialists and others who work with students directly or indirectly can benefit from this event. In addition, participants will have ample opportunities for networking with their peers. Full details and registration can be found at

Tulsa Tech announces aerospace academy

Tulsa Technology Center will open the Tulsa Tech Aerospace Academy for area high school students this fall at the Riverside Campus, the tech center announced last week. The program, which will be available to area juniors and seniors, was created to support the workforce needs of the aerospace and technology job sectors. The first class will have 40 students and will last one or two school years. Program offerings include private pilot ground school, aviation maintenance generals, Cisco network technician, computer network technology, cybersecurity and network systems administration. Plans also call for aerospace industry leaders to arrange internship opportunities to give students experience in the field that will help students transition into the workplace. The Aerospace Academy is a pilot project that uniquely supports business and industry demands for training and educational platforms that support science, technology, engineering and math.

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

Schedule for the week 4-20

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Morning chat
Senior leadership meeting

GE community meeting
BIS directors meeting
Superintendents meeting

Superintendents meeting
Legislative meeting

Lottery meeting
Managers meeting
CTAC meeting

Governor’s Workforce Council

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