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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-5-18

CareerTech FY16 budget outlined; CareerTech education helps students move ahead; NRS leadership event; Lindsley receives national recognition; STEAMmaker camp off and running; CareerTech student organization leaders meet; Canadian Valley starts early to fill the skills gap; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-5-18

Meridian Technology Center Superintendent Doug Major at the NRS Leadership Conference

CareerTech FY16 budget outlined

The appropriated state budget agreement for FY16 has been released. In the agreement, CareerTech receives a 3.5 percent cut in state appropriations ($4,855,478) and a $2 million cut from CareerTech revolving funds. The agreement can be found at and  The CareerTech FY16 budget will be presented to the State Board of CareerTech at the June board meeting.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle

CareerTech education helps students move ahead

Oklahoma CareerTech technology center education can help students move ahead quickly in college classes.

“My professor ... said I was probably one of the best students he had coming in, more than even his graduate students, on how to use lab equipment and different techniques to go with it,” said Ricky Shriner, former Central Technology Center student.

See more about Shriner’s time at Central Tech and his plans to strike back against cancer at

NRS leadership event

ODCTE and Meridian Technology Center played host to the New and Related Services Division’s leadership conference May 6. The annual conference began with an overview of leadership opportunities available to members through our professional organizations, ACTE and OkACTE, presented by Doug Major, Meridian superintendent. Rebecca Eastham, director of business and industry services at Meridian, then presented “Leadership Lessons from the Yellow Brick Road,” which provided attendees with ways to link up, lean in and lead on and even included flying monkeys. After lunch at Meridian, participants toured Eskimo Joes’ Promotional Products and its printing facility. They wrapped up the day at ODCTE with a session on legislative advocacy and a wrap-up with door prizes handed out by State Director Marcie Mack. 

Lindsley receives national recognition

Dawn Lindsley will receive the national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 2015 National Alumni Achievement Award during the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in July. Congratulations, Dawn!

STEAMmaker camp off and running

STEAMmaker camp kicked off Tuesday at Tulsa Tech. Check out the pictures on Twitter: @okcareertech.

CareerTech student organization leaders meet  

State officers from the CareerTech’s seven CTSO groups will meet May 28-30 to plan for the coming school year. In the process, the officers will learn about each organization and share the great benefits of the CareerTech System and the invaluable experience CareerTech student organizations bring to an individual’s educational experience.

The state officers leave better prepared to lead their organizations, which comprise hundreds of local chapters at schools and technology centers across the state. Last year, more than 84,000 students from sixth grade through adult were members of the co-curricular CTSOs.

The organizations and affiliated career areas are Business Professionals of America and business and information technology education; DECA and marketing education; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and family and consumer sciences education; FFA and agricultural education; HOSA and health careers education; SkillsUSA and trade and industrial education; and Technology Student Association and technology engineering.

Canadian Valley starts early to fill the skills gap

Oklahoma CareerTech is working hard to give students the training they need to fill the skills gap, but with a program called ULearn Academy, the system is starting earlier than ever. The hands-on program at Canadian Valley Technology Center allows students to take the reins in their own education.

“It’s all hands-on. I mean, there’s no worksheets, there’s no grading. It’s all about the sky is the limit,” said Jodey Maxey, sixth-grade teacher and Canadian Valley ULearn coach.

Students design and build, with projects that range from farm equipment to computer coding to creating a lunch tray for a disabled child.

See more about ULearn Academy at Canadian Valley 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

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Lifelong Learning Foundations newsletters

Schedule for the week 5-18

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership

Staff meetings

Standards committee

Employee’s association picnic

FFA officers meeting

State director’s conference call

CT Board meeting

OMES meeting

SDE meeting

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