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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-6-1

CareerTech state staff meet June 1; students, teachers learn to make and create at camp; OKNTHS sets fall conference date; Metro Tech students head to international workshop; summer scholarship applications open; SREB awards announced; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-6-1

Oklahoma Thunder's Pete Winemiller spoke at June 1 State Staff Meeting.

Unity is strength … when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek

CareerTech state staff meet June 1

Thank you to Pete Winemiller, senior vice president, guest relations, Oklahoma City Thunder, for speaking at the agency staff meeting.

In 2008, Winemiller and his staff led the implementation of a results-producing customer service program leading into the Thunder’s inaugural season during what former NBA Commissioner David Stern called “the most compressed beginning ever in professional sports.”

ESPN The Magazine recognized the Thunder customer service team in its Ultimate Standings as the No. 1 professional sports franchise in North America. Sports Business Journal’s Sports Business Awards named it the Sports Team of the Year.

Winemiller was selected in 2013 as Chief Customer Officer of the Year by the Chief Customer Officer Council. A graduate of Washington State University, he is an alumnus of the Disney Institute in Orlando, Fla., and the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center in Chevy Chase, Md. He received his professional certification in Customer Experience Management in 2010.

Thank you also to our CareerTech student organizations for kicking our meeting off with outstanding opening ceremonies.

Students, teachers learn to make and create at camp

More than 60 Oklahoma students and teachers challenged their creativity recently at Oklahoma’s first STEAMmaker Camp at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus.

Teams of two teachers and five to eight students came up with answers to challenges, built prototypes and tested them.

Find out more about the camp here.

OKNTHS sets fall conference date

National Technical Honor Society will hold its state conference Nov. 17 on Moore Norman Tech’s South Penn Campus. The conference is open to all active Oklahoma NTHS chapters. Find out more at

Metro Tech students head to international workshop

An Oklahoma ArtScience Prize team including Metro Technology Centers students was selected to represent Oklahoma for an international workshop to be held at Le Laboratoire in Cambridge, Mass. Team BioBlue won the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize 2015 at the finals May 19 with a design for a specialized chair resembling the structure and functionality of a fish fin that will help individuals with injuries or disabilities to not only sit, but also stand with ease.

The five-member team — Arynn Howell, home school; Kenny Bradley, Metro Career Academy culinary student; Amy Armenta and Daisy Mezano-Fuentes, Southeast High School and Metro Technology Centers cosmetology and CADD students; and Alex Brown, Star Spencer High School and Metro Technology Centers STEM student — will attend the week-long innovation lab in July to develop their project with ArtScience Prize founder and Harvard professor David Edwards, Harvard and MIT students and other prize-winning ArtScience teams from around the world.

The Oklahoma ArtScience Prize is a program of Creative Oklahoma in collaboration with Metro Technology Centers and Inclusion in Art. The program is sponsored by the Anschutz Foundation. For more information about Creative Oklahoma, visit

Article provided by Metro Technology Centers

Summer scholarship applications open

The application for summer scholarships is now open for teachers and health instructors meeting the below criteria.

Full-time CareerTech teachers must be earning a teacher certification or degree (an alternatively certified teacher taking required hours or a provisionally certified teacher working on a bachelor’s degree); completing an industry certification required or preferred by ODCTE; or completing hours for ODCTE certification. Full-time health teachers must be working on master’s degrees in nursing.

Scholarships are also available to Skills Centers teachers working on teaching credentials and junior or senior college students seeking bachelor’s degrees in CareerTech education who are taking 3000-4000 level courses and have plans of study on file.

Apply at

ODCTE intends to open the coming fall and spring semester scholarships to those seeking administrator credentials as well.

SREB awards announced

The 29th annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga., will honor multiple Oklahoma schools at its awards ceremony July 15.

Central Tech will receive the Technology Centers That Work Workplace Transition Award for helping students earn credentials and declare career majors.

Caddo Kiowa Tech is one of 10 schools in the network representing schools others should emulate.

Mike Eubanks, Mid-America Tech, will receive SREB’s Outstanding School Leader Award for his work placing students in career pathways and strengthening counseling for careers program and for his overall school leadership.

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 6-1:

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership

State staff meeting

First Robotics

Oklahoma Works

Accreditation guidelines

STEM Summit planning

WIOA planning regional meeting

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