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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-6-29

OkACTE executive director named; end-of-year review; CareerTech Foundation golf tournament set Aug. 2; CareerTech thanks Express Employment Professionals; CareerTech director to tour skills centers; students and teachers learn to make and create at camp; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-6-29

Marcie Mack with Jennifer Anderson and Bob Funk, Express Employment Professionals

CareerTech thanks Express Employment Professionals

Pictured at last week’s CareerTech superintendents meeting are, from left, State Director Marcie Mack, Express Employment Professionals Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jennifer Anderson and Express Employment Professionals President Bob Funk. The CareerTech System thanks Express Employment Professionals and Funk for their generous support of career and technology education in Oklahoma.

OkACTE executive director named

OKLAHOMA CITY – Former state Rep. Skye McNiel has been selected to lead Oklahoma’s largest association of career and technology education professionals, which has more than 3,400 members.

“We are so pleased to announce Skye McNiel as the next leader of our association,” said Carol Colwell, president of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education and assistant superintendent of Autry Technology Center in Enid. “Skye’s background with CareerTech, her professional accomplishments as a legislator and her workforce advocacy for the business community make her the best candidate for the job.”

McNiel represented District 29 from 2009 to 2014 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where she held leadership roles including majority whip, chairman of appropriations and budget for CareerTech and chairman of the Republican House PAC. She was a member of the leadership team for three speakers of the house. McNiel authored numerous landmark economic development bills, including the Economic Development Bond Pool, the Aerospace Engineers Tax Credit and the Governor’s Closing Fund.

“I have had the privilege of working with Skye through FFA programs and during her tenure as a legislator. Her passion for CareerTech education and her understanding of the many delivery arms of CareerTech will be a tremendous asset in elevating every component of the CareerTech system,” said Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education Director Marcie Mack.

Most recently McNeil served as senior vice president of government affairs for the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

 “CareerTech is the economic development arm of public education. From our comprehensive schools programs to technology centers to our skills centers and business and industry services, CareerTech touches every economic sector of our state,” McNiel said. “The value of the life skills and workforce education that Oklahoma CareerTech provides is among the best in the nation. I am honored to be a part of building its future.”

OkACTE exists to unite the profession of career and technology education, serve the professional needs of its members and help develop a competitive workforce. For more information about OkACTE visit

End-of-year review

CareerTech’s digital impact in FY15:

  1. Launched Aug. 1, 2014

  • Moodle-based
  • Free learning management system
  • 25 Training Packets Available
  • More than 4,600 users
  • More than 1,500 courses
  • And growing

2. set to launch July 1, 2015

  • Initial courses:

–     Personal Financial Literacy
–     Fundamentals of Nursing
–     Surviving and Thriving
–     Tween Life
–     Introduction to Agriscience
–     Ag Safety
–     Introduction to Horticulture
–     Pediatric Nursing
–     Nursing Concepts
–     Intro to Surgical Technology
–     Anatomy & Physiology
–     Agricultural Power & Technology
–     Animal Science

3.  Digital printing update

  • Reduced cost
  • Increased speed
  • Customized curriculum
  • School colors/logos
  • Posters and other marketing pieces
  • Perforations, die cuts, embossing, bindings, foldings and other treatments
  • Contact Danny for details:

CareerTech Foundation golf tournament set Aug. 2

The Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation golf tournament will be held Aug. 2 at LaFortune Park Golf Course, 5501 S. Yale, Tulsa. The four-person scramble will have a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
The tournament is a fundraiser for the foundation, which provides teacher recruitment and retention scholarships.

Cost: $90 per player, includes lunch, green fee, cart and two mulligans.

Handicap: 50 required minimum per team; 25 maximum allowed per player.
Prizes: first place/flight, second place team/flight, hole in one, longest drive; flighted based on team participation; $5 per player split the pot (closest to the pin) contest.
Sponsorships: gold, $1,000, which includes four players; silver, $600, which includes two players; and bronze, $300.
Information and registration:

CareerTech director to tour skills centers

CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack will tour two skills centers this week -- Howard McLeod Skills Center in Lane and Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center in Hodgen.

She will visit with teachers and students in each skills center and walk through the classrooms.

Mack plans to visit the other skills centers also. There are 13 skills centers in the Oklahoma CareerTech System.

Students and teachers learn to make and create at camp

More than 70 Oklahoma students and teachers challenged their creativity recently at Oklahoma’s second STEAMmaker Camp at Meridian Technology Center. ODCTE worked with ESSDACK, an educational service agency with headquarters in Hutchinson, Kan., to conduct the camp, as well as the first camp held in Tulsa earlier this summer.

STEAMmaker combines science, tinkering, engineering, aesthetics and mathematics with the maker movement. Maker education is project-based learning that incorporates solution-based problem-solving and engineering in a movement to encourage students to make or build things.

At the camp, teams of two teachers and five to eight students entering grades six through 10 came up with answers to challenges, built prototypes and tested them.

Read more about STEAMmaker Camp Stillwater 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

Summer conference registration

CSI registration

CareerTech Foundation

CareerTech Hall of Fame

Schedule for the week of 6-22

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership

Teacher certification

Staff evaluations

Skills Centers tours

Standards steering committee

State aid/cash management meeting

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