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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-6-8

CareerTech Hall of Fame inductees announced; Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference and CSI Workshop 2015 mobile app released; Disaster Response and Emergency Training Simulator goes to work; 25 graduate from CareerTech administrator program; Oklahoma CareerTech featured on California CTE site; Metro Tech Foundation holds sixth annual banquet; Filling a medical skills gap; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-6-8

Bill Daggett, keynote speaker for CSI Workshop

If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters -- 204 if you’re in Japan.” – Claire Cook

CareerTech Hall of Fame inductees announced

The CareerTech Hall of Fame recognizes Oklahomans who have played a vital role in making the Oklahoma CareerTech System what it is today.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the 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.

Five extremely deserving former CareerTech educators will be inducted into the CareerTech Hall of Fame on the evening of Oct. 21, 2015, on Francis Tuttle’s Rockwell campus:

  • Phil Berkenbile
  • Dean Denton
  • Dale DeWitt
  • Bea Paul
  • Gregory Pierce

Tickets for this exciting event will go on sale Aug. 17. In addition to supporting this event through attendance, you will have sponsorship opportunities for the first time this year as well. Please check back soon for more details.

Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference and CSI Workshop 2015 mobile app released 

We’re excited to announce that this year Oklahoma Career Tech will provide a mobile application for the events again. You will get up-to-the-minute information such as the latest agendas, updates from the conference planners, feedback opportunities, maps and exhibitor details.

To get the Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference and CSI Workshop 2015 mobile app, follow these instructions:

iPhone and iPad users -- search “okacte” on the Apple App Store.

Android users -- search “okacte” on the Google Play Store.

Blackberry, Windows, laptop users -- go to: (Do not type “www.”)

We look forward to seeing you at the conference, and we hope you enjoy using the mobile app. 

Disaster Response and Emergency Training Simulator goes to work

The Disaster Response and Emergency Training Simulator trailer recently got to experience a real emergency.

When the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina flooded in May, the Choctaw Nation asked Kiamichi Technology Centers if it could borrow the trailer to use as an emergency room. The rains in May flooded the hospital’s ER, labs and X-ray and radiology rooms, and hospital staff needed a place to treat patients arriving by ambulance, said Gina Riggs, KTC director of emergency medical services.

“We unloaded our stuff from the trailer, and they moved their stuff in and set it up as an emergency room,” she said.

The DRETS trailer went into use at the hospital May 22 and is scheduled to be there until the end of June, Riggs said. This is the first time it has been used in an actual emergency instead of for training, she added.

Kiamichi Tech and the Choctaw Nation work together on many educational projects on all of the technology center’s campuses, Riggs said. In fact, when Kiamichi Tech rebuilt the DRETS trailer after the first one was damaged in a wreck, the Choctaw Nation bought the tech center a truck to pull the trailer.

“They are awesome to work with,” Riggs said.

Keep up with DRETS activities on its Facebook page.

25 graduate from CareerTech administrator program

Twenty-five people in the Oklahoma CareerTech System recently graduated from the Technology Center Administrator Program.

TechCAP gives individuals in the CareerTech System the chance to establish or advance their technology center administrative careers. Participants are current or potential technology center or skills centers administrators.

Oklahoma CareerTech began TechCAP in 2003. Since then, 181 people have completed the program. Eleven have become technology center superintendents, and another 18 have become deputy or assistant superintendents. Most of the rest are directors and assistant directors, said LaMecia Stidham, leadership and professional development coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

During the year-long program, participants visited technology centers across the state, learned more about the CareerTech System, networked with other administrators and gained hands-on experience in the different functions of technology centers. Topics included human resources, finance, workforce development, at-risk populations, media relations, crisis management, partnerships and state and national issues.

For more information about TechCAP, visit

Oklahoma CareerTech featured on California CTE site

Metro Tech Foundation holds sixth annual banquet

Metro Tech Foundation honored students and donors at its sixth annual banquet. The foundation offers student scholarships, grants and recognition.

Seven students received scholarships from the foundation, which also gives financial awards to all students who have excelled at state competitions and will participate in national events.
In addition, Ruben Aragon received the Don R. Wright Award, which is given to an outgoing member of the foundation’s board of trustees for outstanding board service. He promoted increased fundraising and offering students financial assistance for things such as transportation, utility bills, groceries and rent.

Filling a medical skills gap

Oklahoma CareerTech student organization FFA is working with Oklahoma State University to fill a medical skills gap in rural Oklahoma by reaching out to rural high school students about studying medicine and returning to their communities to practice. Find out more 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 6-8:

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Tinker Air Force Base

Senior leadership


Teacher certification

Oklahoma Alliance Board

Oklahoma Works


Core Partners

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