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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-7-6

Director's Weekly Memo 2015-7-6

Pictured at Howard McLeod Skills Center are, from left, Joe Robinson, Greg Dewald and Marcie Mack, ODCTE; warden Tommy Sharp; and instructors Butch Daniel and Rick Reese.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

CareerTech state director tours skills centers

Last week I had the opportunity to tour two of our Skills Centers sites and see firsthand the impact our programs make on the lives of incarcerated individuals. I toured the precision machining and welding programs at Howard McLeod Skills Centers in Lane, Okla., Tuesday and toured the eight programs at Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center in Hodgen, Okla., Wednesday.

Students in these classes are learning valuable skills in high-demand occupations and are extremely grateful for the opportunities offered to them. The instructors are dedicated not only to providing crucial skill sets students need to be successful, but also to finding employment for the students upon release. The students' portfolios were impressive, with evidence of completed certifications and photos of their work.

Through this great partnership with the Department of Corrections, outstanding instructors and dedicated staff truly change lives of many individuals. The Skills Center School System is a real benefit for our state.

Carl Perkins technical assistance being offered

Oklahoma CareerTech will hold three Carl Perkins basic grant technical assistance workshops to help recipients meet requirements for and complete the FY 16 local applications.

The two-hour workshops will be at 9:30 a.m. July 9 at Chisholm Trail Technology Center in Omega, at 10 a.m. July 13 at ODCTE in Stillwater and at 9:30 a.m. July 16 at Indian Capital Technology Center’s Muskogee campus. Topics will include the recent Perkins federal monitoring review and the resulting changes to the FY 16 local application. Each workshop will also include a time for discussion and questions.

Registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, email with the date of the desired workshop and the number of participants attending. Registration is due by 5 p.m. July 6. Confirmations will be sent by email.

Oklahoma HOSA students bring home medals

Oklahoma HOSA students returned from their national conference with two national officers and a number of medals.

At the HOSA National Leadership Conference June 22-28 in Anaheim, Calif., which 301 Oklahoma students, advisers and family attended, the students earned 16 first-place medals, 13 second-place, six third-place and 45 fourth- through 10th-place medals.

Also, two state officers were elected to the National Executive Council: Tammy Phillips from Francis Tuttle Technology Center is the 2015-16 secondary board representative, and Santina Cherian from Francis Tuttle Tech is the 2015-16 Region 1 vice president.

Oklahoma HOSA also sponsored the LLS Lemon Challenge at the conference. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the 2014-2016 National HOSA Service Project. A person taking the challenge states, “Cancer Bites, but HOSA bites back,” and then bite into a lemon. The person donates to LLS and then challenges friends, co-workers or fellow HOSA members to take the lemon challenge. Oklahoma HOSA raised $1,736.34 for LLS at the conference.

Oklahoma SkillsUSA students break records

An Oklahoma record of 384 students, teachers and administrators attended the 51st SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference June 22-26 in Louisville, Kentucky.

For another state record, 235 students competed in skills and leadership contests. They brought home 58 medals, yet another Oklahoma record, putting them second in the nation in the medal count. They won 16 gold medals, 22 silver and 20 bronze. Another 25 students placed fourth, and 66 percent finished in the top 10 in the nation.

Two Oklahoma students were elected to the 2015-16 national officer team. Suzanna Dellinger from Mid-America Technology Center and Dante Williams from Tulsa Technology Center became Oklahoma’s 54th and 55th national officers.

SkillsUSA Oklahoma State Director Darren Gibson was elected SkillsUSA State Directors Association chairman-elect. In two years, he will become the chairman and serve on the SkillsUSA board of directors. He will be the sixth Oklahoman to serve on the board.

Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation golf tourney set

  • Aug. 2, LaFortune Park Golf Course, 5501 S. Yale, Tulsa.
  • Four-person scramble; shotgun start at 8 a.m.
  • Foundation 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 max 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: $1,000 gold, four players; $600 silver, two players; $300 bronze.
  • Information:
  • Registration:

Meridian Tech instructor wins national award

Mark Thomas, Pre-Engineering Academy instructor at Meridian Technology Center, has been selected to receive the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The award is given annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through sixth grade and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.

Winners of the presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony as well educational and celebratory events and visits with members of the administration.

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 7-6:

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership

Employee reviews

Workforce partners

Oklahoma Works

Skills Centers

Federal Reserve Economic Forum


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