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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-8-31

Biomedical academies provide career paths for students; hiring event planned at Fort Sill for Oklahoma military members, veterans; CareerTech Women in Leadership program accepting applications; continuing teacher academy first session set for Sept. 23; Lottery scholarship applications open; Makerspace, #OklaEd and EdCampCTE; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-8-31

Biomedical Science Academy students at Wes Watkins Technology Center listen as Muriel Correa, senior criminalist with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, discusses crime scene investigations and careers in forensics.

Biomedical academies provide career paths for students

Seventeen Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers offer biomedical science studies at 20 campuses. In addition, five high schools offer CareerTech biomedical science studies -- one in cooperation with a technology center.

CareerTech’s biomedical education uses curriculum from Project Lead The Way to prepare students for professional health and science degree programs.

Hiring event planned at Fort Sill for Oklahoma military members, veterans

Oklahoma Military Connection will host a hiring event for military members and veterans in September at Fort Sill.

The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Fort Sill Armed Forces Reserve Center for U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members and Guard and Reserve members.

Oklahoma Military Connection is a partnership of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program.

Organizers expect to see more than 50 companies with jobs open in Oklahoma. Some may have national positions open also, said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets coordinator.

Registration is required for the event so job seekers can be matched with employers whose career fields are compatible with their skills.

“We find this to be very successful in preparing for this event. It leads to a direct connect between the employer and potential employees. The hiring rate is higher when there is a pre-match situation,” Ewing-Holmstrom said. “When we held a similar event in Norman using this same formula, we had job offers and soldiers hired, and that is what we want.”

Employers who are looking specifically for former military may also register to attend the free event. They should register as soon as possible, however, Ewing-Holmstrom said, so they can be matched with appropriate job seekers.

The hiring event will bring together military members and veterans and employers interested in hiring them and will benefit both, said Col. Warren Griffis, director of the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination program. Job seekers can find meaningful, reputable employment and become contributors to Oklahoma’s economy, and employers can find high-quality employees with good work ethics and values learned through military experience, he said.

“We are highly trained to think on our feet, very safety conscious as often we find ourselves in military situations where our lives depend on our safety awareness and experienced in handling situations that arise where there may not be an established rule book,” Griffis said. “We’ve been taught to quickly assess a situation and develop a plan of action and execute it in short order, without having to be spoon-fed. And we are physically and medically fit and drug and substance free.”

A pre-event workshop will focus on interview preparation, resume pointers and attire to ensure attendees are prepared for the hiring event. It will be Sept. 10 at the Oklahoma Works office at 1711 S.W. 11th St., Lawton. To register, call 580-357-3500.

Those planning to attend the hiring event must have proper access to the military installation. They can check with the Fort Sill Visitor Control Center, T6701 Sheridan Road, Fort Sill, (580) 442- 9603 to ensure they have access passes or proper Department of Defense issued identification.

For more information about the hiring event, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets, 405-714-6186,; John Harris, OESC Lawton, 580-357-3500,; Christi Lindsey, OESC Chickasha, 580-255-8950,; or Sherrie Adams, OESC Altus, 580-482-3261,

CareerTech Women in Leadership program accepting applications

Applications for the 2015-16 CareerTech Women in Leadership program are open and will be accepted until Sept. 15. The purpose of the CT Women in Leadership program is to create a professional learning community that will maximize leadership opportunities for women in CareerTech education. For more information, contact LaMecia Stidham.

Continuing teacher academy first session set for Sept. 23

CareerTech Professional Development will present the Continuing Teacher Academy for all CareerTech teachers starting in September. Sessions will include teaching strategies, ctYou and Moodle, the latest information for CTSOs, student engagement strategies, best practices in classroom planning and Google knowledge. Sessions will be Sept. 23 and Nov. 4 at Tulsa Technology Center’s Owasso Campus and Jan. 28 at Moore Norman Technology Center’s South Penn Campus.

For more information on registration, visit

Lottery scholarship applications open

Applications are being accepted for fall lottery funds scholarships. For more information, visit To apply, visit

Makerspace, #OklaEd and EdCampCTE

Did you get a chance to listen in on the #OklaEd chat Sunday night? The theme was maker education. A lot of things happening across Oklahoma’s CareerTech system fit in with the discussion: STEAMmaker Camp this summer, Canadian Valley’s ULearn Academy and Eastern Oklahoma County’s bus. The maker movement is alive and well within Oklahoma CareerTech. If you need ideas for your own maker space, read the archive at

You can join the Twitter discussion about education in Oklahoma from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Sunday by following the #OklaEd hashtag.

Want face-to-face discussion? Join EdCampCTE on Sept. 26 and get involved. Go to for more information.

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

CareerTech Hall of Fame

Share your best practices under announcements on


Schedule for the week 8-31:

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership

Oklahoma Quality Foundation

Staff evaluations

ABE monitoring visit

Conference call

Autry Technology Center

Southern Oklahoma Technology Center

Leadership Oklahoma

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