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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-9-28 and 2015-10-5

GuidanceFest 2015 is fast approaching; tickets still available for CareerTech Hall of Fame ceremony; EdCampCTE a great success; Oklahoma CareerTech Celebrates Manufacturing Day; Oklahoma honors Careers in Construction Month in October; CareerTech to participate in United Way campaign; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-9-28 and 2015-10-5

Gordon Cooper Tech Center graduate Kelcy Hunter is a project engineer for Nabholz Construction.

Oklahoma honors Careers in Construction Month in October

Oklahoma CareerTech is joining the National Center for Construction Education and Research’s Build Your Future initiative to narrow the skills gap by showing young people and displaced workers the opportunities available in construction through Careers in Construction Month.

This is the 11th year NCCER has honored careers in construction and the third year it has celebrated Careers in Construction Month. Gov. Mary Fallin has also proclaimed October as Careers in Construction Month in Oklahoma.

More than 80,000 Oklahomans work in construction, and the state projects a growth rate of 14.5 percent by 2018.

The CareerTech communications and marketing team, along with the technology centers, will be posting information about construction careers in Oklahoma throughout the month on social media. Join us in raising awareness of the great career opportunities available in the construction industry and in helping fill the skills gap. Find resources to promote Careers in Construction Month at

GuidanceFest 2015 is fast approaching

GuidanceFest workshops are specifically geared for high school, middle school and technology center counselors. Topics this year will include reviewing transcript issues, navigating conflicts and OK Career Guide.

These workshops are presented by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education Career and Academic Connections Division. Melissa White, executive director of achieving classroom excellence and counseling at the State Department of Education, will be a special guest.

Five GuidanceFest dates and locations have been set:

  • Oct. 1, Northwest Tech, Fairview.
  • Oct. 8, Tulsa Tech, Owasso.
  • Oct. 21, Kiamichi Tech, Atoka.
  • Oct. 22, Great Plains Tech, Lawton.
  • Oct. 27, Moore Norman Tech, South Penn Campus, Oklahoma City.

To register, go to


Tickets still available for CareerTech Hall of Fame ceremony

The deadline has been extended and a few tickets are still available for the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at District 21 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

Tickets are $60, and only a few are left, so if you haven’t ordered and you want to attend, you should do so as soon as possible. You can make reservations at


EdCampCTE a great success

Eighty-six educators from across Oklahoma exchanged best practices and more at the first EdCampCTE Sept. 26 at Canadian Valley Technology Center in Yukon.

EdCamp is professional development for educators by educators. Participants talked about nontraditional student recruitment best practices, makerspaces, project-based learning and cross-curricular integration with career and technology education, technology in early childhood classrooms and common mistakes of first-year teachers.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2016 EdCamp CTE.


Oklahoma CareerTech Celebrates Manufacturing Day

Oklahoma CareerTech’s technology centers are sponsoring events throughout October to celebrate Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October, but events throughout the month accomplish its goal to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. To find events in Oklahoma, go to



CareerTech to participate in United Way campaign

Stillwater Area United Way kicked off its 2015 campaign with the Day of Caring Sept. 17.

The CareerTech United Way Campaign will be at the end of October. ODCTE employees can donate through the State Charitable Campaign.

SUAW’s goal this year is $900,000. It supports 22 partner agencies that help more than 77,000 Payne County residents. For more about the SUAW, visit


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 weeks of 9-28 and 10-5:

Senior leadership


Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance


Business Advisory Council

Instructional framework


WIOA state plan

Legislative meeting

Superintendent finance committee

Technology center superintendent meeting

Okla Ed

Blue Ribbon Brunch at Meridian Tech

Oklahoma Works

CTE Summit


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