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Weekly Memo 2015-1-26

Mack named state director effective Feb. 1; student organization officers speak at board meeting; council meeting to focus on career development; Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership program planned; CTSO Day at the Capitol set; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Weekly Memo 2015-1-26

Student organization officers spoke at January board meeting.

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

Mack named state director effective Feb. 1

I am truly honored to serve at state director for Oklahoma CareerTech. I have had the distinct pleasure of working in the Oklahoma CareerTech System for more than 20 years. I will work diligently to represent our system, gain more opportunities for students, support our outstanding educators and work to provide the resources needed to the classrooms for high-quality educational experiences.

Student organization officers speak at board meeting

When you want to know the true impact of CareerTech, just ask a CareerTech student organization officer. Three amazing student officers spoke to the CareerTech board Jan. 23 to highlight the impact of their CareerTech student organizations. The three groups represented were SkillsUSA by Shane Morrison, Autry Technology Center; HOSA (future health professionals) by Luke MacNaughton, Francis Tuttle Technology Center; and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (family and consumer sciences) by Gabriella Cutruzzula, Drummond High School. Morrison spoke about not being involved in sports or other activities at school. Getting involved in SkillsUSA gave him purpose and reason to be active in school. MacNaughton has received valuable experience in health careers, and he hopes to go to college and possibly major in engineering to become involved in medical device creation. Cutruzzula is passionate about the goals and initiatives of FCCLA, including the national initiative against texting and driving. Other student organizations will present at future board meetings. Thank you to the students and their sponsors for participating in the January board meeting.

Council meeting to focus on career development

The Communications and Marketing Council will meet Friday at Express Employment Professionals in Oklahoma City to hear about the company's Job Genius program and CareerTech's new online career development system. The council is composed of communications and marketing professionals at the technology centers and at the state agency.

Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership program planned

The Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership Program for fifth- through 12th-grade STEM teachers in Oklahoma will be July 28-30. The event will focus on aerospace and defense, agriculture, bioscience and energy. It will include site visits for each industry, along with breakout sessions and discussion groups. Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk to senior members of education and industry about how to gain the most from this partnership. OEIP is facilitated by Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson, who has gone above and beyond to bring education and industry together. The information for the summer program will be sent to teachers in early February.

CTSO Day at the Capitol set

CareerTech student organization officers will be introduced Feb. 3 during the Oklahoma House and Senate sessions at the annual CTSO Day at the Capitol. State officers of the seven CTSOs -- Business Professionals of America, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, DECA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, FFA and Technology Student Association -- will hear from leaders and have an opportunity to visit with legislators at this annual event.

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.

Schedule for the week 1-6

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior Leadership
Senate performance/budget review
New legislators

BIS directors meeting
Performance reviews

Performance reviews
Regional coordinators meeting
Managers meeting
Sirloin Club presentation

Morning Chat
Workforce Innovation and opportunity act meeting
Teacher certification meeting

Agency meetings

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