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Director's Weekly Memo 2015-2-23

Great Plains Technology Center expands Project Lead the Way; ODCTE partners with SDE on a Counselors Only Conference; Autry Tech’s respiratory care program receives donation; agency celebrates hiring state director; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2015-2-23

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Great Plains Technology Center expands Project Lead the Way

The McMahon Foundation has generously granted $132,500 to Great Plains Technology Center to implement the Launch curriculum in five partner elementary schools. The Launch curriculum, which will be implemented in the next school year provides an avenue for students to think critically and increase academic skills in elementary school.

CareerTech programs in technology centers and comprehensive schools across the state offer STEM curriculum in biomedical sciences, pre-engineering, biotechnology, technology engineering, Gateway to Technology and TechConnect programs. These programs have engaged more than 26,000 students. Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. For more information about Project Lead The Way, visit

ODCTE partners with SDE on a Counselors Only Conference

The Counselors Only Conference will be 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. March 10 at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, in the Nigh University Center. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The conference will feature concurrent sessions and end with a keynote speaker.

Register at Please print your ticket and bring it with you to registration. Registration for the conference is free, but lunch will be on your own. When you enter the parking lot, take a parking ticket. If you leave the parking lot for lunch, tell the attendant you are with the Counselors Only Conference and keep your parking ticket. A list of lunch options, both on campus and at nearby restaurants, will be provided.

Autry Tech’s respiratory care program receives donation

Stillwater Medical Center purchased a new plethysomograph and donated its old one to Autry Technology Center. The machine is used to measure a patient’s lung volume. The machine will help Autry’s respiratory therapist students be better prepared to work in large hospitals, said instructor Deryl Gulliford. The CareerTech System has three respiratory therapist programs across Oklahoma that help to fill the employment needs of the health care industry with highly qualified respiratory therapists. Not only do they fill the employment needs, but they also work with many hospitals and facilities to provide clinical sites for training.

Agency celebrates hiring state director

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech celebrated the appointment of Marcie Mack as the new state director. The reception allowed internal staff an opportunity to congratulate Mack, who became the eighth state director of our system, effective Feb. 1.

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 2-23

This schedule is subject to change without notice:


All staff morning chat
Senior leadership
T&I officer meeting

Framework meeting
ODCTE retiree meeting
Budget hearing
NTHS – Yukon

Legislative meetings
NTHS Day at the Capitol
Oklahoma Academy reception

OSU OLLI speaker
Metro superintendents meeting at EOC
Russ Florence


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