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Weekly Memo 2015-2-9

Central Tech team makes national CyberPatriot finals; officers attend CTSO Day at the Capitol; Marcie Mack tours Tinker Air Force Base; CareerTech is ready to meet Oklahoma Works goals; NTHS plans Day at the Capitol; board member region meetings to include new training; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Weekly Memo 2015-2-9

Marcie Mack and Eddie Compton at Tinker AFB.

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” ~Vince Lombardi

Central Tech team makes national CyberPatriot finals

A Central Technology Center team has qualified for the national CyberPatriot finals. Only 28 teams out of more than 2,600 made the finals. CyberPatriot is sponsored by the Air Force Association and is the nation’s largest youth cyberdefense competition. Central Tech’s team will compete in Washington, D.C., in March for the national champion title.

Officers attend CTSO Day at the Capitol

CareerTech student organizations officers gathered Feb. 3 at the state Capitol. Officers from all seven student organizations visited with their legislators about CTSOs and the CareerTech System. Lt. Gov Todd Lamb and CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack addressed the students and thanked them for their leadership. More than 84,273 middle school through adult students are members of at least one Oklahoma CareerTech Student Organization. To find out more, visit

Marcie Mack tours Tinker Air Force Base

State Director Marcie Mack and CareerTech aerospace liaison Eddie Compton met Feb. 5 with Brig. Gen. Donald Kirkland, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base. They visited Building 3001, which stretches almost a mile, before touring Building 9001. Each of these buildings are like a city all by themselves. During the tour, Mack met several scientists, engineers and technicians, many of whom were CareerTech graduates, and received an in-depth mission brief that included the history of Tinker AFB. Mack assured the Tinker leadership that CareerTech would continue to provide the very best workforce for their needs so the complex can fulfill its mission. (Eddie Compton)

CareerTech is ready to meet Oklahoma Works goals

As outlined by Gov. Mary Fallin in a letter to state workforce partners, “The premise of Oklahoma Works is simple. Our state is national leader in economic growth, but we do not have enough skilled workers to meet the workforce demands of our companies. Put simply, we are not creating the workforce we need to attract and retain the high quality, well-paying jobs necessary for Oklahoma’s future. This is an education problem, which leads to an economic problem. As you know, Oklahoma Works seeks to address this skills gap through data-driven and private sector-led efforts designed to increase wealth for our citizens by preparing them for the skill-oriented jobs of the modern workforce.”

The Oklahoma CareerTech System is enthusiastically and strongly behind this effort, and we look forward to using our resources, energies and talents to support initiatives to produce a workforce for every Oklahoma company and a productive job for every Oklahoman. Through our continued partnerships with all educational entities and business and industry, we can meet the current and future needs of Oklahoma.

NTHS plans Day at the Capitol

The National Technical Honor Society will hold its 19th annual Day at the Capitol on Feb 25. Each year, the National Technical Honor Society hosts a Day at the Capitol, when students from across Oklahoma have the opportunity to interact with their legislators, see them in action, tour the Capitol and hear from guest speakers. This year, students will hear from State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack.

More information about the Day at the Capitol and NTHS can be found at

Board member region meetings to include new training

The Oklahoma State School Boards Association’s spring meetings typically focus on legislation, but this year’s will also include special training to help school board members fill out the new required financial disclosure forms. OSSBA would like your assistance in informing board members that this help will be available at the region meetings. Board members may attend whichever meeting is convenient. A complete list of meetings and registration is available on the OSSBA website:

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.
Employment Opportunities in the CareerTech System

Schedule for the week 2-9

This schedule is subject to change without notice:

Senior leadership
Agency meetings

Staff meeting
Superintendent meeting
State Department of Education focus group
Superintendent retirement dinner

Superintendent meeting
Federal legislation meeting
Legislative reception

Agency meetings
State director’s conference call

Business/legislative breakfast at Metro Tech
Secretary of Education and Workforce

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