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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-3-27

Oklahomans honored at Making It Work Day; CareerTech, tech centers will host leadership simulcast sites; schools can apply for State Superintendent Award; video showcases CareerTech at Oklahoma Youth Expo; Tri County student wins Aspirations in Computing award; military hiring event slated; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-3-27

Making It Work Day at the Capitol honored nontraditional students and those who provide support for them.

Oklahomans honored at Making It Work Day

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council honored 17 Oklahomans and five Oklahoma businesses and nonprofit organizations at the 22nd annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol March 23.

Making It Work Day recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony also recognized nontraditional students and members who received national honors for their efforts.

Making It Work Day gives state legislators and CareerTech partner agencies an opportunity to recognize business and industry partners, community-based organizations and educators for their support and honors students for their efforts, said Charlie Weeks, ODCTE Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator.


CareerTech, tech centers will host leadership simulcast sites

Express Employment Professionals is presenting a live leadership simulcast, Refresh Live, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13 featuring Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal, Marshall Goldsmith and Kaplan Mowbray. Several technology centers and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education will be hosting the free simulcast.

An RSVP is required. To RSVP to participate at ODCTE, contact Connie Lewis, or 405-743-5541, by April 5. To participate at a tech center, contact the tech center.

Tech centers hosting are Caddo Kiowa, Pontotoc, Southwest, Pioneer, Francis Tuttle, Northwest, Wes Watkins and Kiamichi’s Wilburton, Hugo and Poteau campuses.

O’Neal, a 15-time NBA all-star, will share lessons learned about great leadership both on and off the basketball court. Goldsmith, author, professor and executive coach, will show how behavioral changes can help leaders achieve goals. Mobray, author, motivational speaker and career consultant, will talk about the 10 L’s of leadership, which will help participants understand their unique leadership qualities.

This is the seventh year Express has offered this leadership opportunity. CareerTech appreciates the opportunity to be a part of it.


Schools can apply for State Superintendent Award

Applications are open for the CareerTech Education State Superintendent Award.

Since its inception in 1994, an award has been presented by the state superintendent of public instruction for outstanding achievement in the delivery of career and technology education in comprehensive schools. Schools that have been selected offer high-quality career and technology programs, but also have met other criteria, including showing evidence of integrating academic and career and technology instruction, offering appropriate career guidance and working to implement a comprehensive student success system.

To apply for the award, go to Applications will be accepted until May 16.

Video showcases CareerTech at Oklahoma Youth Expo

Students from Francis Tuttle Technology Center created a video, “I Am FFA, I Am CareerTech,” that was shown at the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

You can see the video on the Oklahoma Association for Career and Technology Education Facebook page,

Thanks to Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Burlington FFA adviser Travis Bradshaw, State Speaker of the House Jeffrey Hickman, OkACTE Executive Director Skye McNiel, Edmond FFA and OYE Executive Director Tyler Norvell for your part in making and showing this video.


Tri County student wins Aspirations in Computing award

A Tri County Technology Center student has been selected as a 2016 Arkansas & Northeastern Oklahoma Affiliate winner of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Emily Dicataldo, a senior in the pre-engineering program at Tri County, is one of only seven award recipients in the region. She is being recognized for her aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for postsecondary education.

Dicataldo, who is in her second year on the Tri County FIRST Robotics Team 2165, says one of her greatest technical accomplishments was being a part of the team that built the top robot in Oklahoma in the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition. She plans to attend Brigham Young University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.


Military hiring event slated

Oklahoma Military Connection will host a hiring event for military members and veterans in May at Kiamichi Technology Center in Durant.

The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 6 at the technology center. It is designed for U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members and Guard and Reserve members.

Oklahoma Military Connection is a partnership of ODCTE, Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program.

Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is encouraged to match participants and employers.

For more information, 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

Oklahoma Works


This week

Monday all staff chat

Senior leadership meeting

State Chamber Business Roundtable TV show

Oklahoma Works

Northwest Oklahoma Alliance Legislative reception

Staff meetings

CareerTech Foundation Hall of Fame

Accreditation meeting

Rose State College

Leadership Oklahoma

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