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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-1-4

CareerTech programs embedded within K-12 schools; DECA program providing qualified employees; accreditation training planned this spring; spring CareerTech educator lottery scholarship applications open Monday; useful links and my schedule for the week.

CareerTech programs embedded within K-12 schools

CareerTech programs are available for sixth- through 12th-grade students in Oklahoma’s elementary and secondary schools.

More than 1,298 CareerTech teachers are employed in comprehensive schools that receive program assistance from CareerTech. Programs are agricultural education; business, marketing and information technology education; family and consumer sciences education; health careers education; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and trade and industrial education

These programs in K-12 have 132,052 enrollments, with more than 46 percent of ninth- through 12th-graders enrolling in CareerTech programs.

Oklahoma CareerTech’s overall system placement rate is 93 percent positive placement of students (employed, military and continuing education).


DECA program providing qualified employees

Dick’s Sporting Goods chose the Muskogee High School DECA program as its first place to find new sales associates to open a new store in Muskogee.

Dick’s Store Manager Chad O’Roark said he had worked with other DECA programs and DECA is the best place to start for finding high-quality employees.

Muskogee High School’s DECA sponsor Clayton Blevins organized a place and time for Dick’s management team to conduct interviews on the Muskogee High School campus. The Dick’s management team had great success in finding the type of employees that they were looking for at their store. O’Roark was so pleased that a second day was established so they could interview more students, Blevins said.

Cutline: Dick’s Sporting Goods went to Muskogee High School’s DECA program to find employees for a new store. Pictured are Clayton Blevins, DECA sponsor; Bryan Edwards, Dick’s sales and support manager; and Chad O'Roark, Dick’s store manager.

Article provided by Clayton Blevins, Muskogee High School,


Accreditation training planned this spring

The revised accreditation training series is open on Eventbrite (see link below), and the deadline for the next session closes this Thursday (Jan. 7) at noon.

We encourage anyone wanting to learn more about the newly approved accreditation quality standards to attend. These standards will take effect for technology centers beginning during the 2016-17 school year.

The training is geared toward technology center faculty and staff and will help them understand the new quality standards and self-assessment tool. Sessions will be held at technology centers across the state and ODCTE from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

National and state technology centers and accrediting bodies will share pertinent information and experiences during the first part of the session. Attendees will also receive an overview of the quality standard, before finishing the day with participant discussion and practice in using the tool.

The training is supported with additional resources on the accreditation page of the ODCTE website,, and via the accreditation training series page on Moodle. Registration is available at


Spring CareerTech educator lottery scholarship applications open Monday

Oklahoma CareerTech educators who are continuing their own education can begin to apply Monday for lottery scholarships.

ODCTE receives a percentage of the Oklahoma Lottery Education Trust Fund, which it uses to help CareerTech programs upgrade equipment and to help CareerTech educators further their education in the form of scholarships.

In fiscal year 2014, CareerTech awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships. The purpose of the scholarships are to help current and future CareerTech educators obtain their teaching credentials and education.

The spring application will be open Jan. 11-25. Applications are at


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


This week

Senior leadership

Midyear staff evaluations

Oklahoma Works meeting

Staff meetings

Danny Darrow retirement

NASDCTE conference call

Tech Center superintendents meeting

Leadership Oklahoma



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