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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-10-10

OKCRC annual conference set this month; CareerTech Champion: Chacey Schoeppel - FFA; CareerTech hosts Business and Industry Services professional development session; GuidanceFest workshops planned in October; Free resources available for teachers; useful links; and CareerTech Events.

OKCRC annual conference set this month

The Oklahoma Career Readiness Certificate Annual Conference will feature 22 breakout sessions this year. The conference will be Oct. 25 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Reno Campus, 7301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City.

Mark Turnbull, director of regional strategies for the Joplin Regional Partnership, will present four sessions with school superintendents and an employer to showcase successful education and business partnerships. Wiley Smith from Kansas Works will present best practices in workforce preparation.

Tony Cortez, Steven Anderson and Ed Conard, all from ACT, along with employers, site administrators, partner agencies, WorkKeys users and Oklahoma CareerTech staff, will share best practices, tips, takeaways, next steps and more.

There is no fee to attend the conference. Register online at Please bring your registration confirmation to the conference.

The conference at-a-glance and program will be posted at

Oklahoma's Career Readiness Certificate - Certified? It Pays


CareerTech Champion: Chacey Schoeppel - FFA

Chacey Schoeppel
Chacey Schoeppel
THEN: Chacey Schoeppel was already speaking competitively in the fifth grade, so by the time she was a Fairview High School student, her decision to join FFA with its plethora of competitive events was an easy one. Her ag teachers encouraged her to participate in several competitive events, which she says allowed her to develop invaluable real-world skills that can’t be taught in a classroom. Involvement in FFA helped her develop

  • Transferrable skills – such as public speaking, interviewing and putting together a resume – that she could apply to college and work.
  • Friends and professional connections that helped her personally and professionally, leading to scholarships at Oklahoma State and an internship with Gov. Mary Fallin.
  • A strong work ethic, including learning the value of time management and working hard.

NOW: A graduate of Oklahoma State University’s ag business program with a pre-law option, Chacey is working with the Ubuntu Youth Project, an after-school program that provides tutoring, mentorship, agricultural education and entrepreneurial skill development for secondary students. In her junior year at OSU, Chacey was named a Truman Scholar. That honor included a scholarship for graduate school, but she plans to defer that scholarship while she continues her work with the South Africans.

“I wouldn’t have had scholarships to Oklahoma State if it hadn’t been for people I met through CareerTech and FFA.”

Chacey Schoeppel, former FFA member

CareerTech hosts Business and Industry Services professional development session

CareerTech hosts Business and Industry Services Certification Program
CareerTech recently hosted the first session of the Business and Industry Services Certification Program for 22 BIS staff members from 11 technology centers.
Oklahoma CareerTech recently hosted the first session of the Business and Industry Services Certification Program for 22 Business and Industry Services staff members from 11 technology centers across the state.

BISCP is a seven-month professional development program offered yearly and designed to deliver the core fundamental elements of Business and Industry Services: networking, economic development, marketing, consulting and sales and reporting and documentation.



GuidanceFest workshops planned in October

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Career and Academic Connections Division will present five GuidanceFest workshops around the state in October. The workshops focus on the changing role of the school counselor in Oklahoma and the new features on OK Career Guide and include an update from the State Department of Education.

Workshops will be Oct. 11 at Tulsa Tech Owasso Campus, Oct. 12 at Pontotoc Tech in Ada and Oct. 18 at Francis Tuttle Tech Rockwell Campus. Each workshop will be from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

To register, go to


Free resources available for teachers

Most teachers know about the wealth of free teaching resources available online. The challenge is finding the time to search for resources and separating the useful from the rest.

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center wants to remind teachers of the free resources collected in the booklet, “Websites, Apps and More.” The booklet includes resources organized by cluster and provides a brief description of each resource. An updated edition for 2016 is now available.

Teachers can access a free PDF of the booklet from CIMC at


Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech.

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Adult Basic Education Foundations newsletters

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum


CareerTech Events

Teacher Institute 2015-2016 Cohort, Oct. 14

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, Oct. 15

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute, Oct. 19

TechCAP VIII, Oct. 20

Project Lead The Way State Conference, Oct. 27

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ - Mary Anne Radmacher
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