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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-11-14

ODCTE gives back to the community; Metro Tech/OCPD cadet overcomes obstacles to create bright future; Oklahoma brings home national championships and more from National FFA Convention; Vision 2016 is just around the corner; Indian Capital Tech hosts You Build It Team Competition in honor of Construction Careers Awareness Month; useful links; and CareerTech events.

ODCTE gives back to the community

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education employees raised $19,007.75, more than $1,000 over their goal, for the Stillwater Area United Way.

The Stillwater Area United Way supports 22 partner agencies helping more than 77,000 Payne County residents.

ODCTE employees also participated in the Harvest II food drive sponsored annually by the Junior Service League of Stillwater to provide canned and boxed foods for people in need in the area. JSL distributes the Harvest II donations to 11 community agencies.


Metro Tech/OCPD cadet overcomes obstacles to create bright future

Jimmy Reece
Jimmy Reece
Oklahoma City Public Schools Northwest Classen High School and Metro Tech Law Enforcement Services Program graduate Jimmy Reece never planned to be where he is today.

“When Metro Tech came to my high school, I didn’t know which program interested me. I took a survey that said law enforcement, so I enrolled. My plan was just to show up,” Reece said.

The high school athlete, who played football and baseball and ran track, said that once he was in the law enforcement program, he quickly discovered a passion that was fueled by his teacher, Amanda Eastridge, and Oklahoma City Police

Jimmy Reece 2
From left, Karri Andrews, Amanda Eastridge, Jimmy Reece, Sgt. Tomas Daugherty.
Department officers involved in the program through a partnership between Metro Tech and OCPD. An early classroom visit from a K9 officer and a field trip to the Bureau of Narcotics created a light for him, Reece said. An admitted dog lover, his goal became to one day be a K9 officer himself.

Reece’s educational path wasn’t without struggle. His mother and father were sentenced to prison his freshman year of high school, which forced a move in with his grandmother.

“My parents grew up hard and didn’t have an education or job skills. They loved us and did their best to provide; it made me realize I wanted to create a different future for myself. That and my grandma’s support motivated me to do better,” he said.

As Reece was nearing completion of the Metro Tech Law Enforcement Program, Sgt. Tomas Daugherty, an OCPD cadet coordinator embedded in the program, introduced him to University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Police Department Deputy Chief Nathaniel Tarver at a community event. Reece called Tarver, and after several interviews, he was hired as a security officer with full benefits.

Today, Reece works full-time at OUHSC and puts in time as an OCPD cadet while awaiting his 21st birthday to apply to the OCPD Police Academy. His mother was released from prison earlier this year, works full-time, received her GED and moved into her own house. The look of pride shines as Reece says she’s better than he’s ever seen her.

Submitted by Metro Technology Centers


Oklahoma brings home national championships and more from National FFA Convention

Oklahoma FFA won multiple national champion titles at the 2016 National FFA Convention. Watch Oklahoma’s American Star Farmer, Tyler Schnaithman, feature on CareerTech’s “Oklahoma Horizon” show. Oklahoma had 14 national Agriscience Fair finalists and won three divisions, the most ever for both. Also, the state had 17 national proficiency finalists, three national proficiency winners and 162 American FFA Degree recipients.

The Oklahoma FFA Association was recognized as a 100 Percent Membership State and an Increase in Membership State. Oklahoma has 27,166 members, an increase of 12. The state ranks fourth nationally in total FFA membership and has 18 national delegates.

For the detailed highlights, check out


Vision 2016 is just around the corner

If you will be attending Vision 2016 in Las Vegas, save time to stop by the exhibit hall.

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center and the CareerTech Testing Center will have representatives on hand at booth No. 300.

In addition to seeing the latest curriculum and finding out about the latest assessments and study guides, you can pick up a copy of the free booklet, “Websites, Apps and More.” This revised edition of the popular booklet is new to Vision 2016 and includes resources organized by cluster.

Stop by and visit with Craig Maile and Jennifer Cartwright about ideas for new products or ways we can serve you better.


Indian Capital Tech hosts You Build It Team Competition in honor of Construction Careers Awareness Month

Indian Capital Technology Center’s first Construction Trades You Build It Team Competition on the Sallisaw campus drew 277 students in grades six through 12. ICTC hosted the competition Oct. 28 for Construction Careers Awareness Month.

Students competed in two divisions, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade; each division had a skills competition in which teams built Popsicle stick residential houses and a virtual competition in which students used a free software program to create a virtual home.

The overall grand champion team in the high school division was Roland’s Power Puff Girls. Moffett’s 6 was the overall grand champion team in the middle school division.

High school teams placing in the skills competition were Roland’s Power Puff Girls, first; Roland’s 9545 A, second; and Roland’s 3B third. High school teams placing in the visual competition were Roland’s 9545 B, first; Roland’s Brittleigh, second; and Roland’s Hard Hats, third.

Middle school teams placing in the skills competition were Muldrow’s Know-It-Alls, first; Muldrow’s Creative Carpenters, second; and Muldrow’s What?, third. Middle school teams placing in the virtual competition were Roland’s Team Cell, first; Moffett’s 6, second; and Vian’s Building Outcasts, third.

Information from ICTC - Sallisaw


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

TechCAP VIII, Nov. 17-18

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, Nov. 18

River Valley Technology Challenge, Nov. 18

State Holiday - Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-25

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute - Norman, Dec. 7

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt
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