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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-11-28

In case you missed these stories, #OkCareerTechDelivers; Vision 2016 is just around the corner; Dawn Lindsley recognized as one of Stillwater’s top Emerging Leaders Under 40; work advances on Skills Centers manufacturing training; 2017 OYE Show Honorees named; Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference set for Dec. 6; CareerTech events; and useful links.

In case you missed these stories, #OkCareerTechDelivers

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Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center leadership council chosen:


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.


Dawn Lindsley recognized as one of Stillwater’s top Emerging Leaders Under 40

Dawn Lindsley has been recognized as one of Stillwater’s top Emerging Leaders Under 40. With more than 60 nominees for this prestigious honor, it is truly a testament to the quality of Lindsley’s character and leadership to be named one of the top 11.

The Young Professionals of Stillwater began the Emerging Leaders recognition program in 2013 as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of those who are making a difference in Stillwater – personally, professionally and civically. These individuals demonstrate qualities of a well-rounded professional who excels in multiple areas, including professional and community aspects.

Congratulations, Dawn, for receiving this prestigious honor!


Work advances on Skills Centers manufacturing training

Participants from the CareerTech Skills Centers , Gordon Cooper Technology Center and the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center, a division of Oklahoma CareerTech, met recently at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center to discuss new instructional materials.

The group gathered to provide feedback on a draft set of instructional materials for a new basic manufacturing principles program that will be taught at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center.

The program will provide students with theory and skills relating to careers in machining, welding and fabrication. Training topics will include measuring tools and measuring principles; basic math and blueprint reading; turning, milling and grinding operations; and safety and problem-solving.

For more information, contact Greg Dewald, superintendent, at or Craig Maile, CIMC manager, at


2017 OYE Show Honorees named

Congratulations to our very own Kurt Murray and Kendall Brashears, who will be the Show Honorees for the 2017 Oklahoma Youth Expo. They have been notified of their selection for this prestigious honor.

The official announcement was made at the Sirloin Club Luncheon in Oklahoma City in early November. Previous show honorees nominate and select the recipients for each year’s show.

Congratulations, Kurt and Kendall!


Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference set for Dec. 6

Kurt Foreman, Jim Huntzinger, Tanya Monnig, Dan RickmanExperts from Boeing and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber will share their opinions on aerospace and its importance in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference Dec. 6 in Oklahoma City.

The conference at Metro Technology Centers Springlake Campus, 1900 Springlake Drive, will also include presentations addressing national, state, and local economic conditions. The conference, presented by the Center for Applied Economic Research in the OSU Spears School of Business, will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

Kurt Foreman, executive vice president of economic development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, will speak on “Aerospace: A Key Engine for Greater Oklahoma City’s Present and Future Success.” Tanya Monnig, Oklahoma site chief financial officer for The Boeing Co., will speak on “Aerospace in Oklahoma.” They will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Jim Huntzinger, Bank of Oklahoma Financial Corp. executive vice president and chief investment officer, will give a national economic forecast, and Dan Rickman, Oklahoma State University regents professor of economics, will give an Oklahoma economic forecast.

A second question-and-answer session will conclude the conference, which will be opened by Ken Eastman, dean of the OSU Spears School of Business, and Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director.

Registration is $75. For more information or to register online, visit


CareerTech Events

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute - Norman, Dec. 7

TechCAP VIII, Dec. 8-9

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute - Fairview, Dec. 14

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute - Lawton, Dec. 15

State Holiday - Christmas, Dec. 26


Useful links

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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

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