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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-12-19

Western Technology Center helps students through hard times with P-Willy’s Place of Grace; Did you know?; Continuing Teacher Academy planned for January; CareerTech student organization - Millwood BPA: Creating real-world student opportunities; FFA students send a note of thanks; CareerTech events; and useful links.

Western Technology Center helps students through hard times with P-Willy’s Place of Grace

Western Technology Center has a solution to students facing long-term and short-term poverty.

The tech center, part of the Oklahoma CareerTech System, operates P-Willy’s Place of Grace to provide students with clothing, school supplies, household items, nonperishable food and more. WTC students also offer nutrition information, food demonstrations, health information and more at P-Willy’s.

P-Willy’s Place of Grace is named for the late Phyllis Williams, who was a Western Tech instructor and a driving force behind founding P-Willy’s and helping students who are facing hard times.

To see more about P-Willy’s from “Oklahoma Horizon,” go to


Did you know?

In FY16, Oklahoma CareerTech delivered in these ways:

  • Oklahoma CareerTech System graduates added more than $3.5 billion annually to the state’s economy.
  • Oklahoma CareerTech annual enrollments totaled more than 500,000.
  • Nearly half (83,321 of Oklahoma ninth- through 12th-grade students were enrolled in CareerTech classes.
  • CareerTech helped 7,092 Oklahoma businesses increase sales, improve productivity, reduce costs and expand operations.
  • Oklahoma CareerTech Skills Centers offered specialized occupational training to 1,244 adult and juvenile offenders.
  • Student placement in FY15 was 93 percent (continuing education, employed and military).

For more information about how CareerTech delivers, go to


Continuing Teacher Academy planned for January

CareerTech Continuing Teacher Academy for both new and veteran teachers will be Jan. 18 at Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus, for a $30 registration fee.

Each division will have dedicated time to present important topics to their instructors. In addition to the division specific information, teachers can learn about marketing and recruiting students, OK Career Guide, personal learning networks, social media do’s and don’ts and much more.

To register, go to


CareerTech student organization - Millwood BPA: Creating real-world student opportunities

TAF staff and Millwood BPA officer Joshua Johnson
TAF staff and Millwood BPA officer Joshua Johnson.
The Millwood High School Business Professionals of America chapter worked with the Teachers Appreciation Foundation again this year for the foundation’s Teachers and Staff Awards Banquet. The foundation recognizes and celebrates the everyday contributions of Oklahoma City School District employees, including school administrators, teachers, support staff, custodians, school bus drivers and cafeteria workers.

Charmin Williams, Millwood BPA adviser, worked with Karim Muhammad, TAF founder and

TAF and Millwood BPA
Karim Muhammad, TAF founder and executive director; Charmin Williams, Millwood BPA adviser; and Miniimah Muhammad, TAF board president.
executive director, to allow BPA students to attend the banquet as guests and also to help prepare and present the banquet.

BPA member Joshua Johnson served as the assistant to the executive director. This job shadow opportunity gave Johnson the opportunity to practice a variety of work-related skills while fulfilling multiple job duties, including front and backstage assistant, guest services attendant and registration manager. Former BPA member Leallin Houston was exposed to break-through live-streaming technology via the Periscope app, as she was placed as a broadcasting understudy working alongside the international inspirational speaker, author Bee Smith.

The banquet is a semiformal event that includes presentations by community leaders and state legislators. In addition to providing job-shadow opportunities, this collaboration provides students with real-life opportunities to practice business networking skills, needed social engagement skills and formal dining etiquette -- opportunities often difficult to provide within the designated boundaries of the traditional career technology classroom setting.

“We are honored to be a part of this partnership in support of the future leaders of this country,” Muhammad said.

For more about Millwood High School BPA, visit

Information from the fall 2016 edition of BMITE Bits.


FFA students send a note of thanks

FFA students thank SandRidge Energy
Oklahoma FFA students sent thank-you notes to SandRidge Energy.
In the lobby of SandRidge Energy Inc. are displayed many thank-you cards and letters from FFA students across the state showing their appreciation for the donation of 100 jackets. Thank you, SandRidge Energy Inc., for your support!


CareerTech Events

State Holiday, Christmas, Dec. 26-27

Mid-Winter OKSTEM, Jan. 20

FCCLA Officer Interviews, Jan. 24

TechCAP VIII, Jan. 26

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute, Jan. 26

CareerTech Board Meeting, Jan. 26


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

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