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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-2-16

Offenders graduate from heavy equipment operator training at Union City; students meet legislators during CTSO Day at the Capitol 2016; HOSA officers present LLS Lemon Challenge to governor; Oklahoma FCCLA state officers appear on Shreveport morning show; more than 500 attend FFA Day at the Capitol; Tulsa ag ed teacher wins Fox23 Golden Apple award; more than 300 attend Health Careers Education Day at the Capitol; business and education leaders learn about CareerTech’s hands-on learning; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-2-16

Photo by Tom Fields

Offenders graduate from heavy equipment operator training at Union City

Offenders at the Union City Community Corrections Center graduated this week from a six-week training course for heavy equipment operators.

The program was the latest from a partnership among CareerTech, TEEM, the Department of Corrections and the It’s My Community Initiative.

There is a statewide shortage of heavy equipment operators in Oklahoma, and the students have been trained to operate backhoes, excavators and bulldozers. The partners are visiting with potential employers and expect the students will get jobs as a result of the training.

Mid-America Technology Center provided the equipment and instructors.

This is the third type of six-week training program the partnership has produced. Two groups of women have graduated from the group’s culinary arts program, and two groups of men have graduated from the welding program.

Students meet legislators during CTSO Day at the Capitol 2016

Student leaders of tomorrow got a chance Feb. 2 to see today’s leaders in action during CareerTech Student Organization Day at the Capitol. The presence of CTSO state officers at the Capitol is a learning opportunity for the students, but it also provides a chance for decision-makers to see the outcome of their efforts in the legislature.
CareerTech student organizations and their associated programs are FFA, agricultural education; Business Professionals of America, business and information technology education; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, family and consumer sciences education; DECA, marketing education; HOSA, health careers education; Technology Student Association, STEM education; and SkillsUSA, trade and industrial education.

HOSA officers present LLS Lemon Challenge to governor

During CTSO Day at the Capitol, the HOSA state officers challenged Gov. Mary Fallin to take the Oklahoma HOSA LLS Lemon Challenge.

The Lemon Challenge started in Oklahoma in 2014 to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is the National HOSA Service Project. Oklahoma HOSA State Officer Aksah Cherian, chairperson for this year’s Lemon Challenge, told Fallin about Oklahoma HOSA and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Each person who accepts with LLS Lemon Challenge, states “Cancer Bites but HOSA Bites Back” and then bites into the lemon.

Last year, students raised almost $2,500 through the LLS Lemon Challenge.

Oklahoma FCCLA state officers appear on Shreveport morning show

During FCCLA Week earlier this month, three Oklahoma FCCLA state officers were interviewed on the KTBS morning show in Shreveport, La.

The officers talked about FCCLA and family and consumer sciences education. They told the viewing audience about the no texting and driving project, Oklahoma Challenge and partnership with Lead2Feed.

You can watch the segment at

More than 500 attend FFA Day at the Capitol

More than 500 agricultural education students attended FFA Day at the Capitol Tuesday.

The students visited with legislators and attended legislative sessions and committee meetings.

Tulsa ag ed teacher wins Fox23 Golden Apple award

Tulsa’s Fox 23 honored Tulsa Webster High School agricultural education teacher and FFA adviser John Wells by giving him its Golden Apple award. The television station gives the award to teachers who demonstrate excellence in the classroom.

More than 300 attend Health Careers Education Day at the Capitol

More than 300 health careers education students and instructors attended this year’s HCE Day at the Capitol sponsored by the Oklahoma Health Careers Education Teachers Association.

The students completed a Capitol scavenger hunt that led them to investigate many aspects of the Capitol building. The students also made appointments with their local legislators and visited with them in their offices.

Rep. Will Fourkiller, D-Stilwell, spoke to the group about his background as a nurse and the importance of the legislative process.

The day was the first time many of the students, secondary and postsecondary, had visited the state Capitol.

Business and education leaders learn about CareerTech’s hands-on learning

Some 220 business and education leaders discussed “Oklahoma CareerTech: The Original Makerspace” Feb. 11 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, where they learned about the ways career and technology education is narrowing the skills gap.

TechShop CEO Mark Hatch showcased the hands-on learning opportunities he is involved in around the country and talked about many entrepreneurs who started in maker spaces. CareerTech students from middle school to adults exhibited various skills they learn in their classes including in robotics, drones, welding, aerospace, biotechnology, agricultural education and computer sciences.

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

Oklahoma Works

This week

State Board of Equalization

FFA Day at the Capitol

LOK Legislative Reception

Health Careers Day at Capitol

Summer Conference planning committee

CareerTech Board meeting

Legislative meetings

Will Rogers Air National Guard

Northeast Technology Center

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
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