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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-2-29

CareerTech continues to advance STEM in secondary education; Adult Basic Education workshops held across the state; ODCTE recognized as a Certified Healthy Business; 16 from Oklahoma attend national Tech Centers That Work Forum Held; Moore Norman Tech students speak about financial literacy education; For Counselors Only Conference planned; useful links and my schedule for the week.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-2-29

More than 100 students, along with their teachers, attended STEM Day at the Capitol on March 2. They set up booths, met with legislators and watched legislative sessions.

CareerTech continues to advance STEM in secondary education

Did you know:

  • Oklahoma CareerTech STEM education’s goal is to nurture creative students in grades six through 12 to be problem-solvers, innovators, logical thinkers, inventors and strong communicators who excel in science and mathematics?
  • When Oklahoma CareerTech STEM students graduate from high school, many continue studying STEM fields in higher education, and many enter the workforce in STEM careers?
  • During FY15, there were more than14,500 enrollments in CareerTech’s Gateway, pre-engineering, biotechnology, computer science and biomedical science offerings? Courses include calculus, trigonometry, anatomy, physiology, physics and other advanced placement courses.

Adult Basic Education workshops held across the state

Oklahoma’s Adult Learning Center directors attended meetings across the state to receive updates and insights into their work.

Lifelong Learning Division staff members presented information about GED cut scores, the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, budgets and reporting timelines and processes and sit monitoring at meetings in Poteau, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Elk City. In addition, the ALC directors learned about the HiSET/GED/TASC Academy and about TASC/TABE testing.

The Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center provided an overview of employability skills curriculum resources, including products available from the CIMC as well as free and suggested resources.

The Lifelong Learning staff also gained insights from the ALC directors about the significant accomplishments of their sites, which serve some 18,000 individuals statewide.


ODCTE recognized as a Certified Healthy Business

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education has earned recognition as a Certified Healthy Business. ODCTE earned the Merit certification, the second of three levels.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Business Program was created in 2003 to recognize Oklahoma businesses that promote health and wellness for their employees. Applicants are scored in nine categories: organizational supports, tobacco control, nutrition, physical activity, stress management, mental health, chronic disease prevention and management, occupational health and safety and health promotion.

The program is sponsored by The Oklahoma Academy for State goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point council, The State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.


Tech Centers that Work Forum held

The Tech Centers That Work Forum brought more industry access and powerful sessions to boost school improvement efforts.

Nationally recognized career and technology educators shared ways that can improve student achievement and connect students with high-demand career fields. One of the participants explained that he was a part of the Dream Learners Workshop, which allowed tours of industry and continued to work through learning about effective project based learning. He indicated he had four bachelor’s degrees and nobody had ever before given him these types of tools to enrich his classroom and make the best learning environment for his students.

Taking concepts to projects through project-based learning helped the educators and leaders expand their instructional options for their students.


Moore Norman Tech students speak about financial literacy education

Two Moore Norman Technology Center students recently presented their research about personal financial literacy education in Oklahoma to the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition, whose mission is to help people learn to make informed financial decisions.

Hailey Boyd and Makenzie Fox researched the issue by talking to students about the required financial literacy courses taught in seventh, eighth and ninth grades. They are trying to change the law to require the courses in 11th and 12th grades, when they say they will help students more as they near graduation and careers.

At the meeting, Boyd and Fox presented their video of students discussing the required course to legislators, education representatives and business and community organization representatives. The video can be seen at

For Counselors Only Conference planned

More than 500 elementary and secondary school and technology center counselors and career advisers are expected to attend the 11th annual For Counselors Only Conference.

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech and the Oklahoma State Department of Education will host the conference March 10 in Midwest City.

The conference provides networking and professional development opportunities for educators. It will feature breakout sessions on K-12 and technology center partnerships, OK Career Guide, school counselor accountability, student advocacy and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.

To register for the conference, go to

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

Senior leadership

Conference calls

Teacher certification

HR meeting

Autry Technology Center

Metro Technology Centers

Oklahoma Works meeting

Great Plains Technology Center

Employees Association meeting

Tulsa Tech Destination 2020 class

Leadership Oklahoma

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” --George Bernard Shaw
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