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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-2-8

ODCTE expands printing capabilities with digital press; Oklahoma FFA Association wins award from Thunder, Devon Energy; Northwest Technology Center culinary students help their community; Celebrate CTE Month with #OklaEd Twitter chat; Oklahoma CareerTech to lead discussion about hands-on learning and maker movement; Express Professionals invites CareerTech to host leadership simulcast sites; and useful links.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-2-8

Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack and Randy Seales, CareerTech printing production manager, show a vinyl banner printed with the new digital press.

ODCTE expands printing capabilities with digital press

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech’s Digital Printing, Distribution and Client Services division recently installed a digital press, which provides new capabilities. For information about customized printing, banners, die cutting, perforating or other printing-related features, contact Randy Seales at 405-743-5533 or

Oklahoma FFA Association wins award from Thunder, Devon Energy

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Devon Energy have selected the Oklahoma FFA Association as their most recent award recipient of the Explorers Program, an initiative to strengthen STEM education in public schools across Oklahoma.

Drake Boyce, state FFA president, will receive the award at center court during the Thunder basketball game Feb. 21 at Chesapeake Arena.

Devon Energy nominated FFA for the award. The company is in the second year of an Agriscience Fair initiative that seeks to build on a commitment to conservation and protecting land and natural resources that is shared by agriculture and the oil and gas industry. The partnership between Oklahoma FFA and Devon Energy provides educational opportunities and incentives for agricultural education students and teachers to research, develop, conduct and evaluate projects associated with environmental stewardship, natural resource systems and technical systems.

FFA Agriscience Fair projects are cross-curricular activities. Through completing projects, students can support or improve their knowledge and skills in other subjects like math, science and English.

As a part of the game day recognition, FFA officers will also host a booth featuring Agriscience Fair projects on the concourse level, and a short video will be shown at center court highlighting the Agriscience Fair partnership between Devon Energy and FFA.

FFA is one of seven co-curricular CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. It is affiliated with agricultural education.

Northwest Technology Center culinary students help their community

Northwest Technology Center culinary students and instructor Jean Blevins prepared a four-course dinner for eight Fairview residents as part of a fundraiser for the Fairview Regional Hospital Foundation.

The community members purchased the dinner in an auction sponsored by the foundation to raise money to buy cardiac equipment for the hospital.

The students prepared shrimp cocktail, salad, filet mignon, golden potatoes encrusted with parmesan, green beans prosciutto wrapped bundle, rolls and chocolate mousse atop a red velvet star. They served the dinner Dec. 10 at Northwest Tech’s Fairview campus.

Celebrate CTE Month with #OklaEd Twitter chat

CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack and fellow educators will celebrate CTE Month with an #OklaEd Twitter chat at 8 p.m. Feb. 21.

Twitter chats are conversations held on Twitter linked by a hashtag. The #OklaEd hashtag brings together people from all over Oklahoma and a few from out of state to discuss education in Oklahoma. The participants include elected officials, superintendents, teachers, parents, students and others who are concerned about education.

#OklaEd meets every Sunday at 8 p.m. The moderator will send out a tweet from his or her account and mark it with the #OklaEd hashtag. On Feb. 21, the questions will originate from Mack’s Twitter account, @mrmackh. The questions will come in a Q1 A1, Q2 A2 format. After each question, anyone can engage in conversation. Just be sure to preface your input with the A1, A2, etc., and include #OklaEd somewhere in the tweet.

Oklahoma CareerTech to lead discussion about hands-on learning and maker movement

A February meeting will highlight Oklahoma CareerTech’s hands-on learning and the revolution of the maker movement.

“Oklahoma CareerTech: The Original Makerspace” will feature Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. The event, sponsored by the Oklahoma Business Roundtable in conjunction with Oklahoma CareerTech, will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Rockwell Campus.

Several students will showcase the hands-on learning they are experiencing in the CareerTech comprehensive school and technology center programs. Gov. Mary Fallin will also address the attendees.

Attendance is by invitation. The event will be live streamed at

Express Professionals invites CareerTech to host leadership simulcast sites

Express Employment Professionals is providing a professional development opportunity on leadership via live simulcast at 8:55 a.m. April 13 and inviting Oklahoma CareerTech to be involved.

The event will feature Shaquille O’Neal, television sports analyst and 15-time NBA all-star; Marshall Goldsmith, author, professor and executive coach; and Kaplan Mobray, author, motivational speaker and career consultant.

Express is inviting technology centers and ODCTE to host the simulcast free of charge at our sites and to invite staff and business and educational partners. Watch for more information about sites hosting this simulcast.

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

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