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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-3-7

CareerTech Women in Leadership program participants graduate; Tulsa Tech Destination 2020 visits ODCTE; Tri County Technology Center receives two national accreditations; Business Professionals of America has been making a difference since 1966; ODCTE offers more OK Career Guide training; U.S. Department of Education issues CTE Makeover Challenge; useful links and my schedule for the week.

CareerTech Women in Leadership program participants graduate

It was an honor to spend time with the CareerTech Women in Leadership participants as they graduated from the program.

According to the Women in Leadership page on the CareerTech website, “The founding women of this program believe that women in leadership roles have a desire and obligation to demonstrate leadership behaviors to their peers. In addition, we believe women leaders have a responsibility to assist in the development of leadership behaviors in their colleagues. Finally, we believe in creating a culture of courageous leaders; these leaders are the backbone of sustainable organizations.”

The CareerTech Women in Leadership program is intended to create a professional learning community that maximizes leadership opportunities for women in CareerTech education. It has three objectives:

  • Empower women in CareerTech education to develop the strategies and skills to be more effective leaders.
  • Provide opportunities to share leadership insights and compare experiences with women in CareerTech education and their champions.
  • Address organizational and personal challenges by women leaders.

Tulsa Tech Destination 2020 visits ODCTE

It was great to have the Tulsa Tech Destination 2020 group spend some time at the state agency on Thursday. The group spent time learning about all the different facets of CareerTech and the role of the state agency in moving CareerTech forward for Oklahoma.


Tri County Technology Center receives two national accreditations

Tri County Technology Center has been recognized by National Institute for Metalworking Skills and Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation for accreditation in specific program areas.

NIMS acknowledged that Tri County’s precision machining operations program has achieved the highest benchmark possible for an American metalworking training program. Also, GAERF has awarded the PrintEd accreditation to Tri County’s introduction to graphic communications and digital file preparation and output programs.

Congratulations to Tri County for these accomplishments.


Business Professionals of America has been making a difference since 1966

The mission of CareerTech student organization Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.

BPA is committed to developing the best possible career and technology education organization for students in the United States. Success is measured by the perception that Business Professionals of America alumni are highly competent and skilled workforce professionals who enable business and industry to maintain the economic vitality and high quality of life associated with our celebrated United States of America.

Oklahoma BPA has 5,304 members.

BPA is the CTSO for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.


ODCTE offers more OK Career Guide training

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Career and Academic Connections Division is offering hands-on training sessions in March and April for OK Career Guide.

OK Career Guide is an online tool to help Oklahomans explore and plan their futures. It offers opportunities to take assessments, identify occupations, establish education plans and connect to employers. The training sessions are designed for teachers and counselors to help them lead their students in using the website.

Sessions will be March 22 and March 25 at ODCTE in Stillwater, and April 6 at Tulsa Technology Center’s Peoria Campus. Registration is available online for each session: March 22, March 25 and April 6.

For more information about OK Career Guide, visit or


U.S. Department of Education issues CTE Makeover Challenge

The following notice was published Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education:

“The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) is announcing the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge (the Challenge), a prize competition funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV or Act). The Challenge calls upon eligible high schools to design models of makerspaces that strengthen career and technical skills through making (models of CTE makerspaces). For the purposes of this notice, (1) ‘makerspace,’ a formalized space for making, is an environment and facility that provides resources, materials, and equipment for students to conceive, create, collaborate, and learn through making; and (2) ‘making’ refers to a hands-on learning approach that encourages students to imagine, create, tinker, and learn through the process of manufacturing, testing, and demonstrating their ideas. Through making, CTE educators enable students to immerse themselves in problem-solving and the continuous refinement of their products while learning essential 21st-century career skills, such as critical thinking, planning, and communication. The Department is seeking models of CTE makerspaces across a wide range of facility types, such as classrooms, libraries, and mobile spaces, that it can share with educators to encourage the creation of affordable, scalable, and replicable makerspaces.”

You can find the challenge at


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

Oklahoma Works

CareerTech Foundation

BPA conference

SREB and Senator Halligan

T&I Day at the Capitol

Majority group meeting

Tech center superintendents meeting

Aviation meeting


Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill
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