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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-4-25

Metro Tech receives Community Impact Award; CareerTech launching new email communications system; Oklahoma FFA members receive National FFA Foundation scholarships; BMITE students win state workplace safety video awards; record number of honor graduates attend KTC-Idabel; useful links; and CareerTech events.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-4-25

Metro Tech recently received a Community Impact Award from the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium.

Metro Tech receives Community Impact Award

Metro Tech was one of three schools honored by the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium for the Community Impact Award on April 14.

Law Enforcement Program student Andrea Wood sang “Oklahoma” at the beginning of the awards program.

The Community Impact Award recognizes the ability to engage students and faculty in initiatives that significantly promote ethical behavior on Oklahoma campuses.

Metro Tech is a longtime member of OK Ethics and attends monthly forums that inspire ongoing commitment to ethical behavior. Businesses provide opportunities for students to attend and network with business leaders during the monthly sessions.

As a commitment to Metro Tech’s commitment to setting and maintaining ethical standards, Bertha Robinson, Billie Smith and Brenda Anderson attended a workshop in February with the aim of starting a high school ethics team, and David Martin has agreed to lead a team. As observers for the first event on April 23 at the University of Oklahoma, the students will be prepared to represent MTC next year.

Congratulations to our workforce, students and partners.


CareerTech launching new email communications system

As part of a statewide agreement with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, ODCTE is gearing up to launch an email communications system through GovDelivery.

The system includes unlimited email sends and subscribers, customized email templates, social media integration and analytics. GovDelivery is providing digitally designed materials to help website visitors enroll from the home page and news page.

ODCTE is piloting the system with the Communications and Marketing, Lifelong Learning, Career and Academic Connections, Testing and CIMC divisions before expanding the system to other divisions.

To see the subscription box, go to Emails sent to subscribers will include “” in the “from” field.


Oklahoma FFA members receive National FFA Foundation scholarships

The National FFA Foundation presented scholarships worth $113,000 to 96 Oklahoma FFA members this year.

Built Ford Tough/Oklahoma Ford Dealers sponsored 72 of the scholarships, each of which was worth $1,000.


BMITE students win state workplace safety video awards

Six CareerTech business, marketing and information technology education students won awards for their Speak Out for Workplace Safety videos. The awards were presented by Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Melissa Houston and the Oklahoma Safety Council.

BMITE students winning awards were Bailey Thompson and Eva Sparks of Norman North High School, first; Anthony Henderson of High Plains Technology Center, third; and Will Ellison, Jarrod Erwin and Bryan Nordstrom of Latta High School, who tied for fourth. Other recipients were Taylor Ham, Chloe Hughes and Trace Ham of Mooreland High School, third; and Quinton Broyles, Robert Anderson and Trevor Riggs of Muldrow High School, who tied for fourth.

Speak Out for Workplace Safety is a video contest that allows teachers to educate their classes about job rights and responsibilities while encouraging their students to enter a public service announcement video about workplace safety. The award-winning student-produced videos are presented at the state Capitol and used throughout the year to teach other teens about safety on the job.

The contest is a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Labor and the Oklahoma Safety Council, as well as DUIT Holdings Inc., Oklahoma One-Call System Inc., the Association of Oklahoma General contractors and KO Huts Inc., who serve as corporate sponsors.


Record number of honor graduates attend KTC-Idabel

Fifteen senior honor graduates were enrolled at Kiamichi Technology Centers-Idabel Campus this school year, a record number for the campus.

At least one honor graduate, valedictorian or salutatorian from each of the eight partner schools attends KTC. They were recently honored with a luncheon and presented to the KTC Board of Education.

The honor graduates are Traeton Dansby, culinary arts, Valliant; Benjamin Heymann and Austin Bullard, both pre-engineering, Wright City; Brasen Raney, Zachary Smith, Samuel McAtee and Jonathon Flores, all pre-engineering, Idabel; Jackie Nguyen, pre-engineering, Broken Bow; Jorge Morales, pre-engineering, Idabel; Brittani Thompson, pre-engineering, Valliant; Ashley Springs, masonry, Idabel; Ana-Julissa Gomez, pre-engineering, Haworth; Seinanna Denton, cosmetology, Smithville; Stephanie Ferguson, health careers, Battiest; and Katherine Farley, health careers, Eagletown.


Useful links

CareerTech Events

  • DECA International Career Development Conference, April 23-26
  • Southwest Oklahoma Procurement Outreach, April 26
  • Student Services Endorsement Program, April 28-29
  • Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference, May 5-9
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Development, May 24-26
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