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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-5-16

CareerTech assisting individuals preparing to leave military service; TechCAP registration open; Tecumseh agricultural education teacher to receive 2016 Maurice Walraven Award; Girls Coding will challenge students, teachers and promote nontraditional careers; Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference registration is now open; useful links; and CareerTech events.

CareerTech assisting individuals preparing to leave military service

For more than a year, CareerTech state staff members have been delivering transition briefings to Fort Sill soldiers who are preparing to leave military service.

Each week, approximately 50 new men and women from all ranks go through a weeklong transition training program that includes briefings on topics such as budgeting, job search skills, etc. During these briefings, CareerTech staff members are invited to deliver a brief summary of resources available in Oklahoma to aid the soldiers’ transitions and to help them see job opportunities in the state.

For more military resources from Oklahoma CareerTech, visit


TechCAP registration open

We are excited to announce that applications for the next Technology Center Administrator Program class are being accepted.

TechCAP provides opportunities to individuals in the CareerTech System to establish, continue or advance their technology center administrative careers and increase their knowledge of the CareerTech System. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, network with administrators and other content experts from across the state, gain hands-on experiences in the different functions of the technology centers and visit technology centers around the state. All projects and agenda items incorporate a superintendent’s or a campus director’s point of view.
Participants selected must be employed by a technology center or the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech, be a current or potential technology center or skills center administrator and be able to attend all sessions.

The application deadline is July 8. Visit the TechCAP website or contact LaMecia Stidham for more program details.


Tecumseh agricultural education teacher to receive 2016 Maurice Walraven Award

Tecumseh agricultural education teacher Kendall Whittington will receive the Maurice Walraven Award during the annual Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration conference in June.

Whittington has designed attachments for wheelchairs that allow students in wheelchairs to exhibit livestock in the show ring. Through his efforts to design and fabricate the devices, student can exhibit their livestock independently in the show area.

Congratulations to Mr. Whittington for making a difference in students’ lives.


Girls Coding will challenge students, teachers and promote nontraditional careers

Girls Coding is coming to Oklahoma City June 13-15.

Oklahoma teachers and students will get the chance to learn to code at a camp conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Oklahoma CareerTech is teaming up with Kelly McCall, affiliate and trainer, to offer a three-day camp.

Girls Coding is an opportunity for female students to be introduced to coding in a fun atmosphere, said Jeremy Zweiacker, nontraditional coordinator at ODCTE.

Teams of two teachers and five students entering grades seven through 10 will be introduced to coding and learn how to incorporate coding into the curriculum.

The camps will highlight nontraditional career options, and workers in nontraditional careers will speak. The camps will give teachers strategies to present nontraditional careers to students.

The camps are open to all Oklahoma technology centers and school districts that send students to tech centers, Zweiacker said.

“We are encouraging people from all different parts of the state to sign up so we can spread the impact. Teachers do not specifically need to be currently teaching coding but need to have a desire to bring coding into their classroom,” he said.

The camp will be June 13-15 at Metro Technology Centers' Springlake Campus, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City. Teachers will come the first day to learn about project-based learning, be introduced to coding and get ready for the remainder of camp. During the next two days, teachers will bring students and apply what they learned the first day in a classroom setting.

There is no cost for students or teachers to attend the camp.

More information and the application can be found at


Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference registration is now open

Plans are well underway for the 49th Annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference. If you haven’t yet registered, please go to

If you have any questions regarding registration or need technical assistance while registering, please contact the OkACTE office at 405-525-8906 or

You can keep up with information about Summer Conference with text messages, the OkACTE app and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For OkACTE texting, members can text “OKACTE” to 95577 to enroll in text messaging notifications. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Anyone can visit the Google Play or the App Store to download the free mobile app, OkACTE. It will include 2016 Summer Conference information: the schedule of events, division agendas and more. OkACTE will use the app year-round to give members an alternative way of receiving updates and information.

Find OkACTE on Twitter at @OkACTE, on Facebook at OkACTE and on Instagram at okacte.


Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech.

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Adult Basic Education Foundations newsletters

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum


CareerTech Events

Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Development, May 24-26

State Holiday -- Memorial Day, May 30

Teacher Institute 2015-16 Cohort, June 6

Teaching to Lead 2015-16 Cohort, June 6

STEAMMaker Camp, June 7-10

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