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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-5-23

OK Career Guide celebrates successful inaugural year; CareerTech customizes training to meet the needs of Tinker AFB; Oklahoma FFA Foundation executive director to retire in June 2017; Francis Tuttle Tech student writes blog post for PLTW; Professional development for project-based learning set; Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference registration is now open; useful links; and CareerTech events.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-5-23

OK Career Guide's inaugural year has been very successful.

OK Career Guide celebrates successful inaugural year

Thank you for making OK Career Guide's inaugural year a success!

Since launching in August 2015, Oklahoma Career Guide is used in 858 sites across the state. More than 55,000 users have engaged this new, powerful system and completed more than 106,000 assessments.

This would not be possible without you.

What’s ahead for OK Career Guide?

  • This fall, teachers will be able to help secondary students with their individual career plans using the education plans feature in OK Career Guide.
  • Also, Oklahoma CareerTech and Kuder Inc. are making it easy for students to get connected and transition to postsecondary institutions, a free component of OK Career Guide.
  • Parents can also get involved. The parents portal in OK Career Guide is live, so parents can easily access their students’ information.


CareerTech customizes training to meet the needs of Tinker AFB

Through the coordination of technology centers in the Oklahoma City area, Oklahoma CareerTech has developed curriculum in four specialties for new Tinker Air Force Base employees who don’t have any aerospace maintenance experience.

The courses -- aircraft electrician, aircraft systems, jet engines and aircraft structures -- are designed to teach individuals basic aerospace maintenance concepts, systems and tools so their on-the-job training is possible without serious delay for their positions as helpers.

The curriculum has been used to train 179 people, with a projected 400 people to be trained this year.


Oklahoma FFA Foundation executive director to retire in June 2017

Kendall Brashears, executive director of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, has announced his retirement for June 1, 2017.

Brashears has gone above and beyond for Oklahoma FFA. He is a true advocate for Oklahoma FFA. His time, dedication and determination as executive director is evident in the many lives the foundation has positively affected through his leadership. He is a true champion for CareerTech.

The Oklahoma FFA Foundation Board of Directors has approved a succession plan. A job announcement for an assistant executive director of the FFA Foundation is located at This contract position begins Jan. 1, 2017.


Francis Tuttle Tech student writes blog post for PLTW

Francis Tuttle Technology Center student Santina Cherian is featured on Project Lead The Way’s website with a blog post she wrote for the site.

Cherian is a senior at Deer Creek High School and a third-year student in Francis Tuttle Tech’s Biosciences and Medicine Academy. She is also the National HOSA Region 1 vice president.

Her PLTW guest post, “Falling in Love with Science,” can be found at


Professional development for project-based learning set

CareerTech is offering two camps in June for teachers to learn strategies on implementing project based learning in their classrooms.

We are offering our third STEAMmaker Camp and introducing Girls Coding. These camps are being offered at no cost to instructors and students that they bring with them.

For each camp, teachers must apply and commit to attending the entire camp. Teachers who attend will receive high-quality and immersive professional development and get to put strategies they learn into practice immediately with their students, who get to attend a cool summer camp.

For more information about

STEAMmaker Camp, visit For more information about Girls Coding, visit


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 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

Project Lead The Way Professional Development, June 5-17

Teacher Institute 2015-16 Cohort, June 6

Teaching to Lead 2015-16 Cohort, June 6

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