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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-5-9

Janet Smith to join Oklahoma CareerTech board; National Technical Honor Society students offered scholarship opportunity at OSU-OKC; Eastern Oklahoma County Tech works with CareerTech Foundation; Big rig vehicle rescue training held at WTC; Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference registration now open; Regional coordinators visit Choctaw High School CareerTech program; useful links; and CareerTech events.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-5-9

Eastern Oklahoma County Tech students printed and installed the vinyl wall covering for the CareerTech Hall of Fame honor wall.

Janet Smith to join Oklahoma CareerTech board

The governor has appointed Janet Smith to the State Board of Career and Technology Education.

Smith will serve a six-year term beginning April 2 and expiring April 1, 2022. She represents Congressional District 1, replacing H.C. “Will” Williams, and will serve as a business executive with policy-making authority for a business or industry located in the state. Smith is the manager of economic development for Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

Senate confirmation is required for this appointment.


National Technical Honor Society students offered scholarship opportunity at OSU-OKC

Members of the National Technical Honor Society have the opportunity to win a $1,000 tuition waiver to attend Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and OSU-OKC announced the opportunity for students to apply for two $1,000 tuition waivers. Students must be active members of an Oklahoma NTHS chapter, be admitted to OSU-OKC and complete an OSU-OKC scholarship application.


Eastern Oklahoma County Tech works with CareerTech Foundation

EOC students recently printed a vinyl wall covering featuring an Oklahoma CareerTech historical timeline and installed it on the CareerTech Hall of Fame honor wall at ODCTE. The timeline and honor wall was designed by the Creative Services and Communications and Marketing divisions of ODCTE.

The Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation works to support student opportunities and success through a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The Oklahoma CareerTech System offers programs and services across the state through technology center districts, comprehensive school districts and Skills Center campuses. As the private fundraising organization for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the CareerTech Foundation exists for uniting donor and CareerTech passions and priorities to achieve excellence.

The foundation manages donor dollars to provide the most advanced educational opportunities available to students, instructors, staff and friends of the CareerTech System. From scholarships to community programs, CareerTech donors generously support the spirit and tradition of CareerTech.

The foundation works with CareerTech to identify and pursue opportunities that align with the CareerTech mission: “We prepare Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education and in life.”
Through generous support, scholarships exist for students who wish to pursue or continue their education. Aid is also available for those who wish to teach within the CareerTech System. Through foundation efforts, opportunities to give are aligned with the interests of individuals and corporations looking for an opportunity to help Oklahomans.


Big rig vehicle rescue training held at WTC

The Elk City campus of Western Technology Center hosted Vehicle Rescue Technician Level II training, also known as Big Rig Rescue, in April.

Big Rig Rescue is designed to test participants’ abilities to think outside the box and mitigate hazards associated with large machinery and trucks. The course focused on advanced stabilization practices that would be used to secure the scene of a major accident. Stabilizing vehicles or equipment involved in an incident prevents further injury to the victims and injury to emergency responders.

Sixteen firefighters from Anadarko, Canute, Clinton, Custer City, Elk City, Flat Rock, Glencoe and Sayre participated in the two-day class.

The training was unique because area wrecker services participated. Wrecker services play a key role in stabilizing incident scenes and clearing debris to open roads after incidents. The firefighters worked closely with tow drivers in three different scenarios. Albert’s Truck Service of Weatherford, Arrow Wrecker Service of Oklahoma City, Cavin Wrecker Service of El Reno, Haines Wrecker Service of Elk City and Steve’s Diesel Service of Elk City all participated in the advanced training.

Danny Britton, WTC Elk City campus director and retired captain with the Elk City Fire Department, said the training was like nothing he had ever experienced.

“In my 22 years of service, we rarely trained with the local tow drivers. This was great training for both the firefighters and the wrecker services. By training together, firefighters and wrecker services gained knowledge they will use to help save lives and make the accident scene safe and clear the roadway sooner,” he said.

From Western Technology Center


Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference registration 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


Regional coordinators visit Choctaw High School CareerTech program

The Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Regional Coordinators team enjoyed visiting the Choctaw High School CareerTech Biomedical Sciences Program during its April meeting. Paula Sendall is the STEM teacher who welcomed team members to her classroom.

Oklahoma CareerTech STEM Gateway To Technology, biomedical science, biotechnology, pre-engineering or computer science are for students who like being challenged, working with robotics and animation, solving problems and investigating something new.

During the past five years, enrollments have more than doubled in CareerTech STEM academies – from more than 7,000 to nearly 15,000 for Oklahoma students from middle school through seniors in high school.


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

ABE 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

Nothing is too small to know, and nothing is too big to attempt. – William Van Horne
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