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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-6-20

Tulsa Technology Center students take first place in engineering design contest; CareerTech’s Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network making a difference for landowners, conservation; register for Summer Conference now; TechCAP registration open; useful links; and CareerTech events.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-6-20

Tulsa Tech students won first place in the 2016 Oklahoma Engineering Design Competition.

Tulsa Technology Center students take first place in engineering design contest

A Tulsa Technology Center team won first place in an Oklahoma State University engineering design contest.

The students, Zachary Anderson, Josh Ivey, Kaitlin Ragosta and William Crawford, placed first with their project, “Water Transportation and Quality,” in the 2016 Oklahoma Engineering Design Competition.

The competition is administered by the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology for students enrolled in a Project Lead The Way capstone course, Engineering Design and Development. Thirty teams competed, and 19 were recognized as submitting exemplary projects. Two teams were honored June 3.

Each Tulsa Tech student on the winning team won a $1,000 OSU CEAT scholarship.

Pictured with them are Robin Schott, PLTW West Central Region vice president, and Michael Carolina, Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology executive director.


CareerTech’s Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network making a difference for landowners, conservation

Oklahoma CareerTech received a letter praising the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network from Rylan West, the Natural Resources Conservation Service district conservationist in the Kay County Conservation District:

I would like to express my appreciation of how much help Dawn Brakey has been to the farmers and ranchers in Kay County. The Natural Resources Conservation Service program participants are required to get a DUNS and Bradstreet number and register in SAMS if they are operating under an EIN. Dawn has been able to assist these landowners obtain the numbers and also helps them update yearly as required. These contracts have a total of over $500,000, and thousands of acres of conservation has taken place in Kay County. Conservation dollars are very unique for the economics of a community in that they are turned over numerous times within the community.

Dawn has been a tremendous help to the farmers and ranchers of Kay County; her service is greatly appreciated.


Rylan West

District Conservationist


Register for Summer Conference now

Summer Conference is quickly approaching. This year’s conference will be Aug. 1-2 in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center. OkACTE started a registration drive June 1 that includes prizes and incentives to those who register early. This includes chances to win gift cards, gas cards and even an outdoor grill.

For more information on Summer Conference or to register, visit and click on the “Early Bird Registration” link. The earlier you register, the more prizes you are eligible for.


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.


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

Project Lead The Way Aerospace Engineering-Computer Science Principles, June 19-24

Project Lead The Way Human Body Systems-Biomedical Innovation, June 20-July 1

HOSA National Leadership Conference, June 22-25

Project Lead The Way Computer Science Principles, June 27-July 1

National TSA Conference, June 28-July 2

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