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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-6-27

Oklahoma SkillsUSA students dominate at the largest SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference; HOSA students compete at the International Leadership Conference; member awards breakfast added to Summer Conference; Summer camps spark students' interest across state; polyester to protect new agriculture curriculum; CareerTech awards approximately $3.5 million in lottery fund grants to CareerTech programs; useful links; and CareerTech events.

Oklahoma SkillsUSA students dominate at the largest SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

Oklahoma had a delegation of 389 strong participating in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. It was the largest SkillsUSA NLSC ever and a conference for the record books for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma students won 72 medals, the most the state has ever won, and was also the best of all the states.

Four Oklahoma students were elected as national officers: Allie Webb, Autry Tech, postsecondary national officer; Madison Roller, Indian Capital Tech-Muskogee, postsecondary national officer; Tanner Weston, Mid-America Tech, secondary national officer; and Mackenzie Oestreich, Tulsa Tech-Peoria, secondary national officer.

Two Oklahoma alumni were elected to the National SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Board, and one Oklahoma chapter earned the Chapter of Excellence Award.

“Never before has our state achieved so much at one NLSC in our 52-year history. This is truly one for the record books,” said Darren Gibson, Oklahoma SkillsUSA state adviser.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants who represented Oklahoma exceptionally well. I also want to send a special thank you to all of the business and industry partners that help to make the conference a reality for our students and prepare them for our future workforce.


HOSA students compete at the International Leadership Conference

Oklahoma HOSA won 52 first, second and third place honors at the International Leadership Conference.

Students won 26 first places, 21 second places and five third places. An additional 40 students placed in the top 10. They were competing in postsecondary, secondary and middle school categories against 7,000 students from across the country.

HOSA has more than 200,000 members in approximately 4,100 chartered chapters in 53 state associations, including American Samoa, Canada, Germany, Guam, Italy, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Oklahoma has a membership of more than 6,000, including middle school, secondary, postsecondary and collegiate students; professional members; and alumni members.

HOSA’s mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.


Member awards breakfast added to Summer Conference

Summer Conference will include an awards breakfast this year to recognize CareerTech educators in Oklahoma.

The following awards will be presented at the breakfast:

  • Support Staff of the Year.
  • New Teacher of the Year.
  • Postsecondary Teacher of the Year.
  • Teacher of the Year.
  • New Professional.
  • Kaleidoscope Award.
  • Career Guidance Award.
  • Carl Perkins Community Service Awards.
  • Administrator of the Year.

The breakfast will highlight in greater detail the achievements of each of the nominees and the winners. All nominees will be on stage during the breakfast and their bios will be read at the breakfast, and the winners will be announced.

We will continue to highlight our winners in the first general session at 10 a.m. The winners will be announced and their names will run across the screen as they cross the stage with their award.

Tickets to the breakfast are $30. Nominees may attend for free. Those buying tickets for the breakfast will have special seating at tables on the convention floor. Anyone who wants to attend the awards program but not eat breakfast can do so for free and will have seating in the bleachers.

Tickets must be purchased as part of your Summer Conference registration. They are limited and will not be sold at Summer Conference.


Summer camps spark students' interest across state

Raspberry PiCAD summer camp
Indian Capital Technology Center-Muskogee hosted a Raspberry PiCAD summer camp for eighth- and ninth-grade students. They explored information technology and computer aided drafting.
Dead Man Trail summer camp
Indian Capital Technology Center-Muskogee hosted Dead Man Trail summer camp for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students. They explored the Biomedical Academy and sports medicine program. They investigated a medical mystery, determining what happened to a body found by hikers.
Technology centers across Oklahoma have been holding summer camps for students. At Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee, for example, students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades can participate in information technology, computer-aided drafting, biomedical and sports medicine camps. The students discover the importance of geometry, detailed measurements and scientific skills to construct multipart assemblies with movement.


Polyester to protect new agriculture curriculum

To better withstand the rigors of the agricultural education classroom, CIMC is covering its latest releases with PoliPrint, a polyester paper.

According to its manufacturer, PoliPrint is washable, waterproof, and tear-proof. In other words, it’s ideal for the covers of curriculum.

The new paper is in response to the teachers’ requests for more durable covers, said Jamie Church, instructional development specialist in CIMC. The sturdy polyester-based covers appear on the revised editions of “Agriscience Explorations” and “Introduction to Agriscience,” two of the most popular products CIMC produces.


CareerTech awards approximately $3.5 million in lottery fund grants to CareerTech programs

Oklahoma CareerTech has awarded approximately $3.5 million in lottery funds to 125 CareerTech programs for the 2016-17 school year and awarded 425 teacher scholarships with the FY 16 lottery fund allocation.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education receives almost 5 percent of the Oklahoma Lottery Education Trust Fund, which it uses to help CareerTech programs in comprehensive schools and technology centers upgrade equipment and to provide scholarships to educators for professional development and to continue their own education. In FY 16, Oklahoma CareerTech received $3,595,279 in lottery funds.

The lottery funds provide an opportunity for resources to be placed directly in the classroom. It directly benefits the students of Oklahoma and provides our instructors with resources to enrich their classrooms. The scholarships allow us to invest in CareerTech educators as they continue their professional careers.

Oklahoma CareerTech uses 90 percent of the funds for program advancement and 10 percent for scholarships for continuing education and professional development for CareerTech educators.


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 Human Body Systems-Biomedical Innovation, June 20-July 1

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

National TSA Conference, June 28-July 2

State Holiday -- Independence Day, July 4

Project Lead The Way Gateway To Technology-Energy and the Environment, July 6-8

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it. – Michael Jordan


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