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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-7-11

CareerTech Testing will offer new assessments beginning Aug. 1; CareerTech Hall of Fame inductee honored at National FCCLA conference; Oklahoma FCCLA brings home gold medals from National Leadership Conference; Retiree turns hobby into a career with the help of Metro Tech; ODCTE staff members receive national award; CareerTech Foundation sets golf tournament; Summer Conference early registration ends July 15; useful links; and CareerTech events.

CareerTech Testing will offer new assessments beginning Aug. 1

Oklahoma CareerTech will offer two new assessments starting in August: Employability Skills and Law Enforcement I.

Employability Skills is a two-part series that focuses on the soft skills necessary to succeed in the workplace (workplace readiness skills), as well as the skills required to locate and keep a job (job seeking and retention skills). These exams provide a tool for measuring a student’s understanding of the soft skills employers seek in potential candidates, tools available for finding a job and effective communication through all channels within the workplace.

Law Enforcement I is aligned with the Law Enforcement I curriculum developed by CIMC. It is designed to help students prepare for a career in law enforcement by understanding ethics, criminal justice system, communication skills, constitutional law and more.

Please remember that these assessments and many more are free to all Oklahoma CareerTech programs.


CareerTech Hall of Fame inductee honored at National FCCLA conference

Bea Paul
Bea Paul
Former Autry Technology Center employee Bea Paul was awarded the National Honorary Membership Award at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference July 7 in San Diego, California. The FCCLA National Honorary Membership Award recognizes people whose professional responsibilities are not directly related to the organization but who have made outstanding contributions and provide continuing service to the national organization.

Paul graduated from Newkirk (Oklahoma) High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University. She was an Oklahoma Cooperative Extension agent before accepting a home economics teaching position at Chisholm High School, where she was also an FCCLA adviser, 4-H leader and Honor Society sponsor. She taught 15 years before joining Autry Technology Center to develop and implement the Displaced Homemaker Program.

Paul earned a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she also served as an adjunct instructor.

In 1992, she came back to Autry where she became the job developer.

Paul has received numerous awards and honors including the OSU Distinguished Human Sciences Alumni Award, the Oklahoma Home Economics Teacher of the Year Award, and the FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award. She was also named the National and Oklahoma ACTE Educator of the Year. In October 2015, Paul was inducted into the CareerTech Hall of Fame.

From Autry Technology Center


Oklahoma FCCLA brings home gold medals from National Leadership Conference

Oklahoma FCCLA brought home 88 gold, 52 silver and six bronze medals from the National Leadership Conference the first week of July.

Oklahoma FCCLA members also received national recognition:

  • Lauren Cole -- elected national vice president of public relations.
  • Marty Curry, principal, Sterling High School -- National School Administrator Award.
  • Bea Paul, retired FACS -- National Honorary Member.
  • Karin Davis, Tulsa Tech -- National Distinguished Service Award.
  • Joni Gullick, Heavener -- Ray Virginia Allen State President’s Scholarship.
  • Gabi Cutruzzula, Drummond -- Prestige Scholarship.
  • Caney FCCLA -- runner-up for STOP the Violence and Student Body national programs.
  • Oklahoma FCCLA -- Ultimate Image Award, chosen by National Board of Directors and given to the state that displays a professional appearance throughout the conference.
  • Oklahoma FCCLA -- first place Culinary Arts, Interior Design and Parliamentary Procedure teams in the nation.

FCCLA is a national career and technical student organization in family and consumer sciences education in school through grade 12. The organization has more than 160,000 members in more than 5,400 chapters across the country. Oklahoma has 393 FCCLA chapters with 12,223 members.


Retiree turns hobby into a career with the help of Metro Tech

Treva McNeill
Treva McNeill creates an arrangement in her florist shop.
Oklahoma City Public Schools Star Spencer High School graduate Treva McNeill turned a hobby into her own business through the horticulture program at Metro Technology Centers.

“I’ve always been an artsy crafty type of person. I made floral arrangements and decorations for family events and weddings, but I disliked buying supplies and not knowing the proper lingo for different types of arrangements,” she said.

A retired Transportation Security Administration agent, McNeill enrolled in the horticulture program at Metro Tech to put book knowledge and professional techniques behind her passion for floral design. While in the program, she won first place in floral arranging at the SkillsUSA state competition.

After graduating from the program, she opened The Floral Chateau, a small flower shop that offers custom and traditional arrangements for all occasions. When a customer requests a certain type of arrangement, McNeill knows what she’s doing and what she’s talking about.

“I display my state champion banner to remind myself that with a little bit of passion and love, a person can accomplish anything,” she said. “Metro Tech gave me the knowledge and skill set to back up my passion and talent.”

She said she plans to continue improving her skills and eventually expand her business to add more employees.

From Metro Technology Centers


ODCTE staff members receive national award

The Oklahoma CareerTech Communications and Marketing and Creative Services divisions recently received a 2016 National School Public Relations Association Golden Achievement Award for the Making a Difference – Oklahoma CareerTech campaign.

The Golden Achievement Award recognizes exemplary work in all aspects of school public relations, communications, marketing and engagement. Each entry is judged individually against the contest criteria, not against other entries.

The campaign features the seven CareerTech student organizations, highlighting student successes and the impact instructors make on students’ lives.

Read more about the campaign at


CareerTech Foundation sets golf tournament

The CareerTech Foundation Golf Tournament will kick-off at 8 a.m. July 31 on the Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

This tournament is the sole fundraising event for the foundation’s CareerTech Teacher Recruitment and Retention Scholarship. It is also a great opportunity for CareerTech golfers, friends and supporters from around the state to get together prior to Summer Conference. You do not need to be an avid golfer to play; just be ready to have a great time and support a worthy cause.

The registration form and more tournament details can be found on Foundation’s website. Contact LaMecia Stidham if you have additional questions.


Summer Conference early registration ends July 15

Char-Broil gas grillDon’t miss out on the opportunity to register for the 49th Annual Career and Technology Education Summer Conference at a cost of $50. The registration cost will increase to $70 after July 15.

All payments must be electronically or physically received in the OkACTE office by close of business on July 15 to receive the early bird registration cost of $50.

Everyone who registers by noon July 15 will be included in OkACTE final drawing for a Char-Broil gas grill. 

For questions about your payment, contact the OkACTE office, 405-525-8906.

49th annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference, Making A Difference, Aug. 1-2, 2016, Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center


Useful links

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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 Introduction to Engineering Design -- Environmental Sustainability -- Engineering Design and Development -- Gateway To Technology Design and Modeling, July 10-15

Trade and Industrial Education New Teacher Academy, July 12-14

Family and Consumer Sciences Education New Teacher Academy, July 18-20

Project Lead The Way Introduction to Engineering Design -- Environmental Sustainability -- Engineering Design and Development -- Gateway To Technology Automation and Robotics -- Gateway To Technology Medical Detectives, July 18-22

No matter how your story began, it can have a powerful ending that impacts the world for generations to come. -- Unknown
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