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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-7-18

CareerTech Skills Centers program receives national certification; 37 instructors earn 70 Certiport certifications; Oklahoma FFA participates in FFA Washington Leadership Conference; CareerTech Foundation sets golf tournament; useful links; CareerTech events.

CareerTech Skills Centers program receives national certification

The Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center automotive academy received its NATEF AST certification June 30.

Three instructors, Jeremie Moore, Rodney Duncan and Robert Holt, teach the program’s three classes: engine performance, steering suspension and brakes and transmission repair. In the last year they have not only made use of the state competency testing but also have implemented ASE student testing. Their students have passed 129 ASE student tests in all automotive repair areas.

The automotive academy serves more than 40 students annually and averages 90 percent positive placement with an average starting wage of $13.12 per hour.

The CareerTech Skills Centers School System is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Skills centers specialize in delivering career and technology education to inmates under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and juveniles under the supervision of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. The Skills Centers division is also responsible for Oklahoma’s secondary dropout recovery initiatives.

A successful transition from corrections to the workplace can mean a life of success for ex-offenders. To prepare offenders for successful transition, the Skills Centers School System integrates career and technology education, employability and life skills. Skills centers students may seek certifications recognized by both state and national industries and may secure Career Readiness Certificates to document work readiness skills that many business and industry employers seek.

The system provides students with numerous interconnected and integrated components, each an integral part of preparing offenders for success in the workplace and in society.


37 instructors earn 70 Certiport certifications

Certiport provided training and testing opportunities in June for business, marketing and IT education instructors at three technology centers: Tulsa Technology Center – Peoria Campus, Francis Tuttle Technology Center – Rockwell Campus and Kiamichi Technology Center – Durant Campus.

During the morning sessions, Janette Sayer, Certiport territory manager, assisted by Justin Baker, provided statistical evidence for industry certifications and links to access the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service and universities that accept these certifications for college credit.

The instructors received training on GMetrix and LearnKey, which enabled them to experience how students could best prepare for the testing. Each afternoon, time was provided for instructors to take up to three different certifications for free. Thirty-seven instructors earned a total of 70 Certiport certifications during the workshops.

“It was great to work with these instructors, and I’m sure they agree that validation of skills utilizing an industry certification will help their students prepare for college and/or the workforce,” Sayer said. “In today’s competitive market, being able to add these credentials to their resume and earn college credit will set them up for success.”


Oklahoma FFA participates in FFA Washington Leadership Conference

Oklahoma FFA
Oklahoma FFA members attended the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Oklahoma FFA took 208 members to the FFA Washington Leadership Conference, the most Oklahoma members who have ever attended in one summer since WLC began at the national level in 1969.

They attended one of two weeks, June 5-13 or June 19-27. During their time in Washington, D.C., they toured the capital’s landmarks, including the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol.

Oklahoma FFA
Oklahoma FFA members attended the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
They also met with the Oklahoma legislative delegation. Each of Oklahoma’s senators and representatives attended at least one week, and most attended both weeks.

Students focused in identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training to help guide their local chapters. The last morning, students developed a community service plan that could be implemented in their hometowns while participating in a service learning project in the Washington, D.C., area.

The Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association has been a huge sponsor of this event since the early 1980s. Nearly 50 scholarships worth $56,000 were awarded this year so students could attend WLC. These scholarships were made possible through the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association and through corporate and individual giving through the Oklahoma FFA Foundation.


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.

 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

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

Business, Marketing and IT Education Teacher Academy, July 19-21

Teacher Institute 2016-17 Cohort, July 25-29

Project Lead The Way Introduction to Computer Science, July 25-30

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