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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-8-22

Continuing Teacher Academy set for Sept. 14; FCCLA students receive awards at national conference; Central Tech grad a top 10 finalist in national truck driving contest; Bob Funk recognized as ACTE 2017 Business Leader of the Year; useful links; and CareerTech events.

Continuing Teacher Academy set for Sept. 14

The registration deadline is quickly approaching for the Continuing Teacher Academy. These sessions are designed for both new and experienced teachers, coordinators and trainers looking for strategies in classroom management, student engagement, cooperative learning, the latest information for CTSOs, learning styles and more.

Registration is $30 for the day, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. New teachers are strongly encouraged to attend, but all teachers are welcome to join the session Sept. 14 at Moore Norman Technology Center’s South Penn Campus. The registration deadline is Sept. 9. We look forward to sharing best practices in education.

Please note that ODCTE divisions responsible for teacher training have concentrated their professional development into these dates and aren’t planning to offer additional days.

For more information, go to


FCCLA students receive awards at national conference

Oklahoma FCCLA members brought home 146 STAR Event medals from the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Diego, California.

Oklahoma received 88 gold, 52 silver and six bronze medals for their mastery of event specifications. They were among 4,500 participants in 31 different STAR Events. STAR Events are designed to support and enhance college and career-readiness skills such as leadership, management and problem-solving skills.

FCCLA is a CareerTech student organization affiliated with family and consumer sciences education.


Central Tech grad a top 10 finalist in national truck driving contest

Robyn Hyde
Central Tech grad Robyn Hyde is a top 10 finalist in a truck driving contest.
Robyn Hyde, who graduated from Central Technology Center’s truck driver training program in January 2015, is a top 10 finalist in the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award.

She will represent MSR Transport at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas in August and has a chance to win a brand new Kenworth T680. The focus of the event is military veterans and their transition into the trucking industry.

Central Tech was mentioned in Hyde’s essay and nomination packet.

For more information about the event, visit and


Bob Funk recognized as ACTE 2017 Business Leader of the Year

Bob Funk
ACTE named Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk the 2017 Business Leader of the Year.
Bob Funk, founder, CEO and chairman of Express Employment Professionals, has been named the 2017 Business Leader of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education.

The award celebrates the contributions and achievements of a business executive who has demonstrated a solid and sustained commitment to improving career and technology education, according to ACTE.

“Mr. Funk’s selection for this award is a testament to the scope and impact of his contributions to career and technical education, and we are proud to include him among the ranks of distinguished individuals and entities from the CTE community whose efforts have enriched the field and advanced the goals of our association,” the association said.

Express sponsors the ACTE Excellence Awards to support CTE educators across the country. Funk and Express have given more than $5 million in student scholarships and teacher professional development grants in support of CTE.

The Business Leader of the Year Award will be presented to Funk at ACTE’s annual Awards Banquet Nov. 30 in conjunction with ACTE’s CareerTech VISION in Las Vegas.


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

OK Career Guide Training, Aug. 12-Sept. 30

Teacher Institute 2016-17 Cohort, Aug. 25

State Holiday -- Labor Day, Sept. 5

FCCLA Lead Conference, Sept. 7

FCCLA Oklahoma Challenge, Sept. 7

Success is not accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing. - Pele
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