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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-1-3

Oklahoma Department of CareerTech receives recognition as a Certified Healthy Business; CareerTech supports Launch Oklahoma; CareerTech Business and Industry Services making a difference for an Oklahoma company; CareerTech business and industry services offers variety of programs; Forum will help communities boost local economy; CareerTech events; and useful links.

Oklahoma Department of CareerTech receives recognition as a Certified Healthy Business

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education will be recognized as a Certified Healthy Business for the third year.

Certified healthy businesses make positive impacts on the health of employees and patrons. ODCTE’s contribution in creating a healthy environment is important to the future of Oklahoma.

There are three levels of certification: Basic, Merit and Excellence. ODCTE earned the Excellence certification. It previously earned Merit certifications.

The recognition will be presented at the annual Certified Healthy Oklahoma event on March 1.

Congratulations to the ODCTE wellness team for helping to make this happen.


CareerTech supports Launch Oklahoma

395 comprehensive school districts, 29 technology center districts, 15 skills centers sites and 30 adult basic education providers.Gov. Mary Fallin has announced an new initiative, Launch Oklahoma which sets a goal for 70 percent of Oklahomans ages 25-64 to receive education and training beyond high school by 2025. Oklahoma CareerTech programs – such as those in common education grades six through 12, in technology centers and the skills centers programs – afford students the opportunity to earn certificates, industry-recognized credentials, career readiness certificates and college credit toward associate degrees.

Career and technology education provides opportunities for adults, high school and middle schools students to engage in meaningful careers aligned with individual goals and industry demands. To find postsecondary opportunities near you visit our website,


CareerTech Business and Industry Services making a difference for an Oklahoma company 

SPM and Wes Watkins Tech Center
Specialty Parts Manufacturing Inc. of Holdenville recently earned ISO 9001:2008 certification with help from business and industry professionals from Wes Watkins Technology Center and Moore Norman Technology Center. Pictured are, from left, Kenny McDonald, SPM owner/operator; Greta McDonald, office manager; George P. Brown Jr., SPM owner/operator; and Steve Killmer, WWTC Business and Industry Services director.
Wes Watkins Technology Center in Wetumka has helped Special Parts Manufacturing Inc. of Holdenville achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification.

After a two-year process, completing classes through WWTC’s Business and Industry Services department and preparing a multiple-page quality manual and audit, SPM was certified by Perry Johnson Registrars Inc. in August. ISO is an international standard-setting body that promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards.

The certification assures that SPM meets specific requirements for a quality management system, said Steve Killmer, WWTC business and industry director.

“The certification is proof that SPM demonstrated its ability to consistently provide products that meets customer satisfaction and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements,” he said. “Certification is good for three years and the company must be audited once per year to assure continual improvement of the system.”

 Being ISO 9001:2008 certified will allow SPM to gain business contracts more easily, and allow the company to move into the government contracting arena, expanding its customer base and opening up new opportunities to hire and train more personnel that will become skilled machinists and craftsmen, said Kenny McDonald and George P. Brown Jr., co-owners and operators.

 “Working with SPM is just one example of many, of how our technology center benefits our surrounding communities,” Killmer said. “Our Business and Industry Services department at Wes Watkins Technology Center participates in diverse activities to support the economic growth of our district’s business and industry. The BIS department provides a variety of courses and customized training which enable individuals and businesses to keep pace with changing technologies and allow them to practice effective business techniques. Other BIS services include leadership development and safety training for new, existing and expanding businesses.”

The Oklahoma CareerTech System contains a vast knowledge statewide and allows tech centers to work together using collaborative agreements that allow them to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of professionals at other tech centers, Killmer said.

Jeff Cole, a quality management systems business and industry services coordinator at Moore Norman Technology Center, was also instrumental in assisting SPM in becoming certified. McDonald said Cole was “very helpful, very knowledgeable” and said the company could not have achieved the certification without his help.

Provided by Wes Watkins Technology Center

CareerTech business and industry services offers variety of programs

Industry-specific, 3,604; adult and career development, 1,140; Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network, 1,319; entrepreneurial development, 249; Training for Industry Program, 32; firefighter training, 310; safety, 2,235; total businesses served, unduplicated, 7,092.CareerTech Business and Industry Services helps companies improve and expand operations through various services and training opportunities.

Provided through technology centers, resources include existing industry, safety and firefighter training. Other services include customized training, the Training for Industry Program for training new employees, business incubators and Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network services for companies that want to contract with the government.



Forum will help communities boost local economy

Oklahoma CareerTech and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service are sponsoring a forum to help communities boost their economies and attract and develop new businesses.

The Small Business and Community Development Forum will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech, 1500 W. Seventh, Stillwater. The cost is $25 and includes lunch and materials.

Becky McCray, a small-town business owner, author and community and small business development speaker, will present “Filling the Gaps Downtown: How to Fill Empty Lots and Empty Buildings to Create an Entrepreneurial Community. She will discuss how to determine why buildings are empty and share ideas for filling them that have been tested in small towns.

Dave Shideler, Oklahoma State University associate professor and community development specialist, will present “Introduction to New Census Building Tools.” He will discuss how to provide data about communities using tools from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Registration is available at


CareerTech Events

Mid-Winter OKSTEM, Jan. 20

FCCLA Officer Interviews, Jan. 24

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute - Owasso, Jan. 26

TechCAP VIII, Jan. 26

CareerTech Board Meeting, Jan. 26


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

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