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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-1-9

Forum will help communities boost local economy; Institute to address nontraditional careers; CareerTech's Career and Academic Connections meets school counselors' professional development needs; For Counselors Only Conference planned; CareerTech events; and useful links.

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


Institute to address nontraditional careers

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is partnering with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity to present the Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute this spring.

“The institute is open to secondary schools, technology centers and colleges to increase nontraditional student awareness and to encourage shared experiences of the participants,” said Jeremy Zweiacker, Carl Perkins monitoring and nontraditional coordinator with CareerTech. “The term nontraditional refers to those careers where 25 percent or less of one gender is represented, and our hope is to help educators remove barriers students may face when choosing these careers.”

The institute includes three components: regional sessions; follow-up conference calls and webinars; and a two-day summit.

Participants will begin at one-day professional development sessions at regional locations. The sessions will be facilitated by a NAPE trainer, and participants will use the Explore Nontraditional Careers Toolkit. After each regional workshop, participants will engage in a series of conference calls/webinars to provide support and expertise as they work on their final projects.

To conclude the institute, all participants will gather during the two-day Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Summit, which will bring all participants together to share and learn from each other. The summit will also feature an afternoon session on how sites can implement the strategies they have learned through the institute into the local Carl Perkins application.

Six regional workshops will be held:

  • Jan. 26 – Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus.
  • Jan. 27 – Kiamichi Technology Centers, McAlester Campus.
  • Feb. 16 – Canadian Valley Technology Center, Chickasha Campus.
  • Feb. 17 – Northwest Technology Center, Fairview Campus.
  • Feb. 23 – Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus.
  • Feb. 24 – Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Cross Timbers Campus.

The two-day summit will be March 28-29 at Moore Norman Technology Center, Franklin Road Campus.

For more information about the institute, please visit


CareerTech's Career and Academic Connections meets school counselors' professional development needs

More than 50 school guidance professionals gathered in November to focus on improving career counseling and guidance services for Oklahoma students.

The participants from Oklahoma high schools, technology centers and community colleges were attending the Fall Carl Perkins School Counseling and Guidance Services Professional Learning Network, a half-day workshop hosted by ODCTE’s Career and Academic Connections Division staff.

The Carl Perkins School Counseling and Guidance Services PLN is a cohort of schools using Carl Perkins funding in career guidance services. The PLN meets twice a year to collaborate on best practices, postsecondary transitions, individual career plans and continuous improvement of direct services to students. The PLN is specialized to meet the professional development needs and requests of the participants. It is designed specifically for Carl Perkins-funded school counseling programs, but other school counselors and career development professionals are welcome to join.

Sites that ranked in the top five for student populations registered on OK Career Guide were also recognized at the workshop. Sites recognized were Grove High School, Bristow High School, Moore Public Schools, Tahlequah High School, Stillwater High School, Central Technology Center, Indian Capital Technology Center, Western Technology Center, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center and Northwest Technology Center.

For more information about the Carl Perkins School Counseling and Guidance Services PLN, contact Erica Harris at 405-743-5162. More information is also available at


For Counselors Only Conference planned

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the State Department of Education will sponsor the 2017 For Counselors Only Conference March 2 at Moore Norman Technology Center’s South Penn Campus.

The conference is for elementary, middle school, junior high, senior high and tech center counselors from across the state. It will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit


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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