Path Home News Director's Weekly Memo 2017 Director's Weekly Memo 2017-10-16
Jump to navigation

Director's Weekly Memo 2017-10-16

Metro Tech high school welding students turn skills into money

Metro Tech welding students
Metro Tech high school welding students Jose Hernandez, Manuel Olibas and Cesar Escobar started their own welding business.
When three high school students showed up with helmets and gloves to apply for welding positions, the supervisor looked at them suspiciously. He didn’t inquire about their age, just set them up to take a welding test.

“Their eyebrows raised. They realized we knew how to weld,” Jose Hernandez said with a smile.

Then he and his friends, Manuel Olibas and Cesar Escobar, filled out job applications and had to confess they weren’t 18 years old yet. The three said they were disappointed not to get jobs that paid $17 per hour with time and a half and full benefits. They were told to come back as soon as they turned 18, however, they said.

But Hernandez and Olibas, both seniors at Southeast High School in Oklahoma City, and Escobar, a senior at Santa Fe South High School, had a plan for making money that summer. Olibas saved and borrowed money from his brother to buy a welding machine and posted an ad on Facebook. The same day, they landed a welding job on a friend’s carport. Word of mouth led to more jobs and before long, the three were busy working all summer.

Escobar said he always had an interest in welding, sparked when the Metro Tech High School Recruitment Team visited his high school and presented program options. He and his two friends credit their teacher, Mr. Rogers, for their success as welders.

“He goes into great detail and allows us lots of time for hands-on welding. He’s straightforward and doesn’t sugarcoat. I like that,” Olibas said.

Provided by Metro Tech

Canadian Valley Tech instructor named finalist for math, science teaching awards

Cheryl Brannum
Cheryl Brannum
Cheryl Brannum, who teaches at Canadian Valley Technology Center in Yukon, is one of four state-level finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at the secondary level.

PAEMST is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Awards alternate each year between elementary and secondary teachers.

Brannum teaches geometry, Algebra 2, pre-AP calculus and AP statistics. She has taught for 25 years and was voted teacher of the year by her colleagues in 2013.

Caney FCCLA and adviser recognized nationally

Congratulations to Caney Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members and adviser Clinta Smith on their selection as one of only 10 middle school teams nationwide for the iBuckleUp weBuckleUp National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Summit.

The summit will be Nov. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. FCCLA is convening the summit of 10 teams from rural areas to create groups of trainers that will be committed to launching an iBuckleUp weBuckleUp campaign in their states.

FCCLA and traffic safety experts will lead the summit and help the teams develop a model that can be replicated at state and local levels. The groups will work together to come up with project ideas and lessons for their states to support the campaign.


Business and industry services coordinators serve on full-time program advisory committees

Business and industry services coordinators
Western Technology Center's Sayre Campus Program Advisory Committee meets.
Western Technology Center provides students with industry-certified training so students are prepared and ready with the certifications they need to be successful at work and assets to the professions they pursue.

What makes WTC’s programs so strong are its partnerships with business and industry. ’The tech center’s business and industry services coordinators, along with business and industry representatives, are part of WTC’s Program Advisory Committee at the Sayre Campus.

The committee assists training programs by sharing industry readiness needs, industry changes, curriculum and equipment suggestions and high-demand job opportunities. Training programs receive feedback regarding employment requirements for students looking for a job. Potential job shadowing opportunities, field trips, clinicals and on-the-job training are all discussed during this planning/meeting time.


Advance CTE honors the late Dr. Francis Tuttle with Emeritus Star of Education award

Advance CTE honored the invaluable dedication of the late Dr. Francis Tuttle to career and technology education with the Emeritus Star of Education award.

Dr. Tuttle’s dedication, commitment and collaboration to design the architecture of Oklahoma’s system of technology centers established the strong foundation our system continues to grow upon for workforce and economic development. Through his leadership and passion for career and technology education, the Oklahoma CareerTech System serves more than 500,000 enrollments annually in secondary, postsecondary, business and industry services and CareerTech training programs in correctional facilities.

Dr. Tom Friedemann, CEO/superintendent of Francis Tuttle Technology Center, said if Dr. Tuttle were with us today would put forth the challenge to each of us to keep looking for the next big thing to keep CTE moving forward.


CareerTech events

CareerTech board meeting, Oct. 19

GuidanceFest2017 - Central Technology Center - Sapulpa, Oct. 25

Teacher Institute 2016-17 Cohort, Oct. 27

Teacher Institute 2016-17, Oct. 28

CyberPatriot Training, Oct. 28


Useful links

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech and on Instagram at oklahomacareertech.

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

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Schuller
Jump to content