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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-10-23

Limited number of tickets remain for CareerTech Hall of Fame

Five Oklahomans will be inducted into the 2017 Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Hall of Fame at the Nov. 8 banquet on Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno Campus.

This year’s inductees are Belinda Cole, Fern Green-Bowling, James Strate, Tom Thomas and Joan Welborn. Each of the nominees has exhibited extraordinary contributions to career and technology education for more than 30 years.

A limited number of tickets remain for the event and can be purchased through the CareerTech Foundation website. Sponsorships are also available and appreciated.

For more information, call LaMecia Stidham, 405.743.9556.




Prue annexation passes in Central Tech district

Voters in Prue approved annexation into the Central Technology Center School District during elections Oct. 10. The Prue school district will send high school students to the tech center next fall. Adults may start enrolling in classes as early as January 2018.

“We are excited for Prue to join our district and become a part of the Central Tech family. We welcome their residents and look forward to delivering all the benefits of annexation, including free instructional programs and support services for high school students and recent graduates, in-district tuition for adults, as well as a more educated workforce, which is an asset to the entire community,” said Ron Dyer, superintendent.

With the addition of Prue, Central Tech’s district now includes 25 communities and 18 sending high schools. Last year, the tech center had more than 25,000 enrollments, a 94 percent placement for full-time students entering the workforce or continuing their education and a $31 million annual economic impact of graduates entering the workforce.

Prue residents recognized the need for career and technical education and took a stand to elevate, educate and empower their community to support the annexation.

“Many of our students graduate without being career-ready. They wake up after graduation and think, ‘Now what?’ With the addition of Central Tech, students can jumpstart their future, create a plan for what they want to do, and a pathway to get there,” said Craig Thurman, principal of Prue Public Schools. “I’m excited to give our students that opportunity. The Central Tech path is exactly what we’ve been missing.”

The election was approved by 82 percent of Prue voters, 110 yes votes and 24 no votes. This is a big victory for Central Tech and the residents of Prue.

Central Tech


OkACTE to hold second unconference

The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education will hold OkACTE Excellence from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Tulsa Technology Center’s Owasso Campus.

OkACTE Excellence is an unconference, at which participants will create their own agendas and lead their own discussions. OkACTE held its first unconference in October 2016.

This year’s event will include a focus on the OkACTE awards program. Roberta Sams, ACTE Region IV awards chairman, will give a breakdown of the national awards process.

Registration for the event ends Oct. 24. The cost is $50 per person.

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Applications open for the 2018 Excellence in Action Award

2018 Excellence in Action Award LogoDo you think you have one of the best career and technology education programs of study in the nation? Apply for the 2018 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your students, instructors and faculty at the national level.

In its fifth year, this award honors programs across the 16 career clusters that exemplify excellence in the implementation of the career clusters, show a true progression from secondary to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success.

Award-winning programs will be featured in the media and at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in the spring and will be contributing to a positive image of CTE programs. It’s critical to highlight exemplary programs of study to let policymakers, employers and education leaders know that CTE really is for all students and prepares them for a lifetime of college and career success.

Applications are open to secondary and postsecondary schools/institutions. The application deadline is at 5 p.m. EST Nov. 15.



Honored to receive award from Advance CTE

It was truly an honor to receive the Advance CTE’s Rising Star of Education award.

Without the high-quality educators, staff and stakeholders in Oklahoma CareerTech, none of this would be possible. I am blessed to work with dedicated individuals both past and present who have provided me invaluable mentorships and examples to follow.

Rising Star


CareerTech events

GuidanceFest 2017 - Central Technology Center - Sapulpa, Oct. 25

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, Oct. 27

Teacher Institute 2016-2017, Oct. 28

CyberPatriot Training, Oct. 28

CareerTech Board Meeting, Nov. 7


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

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou
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