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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-10-9

Great Plains Tech celebrates Manufacturing Day with Goodyear

Great Plains Technology Center celebrated Manufacturing day on Oct. 6 with its longtime partner Goodyear.

“Manufacturing is the lifeblood of our economy, and the true strength of American manufacturing is its workers. We know we need to keep up, and the only way to do that is by committing to the development of our associates’ skills,” said Joe McSharry, Goodyear vice president of operational excellence and North American consumer tire manufacturing. “That’s where the Great Plains Technology Center comes in. Your technical training programs are essential to Goodyear – here in Lawton, throughout our manufacturing footprint and to the greater manufacturing community as well.”

CareerTech’s partnership with business and industry is core to our students’ success and the industries workforce needs.  This is just one of the many examples of the economic impact and criticality of Oklahoma CareerTech.


2017-18 Business and Industry Services Certification Program starts

2017-18 Business and Industry Services Certification Program participants.Technology center representatives gathered at Oklahoma CareerTech in Stillwater last week for the first 2017-18 Business and Industry Services Certification Program session.

BISCP provides information, training and resources to help new business and industry services coordinators at technology centers meet the training needs of Oklahomans. It helps participants build human resource networks, explain the basics of the Oklahoma CareerTech System, use and improve teambuilding skills, implement results-based interventions, conduct performance consulting and needs assessment, market services to internal and external customers, use and improve communication skills and implement the necessary ODCTE documentation and data requirements.
The 2017-18 class will meet again in December at Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton and in March at Northeast Technology Center in Pryor and Claremore. Participants also conduct mentorship visits with colleagues.


Students learn about diversity and inclusion

Quentin Sanders, ODCTE equity and diversity specialist, presented a session on the topic of “Embracing Diversity and Inclusion” at Weleetka High School on Oct. 3 and Millwood High School on Oct. 4.

At each session, high school students from 10th through 12th grades played an interactive diversity bingo game to introduce the concept of diversity and inclusion. In addition, Sanders facilitated student role-play activities with questions and answers to teach the concepts of bias and stereotypes.


Oklahoma Works plans Career Exposure Week

Oklahoma Works is organizing a Career Exposure Week Nov. 13-17 in Oklahoma and is seeking help to identify businesses that may participate, encourage those businesses to host an event and/or connect businesses with local K-12, CareerTech or higher education institutions. Events can include job shadow opportunities, career fairs, career panels and business guest speakers.

For more information on the week of events or to know which businesses are being requested to participate, contact Sarah Ashmore at

Register an event


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.

More info



CareerTech events

CyberPatriot Training, Oct. 14

GuidanceFest 2017 - Northwest Technology Center - Fairview, Oct. 17

OK Career Guide Training - Beginner and My Ed Plans, Oct. 17

CareerTech Board Meeting, Oct. 19

GuidanceFest 2017 - Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center - Choctaw, Oct. 24


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