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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-11-6

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.



Wes Watkins Tech instructor wins PLTW award

PLTW award
Wes Watkins Tech instructor Mike Lindley was named Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year.
An Oklahoma CareerTech instructor has been named Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year.

Mike Lindley of Wes Watkins Technology Center received the honor at the PLTW Summit 2017 in Orlando, Florida, in October.

He was among five instructors honored for their commitment to “empowering students to thrive in our ever-changing world,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW president and chief executive officer.

In Wes Watkins Tech’s PLTW biomedical science program, Lindley introduces high school students to medicine and human body systems to prepare them for careers in medical and health-related fields.

In addition to his classroom work helping students learn to think critically and solve problems, Lindley started an after-school science, technology, engineering and math club for at-risk students.

Wes Watkins Tech's program is one of 25 biomedical science programs offered by CareerTech in Oklahoma.


Newspaper highlights Francis Tuttle Tech partnership with city of Edmond

A partnership between the city of Edmond and Francis Tuttle Technology Center has gained attention from Edmond Life and Leisure.

Publisher Ray Hibbard highlighted the partnership in a column after the Edmond Chamber of Commerce met at Francis Tuttle’s Business and Technology Center.

The partnership began when Edmond wanted to cross train public works employees. Francis Tuttle and Edmond developed two programs: one to cross train employees and the other to help supervisors manage more effectively.

“This is exactly what Francis Tuttle has gone about doing since the district’s formation in 1979. They listen, analyze the problem and develop a plan to help businesses train and educate the work force needed,” Hibbard writes.



Harvest II a big success

Oklahoma Department of CareerTech employees filled seven barrels with food for the Harvest II food drive to help feed hungry people in the Stillwater area.

The Harvest II Food Drive, coordinated by the Junior Service League of Stillwater, provides food to local agencies: COCAA, Mission of Hope, The Storehouse, Love Feast, Salvation Army, Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services, Neighborhood Ministries, Payne County Youth Services, Cowboys with Compassion, Our Daily Bread, Operation Christmas and Oklahoma Adult and Teen Challenge.


CareerTech events

OK Career Guide Training - ADMS & Implementation Strategies, Nov. 9

CyberPatriot Training, Nov. 11

OK Career Guide Training - Beginner, My Ed Plans & ADMS, Nov. 14

ICAP CareerTech Student Services Staff Workshop, Nov. 15

NTHS State Leadership Conference, Nov. 16


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