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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-12-11

ODCTE presents Pinnacle Awards to employees

During its annual staff meeting, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education recognized seven employees for outstanding work.

Pinnacle Award recipients were Kerry Eades and Denise Christy, Innovation; Joanne Dewald and Mark Burch, Above and Beyond; Rose Bonjour, Leadership in Achieving Excellence; and Cynthia Vick and Austin Moore, Excellence in Customer Service.

Kerry Eades
Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack, left, and Innovation Award recipient Kerry Eades.
Denise Christy
Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack, left, and Innovation Award recipient Denise Christy.
Joanne Dewald
Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack, left, and Above and Beyond Award winner Joanne Dewald.
Mark Burch
Above and Beyond Award winner Mark Burch, left, and Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack.
Rose Bonjour
Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack, left, and Leadership in Achieving Excellence Award winner Rose Bonjour.
Cynthia Vick
Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack, left, and Excellence in Customer Service Award winner Cynthia Vick.
Austin Moore
Excellence in Customer Service Award winner Austin Moore, left, and Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack.


ACTE participants hear about diversity and inclusion at national conference

Quentin Sanders, ODCTE equity and diversity specialist, presented “A Discussion About Diversity & Inclusion” at the ACTE Vision 2017 National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sanders made the presentation at the New & Related Services Opening Session Dec. 7.

The presentation covered how bias, stereotypes, ethnocentrism and microaggressions may prevent good communication between people who may be different. In addition, Sanders facilitated participant role-play skits to highlight how to foster a work/school environment that respects and recognizes everyone.


Moore Norman receives Oklahoma Quality Award

Moore Norman Technology Center received the Oklahoma Quality Foundation’s Oklahoma Quality Award at the Achievement of Excellence level during the sixth annual Sharing of Best Practices Conference and Awards Luncheon in Tulsa.

“The Oklahoma Quality Award Criteria -- based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence -- provides MNTC with a strong business framework model. We use it to align our strategic planning and quality management system to continuously meet our mission: to prepare our students and business clients for success, change lives and build better tomorrows for our customers and community,” said MNTC Executive Director of Quality Services Karla Marshall.

The Oklahoma Quality Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for economic prosperity in Oklahoma by promoting the principles of performance excellence and sharing of best practices. There are three levels of performance that organizations can strive to attain: Commitment, Achievement and Excellence.

The Oklahoma Quality Award criteria provides Oklahoma businesses and organization with a framework to promote the principles of performance excellence and sharing of best practices. The criteria focuses on seven specific areas: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results.

“Although Moore Norman appreciates the recognition through the award, our ultimate reason for going through this process is to refine our system for continuous improvement. Using this criteria is not a one-time event, but an ongoing commitment,” Marshall said. 

Established in 1972, MNTC is one of 29 technology centers in the Oklahoma CareerTech System.

Military hiring event set for Dec. 14

Oklahoma Military Connection will hold a hiring event Dec. 14 at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center, 4000 Thunderbird Street.

The event, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is designed to connect military members or spouses in the Guard or Reserve, those separating from active duty and veterans seeking employment with businesses that are hiring. Walk-ins are welcome, but those who pre-register can be matched with employers based on their experience and skills.

Oklahoma Military Connection is a partnership of Oklahoma CareerTech, Oklahoma Works, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program.

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CareerTech Champion: Jarrod Parks – Gordon Cooper Technology Center and SkillsUSA

Jarrod Parks, Crossland Construction construction superintendent, stands next to his Jeep while his dog looks out the window of the Jeep.THEN: A Seminole High School student who lost interest in sports and found himself with time to fill. When Jarrod Parks decided to enroll in Gordon Cooper Technology Center’s residential and commercial carpentry program, he thought he wanted to be an architect. He soon learned that the bulk of an architect’s day is spent in front of a computer and decided that wasn’t for him. Jarrod wanted to build something with his hands. And he did, competing in the individual carpentry event at both the state and national SkillsUSA contests. After graduating from Seminole and Gordon Cooper, he enrolled in a two-year construction program at OSU-Okmulgee.

Jarrod said he never had to look for a job after graduation. Crossland Construction came to the university and interviewed students for an internship program, and Jarrod was one of three students selected for the position.

“I graduated on a Friday and started work full-time on a Monday,” he said.

Jarrod said he had an advantage over many of his peers at OSU, because of his background at Gordon Cooper. Before he started college, he had already:

  • Learned basic construction terms, including the names of materials and their uses.
  • Learned how to read a tape measure.
  • Learned basic construction techniques such as general construction framing and how to square a large-scale project.
  • Received guidance on building a resume and interviewing.

NOW: He recently finished his fifth year with Crossland Construction, and the 25-year-old construction superintendent says he’s bringing home about $70,000 a year, plus perks, bonuses and even a retirement matching program. Jarrod loves seeing his work around Tulsa, where he has remodeled five grocery stores. He is the contractor on-site for a $5.5 million addition for a Tulsa school, and four of the classrooms he is building are in a FEMA-rated tornado shelter.

“If I’d gone into architecture,” he said, “I’d definitely be looking for a change now. And I’d have a lot more college student loans.”

“My instructor, Jodie Eiland, didn’t just teach us how to do it. He taught us how to fall in love with it.” Jarrod Parks


CareerTech events

CareerTech Board Meeting, Dec. 14

CyberPatriot Training, Dec. 16

CyberPatriot Training, Jan. 6

CyberPatriot Training, Jan. 13

CareerTech Board Meeting, Jan. 18


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State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum

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