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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-12-18

CareerTech’s Joy Thomas honored for service to education

Joy Thomas, female employment and transition coordinator in Oklahoma CareerTech’s Skills Centers School System, will be inducted into the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Hall of Fame.

She will be inducted at the 18th annual Celebration of Education in Oklahoma April 27. The Hall of Fame recognizes “graduates who have provided exceptional service in the field of education,” according to a letter from Gregg Garn, dean of the college.

Thomas’ name will be placed on the Hall of Fame wall in the courtyard of Collings Hall at OU.


High Plains Technology Center enters partnership to support wind energy jobs pipeline

High Plains Technology Center
From left, back row, Dwight Hughes, HPTC superintendent; Alan Case II, Woodward Industrial Foundation president; Alex George, Invenergy senior vice president of asset management; Tim Faltyn, Oklahoma Panhandle State University president; front row, Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director; Patricia Popp-Stanton, GE staff development; and Janet Smith, PSO economic development manager.
High Plains Technology Center has entered a partnership with Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Wind Catcher Energy Connection to equip students for jobs in the wind energy sector.

The partnership will provide $200,000 in scholarships as well as state-of-the-art training equipment and programming for students. It is pending regulatory approval of the proposed wind Catcher Energy Connection, a project of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy.

HPTC will expand and modernize its wind technician training program in Woodward and double student enrollment. The partnership will also allow OPSU students to earn credit hours towards an associate degree by completing the wind certification program at HPTC.

GE Renewable Energy will donate and install equipment at HPTC and work with the tech center to provide additional training for local instructors. PSO and Invenergy are contributing scholarship money to cover half of tuition costs for students to complete the HPTC program.


Oklahoma wins national ACTE awards

Oklahoma CareerTech swept the national awards in the Association for Career and Technical Education Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division.

Andrea Golden-Pogue
Andrea Golden-Pogue, right, Pontotoc Technology Center, won the Award of Excellence. With her are From left, Janet Burns and John Noel, ACTE PACE vice president.
Dwight Kos
Dwight Kos, Kiamichi Technology Center, won the Ambassador of the Year award. Shelley Free, right, accepted the award for him. With her is John Noel.
Kyle Hockmeyer
Kyle Hockmeyer, Autry Technology Center, won the Economic Development Project of the Year award. Carol Colwell, right, accepted the award for him. With her is John Noel.
Indian Capital Tech Center BIS
The Indian Capital Technology Center Business and Industry Services team won the Training Project of the Year award. Pictured are John Noel, left, and Kathy Adair.

Pontotoc Technology Center BIS
The Pontotoc Technology Center Business and Industry Services team won the Innovation Award. Pictured are John Noel, left, and Roberta Sams.

John Noel
John Noel, center, Great Plains Technology Center, won the Service Award. With him are Dick Lowe, left, ACTE PACE vice president-elect, and LeAnn Wilson, ACTE executive director.

CareerTech students make New Year’s resolutions

CareerTech students share their New Year's resolutions in this video.

Oklahoma CareerTech has created a series of short videos of our students sharing their New Year’s resolutions. Watch for these videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram between Christmas and New Year’s and share them with your friends and followers.


Snow falling on the Oklahoma CareerTech sign. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year from Oklahoma CareerTech.


CareerTech events

CyberPatriot Training, Jan. 6

CyberPatriot Training, Jan. 13

CareerTech Board Meeting, Jan. 18

Teacher Academy, Jan. 24

DECA Career Development Conference, Feb. 13


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