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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-12-4

Francis Tuttle, AFA partner for CyberPatriot

Francis Tuttle Technology Center Portland Campus has partnered with the Air Force Association to be a training center for student, mentors and teachers for CyberPatriot.

Francis Tuttle will provide the facility and equipment, and Johnny Clark, Francis Tuttle instructor and CyberPatriot teacher/mentor, will provide communications and direction of training. CareerTech is also providing a partnership with Dell, which provides trainers in Linux, Windows and Cisco; housing resources; and video editing.

Students, teachers and mentors have been meeting twice a month since September. AFA provides lunches during the meetings.

Round 1 of the competition was in November, and Round 2 will be Dec. 8-10. The competition is for students in elementary, middle and high schools.

Francis Tuttle’s goal is to become a center of excellence for CyberPatriot and to grow the competition in Oklahoma.



Pre-service student teachers learn about diversity and inclusion

Quentin Sanders, ODCTE equity and diversity specialist, conducted an interactive session on diversity and inclusion Nov. 28 with agricultural education pre-service student teachers at Oklahoma State University.

Sanders facilitated role-play activities with questions and answers to highlight the concepts of bias and stereotypes. In addition, he fielded questions from participants on strategies that they could use to encourage recognition and respect for everyone in their classrooms.


Adult education and literacy grant proposals application period opens; ODCTE hosts Q&A

Proposals are being accepted for adult education and literacy grant proposals.

The proposals for funding are for adult basic education providers for the state of Oklahoma. The deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2018, for the grant period beginning July 1, 2018, with awards for program years 2018-22.

ODCTE will host a one-day question-and-answer session in Stillwater during which participants can ask the ABE staff questions regarding the program years 2019-2022 Adult Education and Family Literacy Act regranting competition. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Tuttle Seminar Center at ODCTE.

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Caddo Kiowa hosts Women in Ag and Small Business Conference

Lotsee Patterson
Lotsee Patterson, right, receives the Woman in Agriculture Award from a conference committee member.
Approximately 180 people attended the Caddo County Women in Ag and Small Business Conference at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in November.

The conference, “Empowering Today’s Woman,” was packed full of motivational speakers and breakout sessions. This year the conference highlighted two keynote speakers: Brittany Krehbiel, a fifth-generation farmer of Hydro, and Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe, who writes a column on debunking popular agricultural myths.

The day also included two sessions of breakouts with topics such as “Marketing Your Small/Ag Business,” “Ag Law – Mineral, Water and Wind Rights,” “Estate Planning” and “Backyard Alternative Agriculture.”

The conference recognizes a “Woman in Agriculture. This year’s recipient was Lotsee Patterson of Apache.

Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe, speaks at the Women in Ag and Small Business Conference.

Conference committee
Women in Ag and Small Business Conference committee members gather for a photo at the event at Caddo Kiowa Tech.


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.

A workshop to help jobseekers with resume writing, interviewing techniques and dressing for success will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Brookwood South Workforce Center, 9210 S. Western, Oklahoma City.

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 events

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, Dec. 7

CareerTech Board Meeting, Dec. 14

CyberPatriot Training, Dec. 16

CyberPatriot Training, Jan. 6

CyberPatriot Training, Jan. 13


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