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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-2-27

CareerTech Champion: Adam Higby – Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Adam Higby
Adam Higby
THEN: A young man who had been diagnosed with optic nerve dystrophy at the age of 5, a disease Adam Higby inherited from his grandfather. The disease deteriorates the optic nerve because of poor blood flow.

Despite his vision impairment, Adam wanted to be a machinist, and Francis Tuttle Technology Center worked with NewView Oklahoma to make that happen. NewView Oklahoma is a nonprofit organization that helps vision-impaired individuals through rehabilitation, employment and community outreach. Its staff helped make classes in Francis Tuttle’s precision machining/computer numerical control program more accessible.

Adam was the first vision-impaired student to graduate from the three-year machining program, where he learned

  • Blueprint reading, basic metallurgy and precision measurement.
  • To operate machines, including horizontal and vertical mills.
  • To operate computer numerical control machine centers.

NOW: A full-time machinist for NewView Oklahoma. The nonprofit’s CEO called Adam a trailblazer. Adam and his wife have a 5-year-old son.

“Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something. You’ve got no excuse.”

Adam Higby


Green Country Tech Center honors CP Kelco

Green Country Technology Center named CP Kelco of Okmulgee its 2017 Partner for Progress.

CP Kelco has been a Green Country Technology Center partner for more than 10 years. The tech center submits proposals on CP Kelco’s training needs and has fulfilled a significant portion of the company’s safety training and other customized training needs. GCTC fits its training around CP Kelco’s shift schedules and provides on-site training as well.

CP Kelco, which has 2,200 employees worldwide. has been in Okmulgee since 1977; the Okmulgee plant is the largest xanthan gum biopolymer manufacturing facility in the world. The company has worked with Okmulgee Public Schools, OSU-IT and Green Country Tech to coordinate events to promote manufacturing jobs in Okmulgee.

In addition, the plant has hired many GCTC students when they complete the tech center’s welding, HVAC, carpentry and CNC manufacturing programs.

CP Kelco was honored at an Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.


CTSO officers spend Day at the Capitol

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CareerTech student organization officers spent the Day at the Capitol.

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Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Depew, speaks to CareerTech student organization officers during Day at the Capitol.
Oklahoma CareerTech wrapped up Career and Technical Education Month with CTSO Day at the Capitol on Feb. 28.

Oklahoma CareerTech student organization state officers went to the state Capitol to network and speak with their legislators about the importance of the CareerTech System. Before branching off to meet individually with legislators, the students heard from Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Depew, a former CTSO state officer. Hilbert was an FFA state officer in 2012-13.

The students also gathered in the fourth floor rotunda for lunch.

Oklahoma CareerTech has seven student organizations affiliated with its education programs: DECA, marketing education; Business Professionals of America, business, marketing and information technology education; HOSA, health careers education; Technology Student Association, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education; SkillsUSA, trade and industrial education; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, family and consumer sciences education; and FFA, agricultural education.


EOC Tech plans third annual Clean Shorts Film Festival

The third annual Clean Shorts Film Festival will be March 31 through April 1, with two screening venues on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw. 

The festival will feature 94 short films from around the world and the world premiere of “Scott & Crowley,” a feature film produced and directed by Great Plains Technology Center video production instructor Dan E. Tibbs.

The festival will kick off with Student Fest, a free event for all students and teachers. Student Fest allows students to gain hands-on experience on a film set, visit with a special effects make-up artist and network with professional filmmakers, including Emmy and Oscar winners. Everyone who attends Student Fest receive a free weekend pass to the festival. 

Clean Shorts is a family-friendly event, where all films are rated no higher than PG. Filmmakers from across the USA will on hand to discuss their films. For more information, visit


Military Transition Summit planned

Oklahoma CareerTech will join with partners Oklahoma Works, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Army Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program to present the Soldier for Life Transition Summit this month.

The event will be March 22 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fort Sill in the Reimer Conference Center. It is an opportunity for businesses and state, regional and local partners to work together to develop methods to connect service members to careers as they transition out of the military.

Attendees will have the chance to hear from past and present military members and their dependents about the opportunities and challenges they experienced in making the transition from military to civilian careers. They will also hear from professionals who serve these individuals.

The summit is intended to help identify gaps in services and discover ways to fill those gaps to help military members.

Building the Pipeline: Soldier for Life Transition Summit, March 22, Reimer Conference Center at Snow Hall, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


CareerTech Events

For Counselors Only Conference, March 2

BPA State Leadership Conference, March 6

TSA State TEAMS Competition, March 8

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute Professional Learning Community, March 8

TechCAP VIII, March 20


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