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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-3-27

Tulsa Technology Center names Lufthansa Technik as Partner for Progress; CareerTech featured in Department of Commerce publication; CareerTech Champion: Callie Fowler - Tri County Technology Center, Bartlesville; CareerTech Champion: Cammi Valdez – Enid Schools – DECA and TSA; CareerTech events; and useful links.

Tulsa Technology Center names Lufthansa Technik as Partner for Progress

Tulsa Technology Center named Lufthansa Technik its 2017 Partner for Progress.

Lufthansa Technik, whose Tulsa division is located at Tulsa International Airport, has partnered with Tulsa Technology Center since 2010 and is using Training for Industry Program funding for a workforce expansion program that will more than double its staff. The company expects to employ more than 300 people at its Tulsa location, which has 72,000 square feet of workshop floor space and state-of-the-art test equipment and tooling.

Tulsa Tech provides the company with training in technical procedures, interpersonal and leadership enhancement, computers and human factors related to aircraft maintenance. The Lufthansa Technik component services team participates on the tech center’s advisory boards and helps with the annual SkillsUSA competition.

The core of Lufthansa Technik’s Tulsa division shop is an ATEC Series 6 automatic avionics test facility housing two ATEC Series 6 machines. Two more are scheduled to be delivered this year.

The facility also has a growing pneumatics and hydraulics workshop capable of a wide range of components, including flight controls and engine-driven pumps. The workshop is also developing the capability for high-pressure components that will expand its potential market share in the aviation industry.

Lufthansa Technik was honored at an Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.


CareerTech featured in Department of Commerce publication

Oklahoma CareerTech is featured in an article in New Pioneer, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s magazine.

The article contains information about the CareerTech System and its value to Oklahoma. To read it, go to


CareerTech Champion: Callie Fowler - Tri County Technology Center, Bartlesville

Callie Fowler
Callie Fowler
THEN: One of seven children, not tall enough to reach the kitchen counter. Experimenting with new recipes and concoctions at an early age, Callie practiced on her many siblings. The culinary arts program at Tri County Technology Center helped Callie:

  • Turn her culinary interest into an obsession with cooking and flavors.
  • Prepare to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
  • Earn a spot in CIA’s manager-in-training program as acting sous chef in the American Bounty Restaurant. She honed her craft under Chef Dwayne LiPuma.

NOW: In 2011, Callie’s career began as a corporate management trainee for Hyatt. She was promoted to garde manger sous chef at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center, then chef de cuisine of the TusCA Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in California in 2012. She went on to open several restaurants in California and then in Oklahoma after she returned to her home state. She is now the executive chef of child nutrition for Union Public Schools and a Cooking for Kids chef.


CareerTech Champion: Cammi Valdez – Enid Schools – DECA and TSA

Cammi Valdez
Cammi Valdez
THEN: At Emerson Junior High School in Enid, Cammi Valdez followed her sister’s lead and got involved in CareerTech student organizations. She eventually served as a state officer in both Technology Student Association and DECA, and by the time she graduated from Enid High School she had competed in everything from building balsa wood gliders to public speaking. That technology education and TSA involvement – as well as an influential instructor and mentor – were the first steps on her way to a career in science, technology, engineering and math. Cammi earned both a B.S. Professional degree in chemistry and a B.S. in mathematics in just four years at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and she received a Ph.D. in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Harvard University.

She says she still draws from her experiences in TSA and DECA, including:

  • Leadership qualities she learned as a state officer. (At SWOSU she became president of the math honor society and her chemistry club, and at Harvard she held a number of leadership roles on her graduate student council, including two years as president.)
  • Public speaking and networking.
  • A love of all things STEM.

NOW: Assistant director for undergraduate research and fellowships at Harvard, she runs a fellowship program primarily for humanities and social sciences students – from underrepresented backgrounds – who are interested in careers in academia. She also runs a summer research program that prepares undergrads for STEM-related graduate programs.

Cammi says a STEM background can lead to job security, intellectual stimulation and more career opportunities than ever.

“The biomedical sciences field is exploding,” she said. “And the world is also becoming more reliant on computer science.”

The Harvard scientist has become a role model for young women considering a career in STEM.

“I remember having teachers who told me you don’t need to be good at math or science because you’re a girl ... I hope students today have access to people who say, ‘You CAN do it.’”

Cammi Valdez

Harvard University


CareerTech Events

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Summit, March 28

FCCLA State STAR Events, March 29

Instructional Leaders Meeting, March 30

Instructional Leaders Meeting, March 31

TSA State Conference, April 5


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