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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-4-10

Wes Watkins Technology Center names Adkins Enterprises Inc. as Partner for Progress; CareerTech photojournalist Tom Fields honored; Students from across Oklahoma attend Pixlfest 2017 at Francis Tuttle-Rockwell; ODCTE receives communications and marketing awards; Central Tech CyberPatriot team goes to national contest; CareerTech events; and useful links.

Wes Watkins Technology Center names Adkins Enterprises Inc. as Partner for Progress

Wes Watkins Technology Center named Adkins Enterprises Inc. of Weleetka as its 2017 Partner for Progress.

The Adkins family established Adkins Enterprises Inc. in 1965 and has been an active supporter of the community since, creating businesses and supplying jobs to residents across a five-town area. The company employs approximately 340 people and owns and operates four nursing centers -- in Wetumka, Holdenville, Okemah and Henryetta -- and manages a cattle and ranching operation.

Adkins Enterprises Inc. came to Wes Watkins Tech when it needed professional training and certifications for its employees, along with new recruits who had critical health care skills. WWTC continues to provide training for long-term care nurse aides, certified nursing aides, certified medication aides, certified medication updates and developmentally disabled care aides.

Adkins Enterprises Inc. was honored at an Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.


CareerTech photojournalist Tom Fields honored

Tom Fields
Tom Fields
Oklahoma CareerTech Communications and Marketing Division’s Tom Fields was honored at last week’s state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America conference at the Cox Convention Center.

Fields received a state honorary membership in recognition of outstanding service to the state FCCLA association and to family and consumer sciences education.

Congratulations, Tom!


Students from across Oklahoma attend Pixlfest 2017 at Francis Tuttle-Rockwell

Pixlfest 2017
Students from across Oklahoma attended Pixlfest 2017 at Francis Tuttle-Rockwell.
More than 500 students from across Oklahoma attended Pixlfest 2017 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Rockwell Campus.

The free conference for students enrolled in creative information technology programs is sponsored by local advisory board members from the web design and development, programming software and development, 2D/3D animation, marketing, graphics and broadcast production programs.

Students who attended the conference reported that they liked hearing from industry professionals about what they do every day and that the students were able to see what working in creative IT fields is like.

The industry partners helped plan the conference and shared their expertise and best practices with students. Many sessions were packed to capacity.


ODCTE receives communications and marketing awards

CareerTech staff members garnered top awards in all three categories submitted to the Oklahoma School Public Relations Association’s annual publication awards. Awards were presented April 5 at OKSPRA’s annual conference in Durant.

Awards of Excellence were presented for OBAN Bringing Contracting Success to Oklahoma Companies for 30 Years in the One-Time Project category; for the Director’s Weekly Memo in the digital media category; and for This Week at CareerTech in the Electronic Newsletter/E-zine category.

Judges commented about the effective way these projects provide information to customers. Congratulations to those who had a part in creating and distributing these important communications tools.


Central Tech CyberPatriot team goes to national contest

Central Tech CyberPatriot Team
Central Technology Center's CyberPatriot team competed at the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Central Tech’s Network Security and Administration CyberPatriot Team earned a spot as a national finalist in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which was April 2-6 in Baltimore, Maryland.

“CyberPatriot is an excellent opportunity for students to learn how to solve real-world problems using real-world solutions. CyberPatriot teams must learn to work together to overcome challenges that could not be completed by individuals,” said Nick Gaunt, NSA instructor at Central Tech.

Central Tech was the only Oklahoma school to finish in the top 12 in its division and move on to the national competition.

CyberPatriot, an education initiative established by the Air Force Association and presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind cyber defense competition designed to inspire students toward futures in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. For more information about the CyberPatriot competition, visit

For more information about Central Tech’s NSA program, visit

CareerTech events

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute Professional Learning Community, April 11

CareerTech Board Meeting, April 20

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, April 20

FCCLA Joint Executive Council Meeting, April 24

2017 Job Placement Conference, April 28


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