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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-4-24

Great Plains Technology Center names Tillman County EMS as Partner for Progress; Job search preparation and placement professionals learn about constructive conflict strategies; Carl Perkins application training available in May; Oklahoma CareerTech Champion: Will Bailey - Pontotoc Technology Center; Digital curriculum files to be available; CareerTech events; and useful links.

Great Plains Technology Center names Tillman County EMS as Partner for Progress

Great Plains Technology Center named Tillman County EMS as its 2017 Partner for Progress.

Tillman County EMS, which is the only ambulance service in Tillman County, covers 892 square miles. With help from Great Plains Technology Center, the ambulance service secured grant funding to buy two new ambulances and upgrade its radio equipment. The new equipment allows the service to operate three ambulances and communicate with other emergency personnel in the county, including law enforcement and fire departments.

Great Plains Technology Center provides support and leadership to Tillman County EMS through personnel serving on boards of directors and by offering classes to train potential workers for the ambulance service.

Tillman County EMS was honored at an Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.


Job search preparation and placement professionals learn about constructive conflict strategies

CareerTech Equity and Diversity Specialist Quentin J. Sanders led a session on strategies to constructively resolve conflict at the Oklahoma Association of Career and Employment Professionals’ quarterly conference.

The conference for job search preparation and placement professionals was held at ASCO Aerospace USA in Stillwater.

Sanders presented participants with three separate employee-employee conflict scenarios for them to resolve in small groups. In addition, Sanders facilitated interactive role-play activities between the various small groups to highlight the best strategies for resolving each scenario constructively.


Carl Perkins application training available in May

Oklahoma CareerTech staff will provide training for all schools and consortiums applying for the FY18 Carl Perkins Basic Grant.

Our goal is to increase the number of applications approved with a focus on writing the application and preparing the budget. Presenters will walk through each section of the application emphasizing the type of content the schools should include in their application.

Training will be offered at four different locations: Tulsa Technology Center Owasso Campus, May 8,; Great Plains Technology Center Lawton Campus, May 11,; Moore Norman Technology Center South Penn Campus, May 18,; and Kiamichi Technology Center Atoka Campus, May 23, Use the link following each location to register.


Oklahoma CareerTech Champion: Will Bailey - Pontotoc Technology Center

Will BaileyTHEN: A talented artist who loved drawing and painting as a child. In high school, Will Bailey took a media arts class, where he learned about photo editing and digital illustration software. After school hours, he did custom airbrushing and paint work. His passion for art led him to Pontotoc Technology Center to get additional training. At Pontotoc Tech, Will:

  • Received Adobe certification in Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Developed skills in design, videography and video equipment, digital photography and time management.
  • Competed in the graphic arts competition at the state Business Professionals of America conference.
  • Set up his own freelance logo design business.

NOW: The interactive developer for Chickasaw Nation’s training department. He designs booklets, presentations and internal marketing pieces, as well as logos and other promotional materials. His promising new career offers him full health benefits as well as the possibility of career advancement.


Digital curriculum files to be available

Digital curriculum files in PDF, Word and PowerPoint formats will soon be available to purchase for integration within a school’s existing learning management system. The files for select CIMC titles will be available under an annual or a multiyear license, allowing schools to add CIMC content to their online courses in nonprint form.

Contact the CIMC manager for details at


CareerTech events

FCCLA Joint Executive Council Meeting, April 24

2017 Job Placement Conference, April 28

Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute Professional Learning Community, May 4

Carl Perkins Application Training, May 8

TechCAP VIII, May 11


Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

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National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

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Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum

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