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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-5-15

OKC CVB names CareerTech’s Shari Goad a Hometown Hero; Metro Tech student’s T-shirt design is a winner; BMITE forms partnership with Dell; Mid-Del Technology Center names Warren CAT as Partner in Progress; CareerTech’s CIMC releasing series on parliamentary procedure; Summer Conference registration is open; CareerTech events; and useful links.

OKC CVB names CareerTech’s Shari Goad a Hometown Hero

Shari Goad
Shari Goad, fourth from right, was named an Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau Hometown Hero.
The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau honored Shari Goad last week as one of its Hometown Heroes.

The award is presented to individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on Oklahoma City’s tourism and hospitality industry.

Goad is project coordinator at Oklahoma CareerTech. She oversees the planning, organization and execution of the annual CareerTech Summer Conference and Expo. She also assists with the five-year agency strategic plan and works with advisers of CareerTech student organizations and other agency personnel to plan conferences and off-site meetings.

For more about the award, go to


Metro Tech student’s T-shirt design is a winner

Metro Tech graphic design student Lizet Vasquez designed a T-shirt for the SkillsUSA state contest that allows career and technology students to use their curriculum – and her design was chosen to be worn by 400 competitors and seen by more than 16,000 people at the 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference this summer in Kentucky.

Vasquez is a first-year Metro Tech student from ASTEC Charter High School who had no graphic design experience prior to enrolling at Metro Tech. Graphic design teacher Roxanne Shively described Vasquez as an exceptional student who serves in multiple leadership roles and was recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

“I enrolled in the graphic design program to explore my interest in design and discovered that I also have talent, which came as a surprise to me. I’m honored that my shirt design -- inspired by Oklahoma geography -- was chosen,” Vasquez said.


BMITE forms partnership with Dell

BMITE and Dell
The CareerTech Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education Division reached out to Dell employees to help students.
One of the standards Oklahoma CareerTech measures when evaluating a program is industry involvement in the classroom.

The CareerTech Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education Division set a goal to model industry involvement, not just set a standard. The division began its journey about six months ago by reaching out to Dell. Since then, Dell trainers and analysts have volunteer for the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. They have mentored and interviewed students and conducted workshops and curriculum review.

Dell employees wrote and administered the Computer Network Technology, PC Servicing & Troubleshooting, Network Administration Using Microsoft and Computer Security events. Certified Dell employees judged the programming and Network Design Team events. Two hiring managers in the vendor area of the convention center conducted interview and collected resumes.

Perfect brew: industry partnerships, career development, BPA, certifications, career development.Working with the Dell analysts and trainers the past few month who have shared their stories about their careers has been enlightening. Dell philosophy says that the higher up you are in your career, the more you should be doing for those under you. Visitors to the Dell Service Center in Oklahoma City will see CareerTech students working throughout the building. Dell supports Oklahoma CareerTech and the BMITE division to help develop even more high-quality workers for Oklahoma’s economy.

During the winner’s workshop was at ODCTE in April, eight Dell employees mentored students preparing for IT events at BPA Nationals. They spent the day with students, teaching everything from binary code to career advice. They asked the students to give feedback after they compete at nationals so the Dell employees can better prepare our students next year.

Bruce Theinert, a retired training manager, is now volunteering his time to help Dell make a connection with CareerTech’s technology centers around the state. He has influenced the culture at Dell for more than 10 years and now wants to make a difference in the lives of CareerTech students. He is passionate about helping students with technical skills develop the soft skills they need to be successful. Theinert has been traveling to technology centers to provide free workshops for students and connect instructors with hiring managers at Dell.

He and three other Dell employees also recently met with a cybersecurity group to review competencies and certifications on the BMITE syllabi. The instructors gave brief introductions about their programs and student populations before they split into groups to review competencies, resources and certifications. The group was very impressed with the programs and the willingness of the instructors to received feedback.

Submitted by Tonja Bell, program specialist,


Mid-Del Technology Center names Warren CAT as Partner in Progress

Mid-Del Technology Center named Warren CAT its 2017 Partner in Progress.

Warren Power and Machinery, doing business as Warren CAT, came to Oklahoma in 2002. Mid-Del Technology Center contacted the company about buying or leasing construction equipment for training purposes for adult students enrolled in building trades programs and for safety training updates on the Business and Industry Training Campus. Warren CAT suggested a lease with flexible terms, which has allowed Mid-Del to maintain up-to-date, dependable, safe equipment for students, along with training on each piece of equipment for the instructors.

The partnership allows Mid-Del to offer free training to daytime adult students, making them more employable. Warren CAT also helps the tech center offer construction equipment training for safety certifications and trade specific technique lessons for building trades.


CareerTech’s CIMC releasing series on parliamentary procedure

“Parliamentary Procedure Basics,” a set of five books, will soon be available from Oklahoma CareerTech’s Curriculum and Instruction Materials Center.

The guide is intended to help students learn the basics of parliamentary procedure and outlines the fundamentals for training parliamentary procedure teams. Units in the books are “History and Development,” “Parliamentary Procedure Today,” “Meeting Conduct,” “Main Motions,” “Privileged Motions,” “Subsidiary Motions,” “Incidental Motions” and “Unclassified Motions.”

The guide includes example motions and wordings to help students correctly use terms during business meetings.

The set of five books will be $47 and will be available soon at


Summer Conference registration is open

Registration for the 50th annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer conference is open at

The conference will be Aug. 1-2 at the Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center. For more information, visit


CareerTech events

FACS May Professional Development, May 23

Carl Perkins Basic Grant Application Training, Kiamichi Technology Center, Atoka Campus, May 23

TSA Summer Leadership Experience, May 24

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, June 5

FCCLA District Officer Training, June 7


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