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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-6-26

Oklahoma HOSA raises the most money for NAMI

Oklahoma HOSA members received an award at the HOSA International Leadership Conference June 21-24 in Orlando, Fla., for their donations to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Oklahoma HOSA raised $12,633 for the National HOSA service project, more than any other state, and received the award for making the largest financial state contribution to NAMI.


Autry, Mid-Del tech centers work together to help company keep customers flying

In a hanger in Enid, highly specialized technicians lower a banged up Cessna Caravan fuselage into a special fixture designed to keep the aircraft steady and upright. Throughout the next several weeks, Aircraft Structures International Corp. technicians will carefully rebuild the single-engine turboprop from pieces until it flies home looking and operating like new again .

ASIC is the only company in the world whose workforce focuses solely on rebuilding Cessna Caravans.

Mickey Stowers founded the company in 1978 and began focusing on Cessna Caravans when he moved to Enid in 1992. ASIC has the tooling and holding fixtures to rebuild every Caravan structural component, no matter how severe the damage. Its technicians are the center of the company using their skills to fabricate and assemble the complex parts of each aircraft repair.

“The specialized skills of our technicians are second to none,” Stowers said. He credits Autry and the Oklahoma CareerTech System for helping him achieve this high level of success.

“A few years ago, ASIC faced a serious challenge finding and retaining the highly skilled workforce that we needed,” he said. “After years of working with Autry Technology Center, I turned to them to help us. Autry and Mid-Del (Technology Center) created a training partnership for us with the ODCTE aerospace liaison. Autry coordinated the program with Mid-Del developing a highly specialized curriculum and providing the instructors. Together we designed a 256-hour paid training program designed to focus specifically on the Cessna Caravan.”

ASIC provides the tools and equipment for the program and pays the students while they participate in the training. The applicants apply through Autry, and their first day of training is the first day on the job. After successfully completing the training they receive a pay increase and another after a 90-day probationary period.

Scott Bengsten, ASIC’s general manager, said the CareerTech partnership gives ASIC the ability to have the highly specialized workforce that it needs.

“We have been able to almost double our workforce, and our retention rate has stabilized to a point that we can continue to grow our business,” he said.

Autry and Mid-Del have completed two of the 256-hour training programs; the next class begins July 10.

Provided by Autry Technology Center


National FFA Washington Leadership Conference instills importance of growth, leadership, community service

FFA at Washington Leadership Conference
Oklahoma FFA members attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Two hundred and twenty Oklahoma FFA members traveled to Washington, D.C., to evaluate their personal skills and interests, develop leadership talents and create service plans that will make a difference in their communities.

Created in 1969 and held annually, Washington Leadership Conference is the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year. Oklahoma FFA members attended one of two weeks, June 4-12 or June 18-26.

In workshops, seminars and small groups, members focused on identifying and developing their personal strengths and goals while undergoing comprehensive leadership training that will help them guide their local FFA chapters. The capstone of the event was a civic engagement activity in which participants applied what they had learned to a hands-on activity.

FFA members experienced the history of the nation’s capital and toured landmarks, including the Washington Monument, War Memorial, the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Capitol

Members also met the Oklahoma legislative delegation during their visit.

The Washington Leadership Conference is coordinated by the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Through generous corporate and personal sponsorships, 50 scholarships were provided to FFA members to assist in the expense to attend the conference.

ODCTE presents Pinnacle Awards to employees

During its annual staff meeting, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education recognized seven employees for outstanding work.

Pinnacle Award recipients were Jim Bullington, Innovation; Tonja Norwood and Rebecca Clapp, Above and Beyond; Shari Goad, Nathan Brubaker and Alice Rushmore, Leadership in Achieving Excellence; and Elizabeth Armstrong and Nancy Overton, Excellence in Customer Service.


CIMC expands reach with CareerTech curriculum

In celebration of its 50th anniversary as Oklahoma’s source for CareerTech curriculum, the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center, a division of Oklahoma CareerTech, has concluded an agreement with Village Virtual LLC for the development of online courses using CIMC content.

Village Virtual is a K-12 provider of online learning, offering nearly 240 full-time and supplemental programs in partnership with schools or districts.

The initial product of the new agreement will be a career exploration course titled “Journey to Careers.” This course will integrate career exploration and employability content developed by CIMC with new media created by Village Virtual and delivered via its own learning management system.

Village Virtual customers include public and private schools, home schools, charter schools and community organizations. CIMC and Village Virtual anticipate expanding the new agreement to include courses in STEM and other CTE areas.

For information about current products, visit CIMC at and Village Virtual 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

FCCLA National Leadership Conference, July 2-6

Certiport Training, July 10-12

Family and Consumer Sciences New Teacher Academy, July 17-19

Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education New Teacher Academy, July 18-20

CareerTech Board Meeting, July 20

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