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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-7-3

Retirees give total of 246 years of great service to CareerTech

Congratulations to ODCTE retirees for their many years of service and dedication to career and technology education. Their contributions are many, and their efforts are endless. We have been fortunate to have them as a part of our staff for many years and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

The following employees are retiring this summer:

  • Jim Bullington -- July 5 (28 years)
  • Judy Haley -- July 5 (23 years)
  • Mike Harper -- July 5 (26 years)
  • Kimberly Sadler -- July 5 (32 years)
  • Donna Sinnes -- July 5 (39 years)
  • Liz Walton -- July 5 (33 years)
  • Jo Kahn -- July 7 (16 years)
  • Barbara Laughlin -- July 7 (20 years)
  • Tom Fields -- Aug. 2 (29 years)

Thank you for your many years of service and all of the lives you have positively affected. Enjoy your retirement.


Francis Tuttle Technology Center names Nestle Purina PetCare as Partner for Progress

Francis Tuttle Technology Center named Nestle Purina PetCare as its 2017 Partner for Progress.

Nestle Purina’s relationship with Francis Tuttle Tech began more than 20 years ago. Nestle Purina was establishing a training program for maintenance technicians and looked to Francis Tuttle’s Business and Industry Service’s team for assistance.

Francis Tuttle provided an embedded trainer at the plant who designed, developed and delivered training customized to the unique skills required for maintenance technicians at the company’s location in Edmond/Oklahoma City. The initiative established the foundation of Nestle Purina’s modern-day training program.

“Nestle Purina has been operating in Oklahoma City since 1971 and has benefitted in many ways for support provided by Francis Tuttle. Francis Tuttle has been flexible in meeting the needs of Nestle Purina, from providing customized training programs to assistance in finding industry solutions within the Francis Tuttle network,” Said Kris Bilbrey, plant manager. “Through Francis Tuttle’s sponsorship of a manufacturing extension agent, they helped establish Nestle Purina’s relationship with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and the Enterprise Excellence Group. Francis Tuttle has always gone above and beyond to meet the needs of Nestle Purina, up to and including the provision of meeting spaces and business Spanish classes for associates.”

The tech center has also provided customized technical training, leadership and management development and safety training.

“Developing a skilled workforce is one of the most important challenges facing Nestle Purina as it plans to future success in Oklahoma City,” Bilbrey said.


Oklahoma SkillsUSA top in winners for the second year in a row

Oklahoma SkillsUSA brought home more medals from the SkillsUSA Championships than any other state for the second year in a row. Oklahoma students won 68 medals at the competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Congratulations, Oklahoma SkillsUSA!


Oklahoma HOSA making an impact

Oklahoma HOSA was represented at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, by 285 students and advisers. Two Oklahoma HOSA members, Aksah Cherian and Jose Diosdado, received National HOSA scholarships.

Oklahoma HOSA was recognized for several achievements at the conference:

  • Oklahoma HOSA had a 6.6 percent membership increase.
  • Oklahoma HOSA raised the most money, $12,633, for the national service project, National Alliance on Mental Illness.
  • The state had the first place postsecondary winner of the Healthcare Issues Exam.
  • Seven chapters were recognized for HOSA Happenings.
  • Nine chapters were recognized for raising more than $100 for NAMI.
  • Thirteen chapters were recognized for raising more than $500 for NAMI.
  • Five students were recognized for volunteering more than 30 hours with Medical Reserve Corps.
  • Eight students were recognized for more than 250 volunteer hours.
  • Nine students were recognized for 175-249 volunteer hours.
  • Thirty-three students were recognized for 100-174 volunteer hours.
  • Oklahoma HOSA brought home 35 medals (gold, silver, bronze), and 40 students were recognized in the Top 10 for their competitive events.


Bob Parrish named eighth superintendent of Metro Technology Centers

Metro Technology Centers named Bob Parrish – current associate superintendent of business and operational services/treasurer – the eighth superintendent of Metro Tech. He will succeed Elaine Stith, who announced her retirement in February. Parrish assumed all superintendent duties July 1.

For the past 17 years, Parrish has built a successful career at Metro Tech. His Metro Tech career started as the purchasing manager in 1999; he was promoted to chief financial officer in 2004; and since 2008, he has served as the associate superintendent of business and operational services. He is regularly seen supporting student events, keeping internal and external stakeholders aware of budget issues and continuing to improve Metro Tech’s financial situation despite budget obstacles. Mr. Parrish said the culture at Metro Tech prompted him to apply for the position.

“Metro Tech is the best CareerTech in the state, it’s a great place to work, and it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to become superintendent,” he said.

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southwestern University in Weatherford, Parrish brings an impressive 26 years of educational experience into his new role as superintendent. He worked in accounting roles for the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career Technology Education. He holds the Oklahoma standard superintendent certificate, Oklahoma CareerTech administrators endorsement, business education teaching certificate and CareerTech business education certificate. He is also a certified school business manager.

Parrish has many goals in his new role as superintendent: to locate additional avenues for positive and related graduate placement and continue initiated by Stith to finish the remodel of Metro Tech’s South Bryant Campus. Parrish was instrumental in securing $5 million in tax-increment financing for the project from the Oklahoma City Council in 2016. The renovation project will give the 51-year-old campus an updated appearance with new facades and covered walkways that connect buildings.

Information submitted by Metro Technology Centers

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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