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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-8-28

CareerTech Champion: Aldo Alatorre – Autry Technology Center and SkillsUSA

Aldo AlatorreTHEN: An introverted student at Pioneer High School. After graduation, Aldo Alatorre signed up for welding classes at Autry Technology Center, even though his classmates tried to tell him those classes would be a waste of time. That waste of time turned out to be his calling, he said. Aldo joined SkillsUSA and was on the state officer team. He said a trip to the national leadership conference taught him about how government works, and he made new friends along the way. In addition, he learned that he loved to weld.

“I look forward to getting up every day and striking that first welding arc,” he said. “It makes me proud to know I have a career where I can excel.”

Aldo says that Autry Tech and SkillsUSA taught him:

  • Welding skills.
  • Leadership and public speaking skills.
  • Customer service and networking skills that allow him to communicate with his customers.

NOW: A successful welder working for Rite-Way Construction LLC. Aldo says CareerTech helped him find his passion.

“I use the skills that I learned at CareerTech every day,” he said.


Professional development available at Metro Tech for STEM and health teachers

Metro Technology Centers is hosting Anatomy in Clay professional development for educators. For those interested check out this link: Anatomy in Clay Learning System PD.


CareerTech Foundation Golf Tournament a success

On behalf of the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation, thanks so much for supporting the CareerTech Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament! It was a great day for a golf tournament and it is always good to have fellowship with CareerTech educators and supporters.

Congratulations again to our winners!

The first place team was Marty Lewis, Kelly Lewis, Bob Perry and Lindsey Perry. The second place team was John Thorpe, Mark Brown, Charles Carroll and Jeff Vandever.

We were very pleased with the participation and outcome of the tournament. Proceeds will be used to provide scholarships to students seeking a teaching degree in the field of career and technology education.

The team pictures have been uploaded in a printable format to the website. Save, copy, enjoy.

Thank you again for your support of the CareerTech Foundation. We could not succeed without you. We truly appreciate your commitment to the CareerTech system. A special thank you to LaMecia Stidham for her time and dedication to making this tournament possible. Also a special thank you to Danny Darrow’s family that participated and attended the tournament to help us honor his memory.


Western Technology Center’s offers motorcycle safety course at Elk City campus

Western Technology Center instructor talks to two motorcycle safety training students while they are on their motorcycles.Western Technology Center-Elk City has recently completed its first motorcycle safety course, and additional sessions are being scheduled. The basic rider course is endorsed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and the program is now available to serve western Oklahoma through a grant from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

The course is a complete entry-level learn-to-ride class that includes classroom activities and on-cycle riding exercises. Trainers Todd Brooks and Aaron Donaldson instruct and test riders on cycling safety. They train six riders at a time with provided Yamaha V-Star 250 Western Tech instructor stands in front of student on motorcycle, waiting to signal the The students provide their own helmets, full-finger gloves and ankle-high boots and wear long-sleeve shirts and jeans.

Each class runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Participants who successfully complete the course receive endorsements if they are over 18 or already have driving permits or licenses. Approximately 40 people are on the waiting list, Brooks said.

CareerTech Events

FCCLA Lead Conference, Enid, Sept. 6

FCCLA Lead Conference, Duncan, Sept. 7

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, Sept. 8

Teacher Academy, Sept. 13

FCCLA Lead Conference, Tulsa Tech Owasso Campus, Sept. 13


Useful links

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State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Adult Basic Education Foundations newsletters

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum

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