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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-8-7

Special thank you to Express Employment Professionals and OkACTE

A special thank you and sincere appreciate to Bob Funk Sr. and Express Employment Professionals for continued support of our CareerTech educators. Without their support, CareerTech educators would not be honored with a cash prize for being named a winner in one of four OkACTE categories.

The winners this year were as follows:

  • Liz Dinkins, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Teacher of the Year.
  • Tanya Vasso, Meridian Technology Center, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year.
  • Cameron Dale, Elgin Public Schools, New Teacher of the Year.
  • Jessica Kriegh, Northwest Technology Center, Support Staff of the Year.

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Congratulations to the CareerTech honorees during the 50th annual conference

The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education presented several other awards during the 50th annual Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

Dr. Doug Major, superintendent of Meridian Technology Center, received Oklahoma CareerTech’s highest honor, the Francis Tuttle Award, at Summer Conference.

Ora Morgan, Autry Technology Center, received the Arch Alexander Award, and Teri Holle, Autry Technology Center, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also winning awards at Summer Conference were the following:

  • Kent Inouye, Tulsa Technology Center, National Technical Honor Society Stars of Excellence.
  • Metro Technology Center, Kaleidoscope Award.
  • Gay Pettit, Canadian Valley Technology Center -- Chickasha, Career Guidance Award.
  • Cheryl Cooksey, Autry Technology Center, Carl Perkins Community Service Award.
  • Angela Baker and Whitney Elmore, both of Southern Technology Center; Lynette Williams, Autry Technology Center; and Tyson Sullins, Kiamichi Technology Center, New Professional awards.
  • Mandy Mayberry, Autry Technology Center, Communications and Marketing Award.
  • Janet Strate, Administrator of the Year.
  • Autry Technology Center and Southern Technology Center, Distinguished Achievement awards.
  • Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, and Rep. Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs, Distinguished Service awards.
  • Broken Arrow Public Schools, State Superintendent’s Award.



19 technology centers win Gold Star awards

Nineteen technology centers received Gold Star awards during Summer Conference. The Gold Star program recognizes technology center districts that have met challenging criteria to demonstrate a level of excellence.

Gold Star winners


39 instructors earn 80 Certiport certifications

Instructors earn Certiport certifications
Thirty-nine business, marketing and IT education instructors recently earned 80 Certiport certifications during training provided by Certiport.
Certiport recently provided training and testing opportunities for business, marketing and IT education instructors at Francis Tuttle Technology Center – Rockwell Campus and Tulsa Technology Center – Peoria Campus, and 39 instructors earned certifications

During the morning sessions, Janette Sayer, Certiport territory manager, and Eric Gilbert provided statistical evidence for industry certifications and links to access the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service and Oklahoma universities that accept these certifications for college credit. A comparison of top skills for high-growth/high-wage occupations and all occupations in the United States showed that Microsoft Office was only second to oral and written communication skills in both occupational areas.

The instructors received training on GMetrix and LearnKey, which enabled them to experience how students could best prepare for the testing.

Each afternoon, instructors were able to take their choice of certification exams for free. Thirty-nine instructors earned 80 Certiport certifications. This workshop format was introduced last year with a pass rate of 77 percent. This year’s pass rate was 82 percent..

 “It was a pleasure to work with your instructors,” Sayer said. “There is a skills gap not only in Oklahoma as demonstrated in my presentation, but also globally. We need to ensure that our students are prepared to succeed academically and professionally with valid, verifiable and relevant skills that employers require. I hope that they found the workshops to be valuable and are excited to offer these credentials to their students.”

To learn more about Certiport certifications, visit its products page at or email


CareerTech grad shares his story

Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference attendees had the opportunity during the general session to watch a video of former Oklahoma FFA President Drake Boyce. He shared his story about what the CareerTech student organization has done for him.

Former Oklahoma FFA President Drake Boyce shares his story about what the CareerTech student organization has done for him.


CareerTech Events

CareerTech Board Meeting, Aug. 17

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, Aug. 24

ICBSShow 2017, Aug. 30-31

FCCLA Lead Conference, Enid, Sept. 6

FCCLA Lead Conference, Duncan, Sept. 7


Useful links

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech and on Instagram at oklahomacareertech.

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

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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