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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-9-11

Metro Tech auto body repair graduates complete prestigious Service King apprenticeship

Willie Cramer Jr. and Delbert Butler
Willie Cramer Jr. and Delbert Butler, both graduates of Metro Tech's auto body repair program, recently graduated from Service King's 52-week Apprentice Development Program.
Two Metro Tech auto body repair program graduates – Willie Cramer Jr. and Delbert Butler – recently graduated from Service King’s prestigious 52-week Apprentice Development Program.

Both were selected for the program after Service King visited the auto body repair program last year and saw a car restoration project the two men were working on in class. They were offered apprenticeships on the spot and are only the second class to graduate since the program’s inception.

The Service King Apprentice Development Program is designed to equip the next generation of collision repair technicians, as there has been a shortage in recent years. The paid training program provides apprentices the opportunity to work side-by-side with Service King master techs who “put their heart into training new technicians,” said Service King Apprentice Development Director Roy Viral.

During a graduation reception held for Cramer and Butler, Viral and Executive Vice President of Operations Brent McKinney praised both men on their work ethic and commitment. They will receive excellent compensation, a $6,000 tool set and full company benefits.

The Metro Tech auto collision program is located at Metro Tech’s South Bryant Campus and is taught by Zac Smith.

Information provided by Metro Tech

Francis Tuttle grad competes on ‘MasterChef’

Gabriel Lewis, a Francis Tuttle Technology Center graduate, finished in the top seven in the eighth season of ‘MasterChef.’

Chef and judge Gordon Ramsay offered to pay for him to continue his education in culinary. The Oklahoman reports that Lewis is enrolled at Johnson & Wales University-Denver. Chef/judge Aaron Sanchez also offered Lewis a job in New Orleans when he finishes his education.

The Francis Tuttle community supported Lewis with watch parties, one of which was featured recently on Fox 25’s morning show.  Lewis said he's always loved to cook, but it was two years at the School of Culinary Arts at Francis Tuttle that cemented his career path.

“Francis Tuttle helped me find my passion,” Lewis told The Oklahoman. “It gave me the confidence to chase my dream.”

Watch party

The Oklahoman report


CareerTech Skills Centers help inmates build new lives

CareerTech Skills Centers programs at the Enid Community Corrections Center helped one former inmate develop skills to build a new life after his release, according to an article in the Enid News and Eagle.

Skills Centers in Oklahoma correctional facilities provide adult and juvenile offenders with job skills and life skills.

Read the story

Career Exposure week organized by Oklahoma Works

Oklahoma Works is organizing a Career Exposure Week Nov. 13-17 in Oklahoma and is seeking help to identify businesses that may participate, encourage those businesses to host an event and/or connect businesses with local K-12, CareerTech or higher education institutions. Events can include job shadow opportunities, career fairs, career panels and business guest speakers.

For more information on the week of events or to know which businesses are being requested to participate, contact Sarah Ashmore at

Register an event


CareerTech fall lottery scholarships for educators application period is open

The fall lottery scholarship application period is now open. Applicants must meet the below eligibility requirements. The application period will close at midnight Sept. 24.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Oklahoma resident.
  • Minimum current GPA 2.5.
  • Attending university or college accredited by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

In addition, applications must fit into the following categories:

Category: Teaching Certification/Credential

  • Full-time CareerTech teacher who meets one of the three below criteria:
  • Working toward earning a teacher certification or degree.
    • alternatively certified teacher taking required hours.
    • provisionally certified teacher working toward bachelor’s degree.
  • Working toward completing an industry certification required or preferred by the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Education.
  • Working toward completing hours required for ODCTE certification.
  • Full-time Practical Nursing Instructor working on a master’s degree in nursing as an accreditation requirement.
  • Skills Center teacher working toward a teaching credential.
  • College student seeking bachelor's degree in CareerTech education taking 3000-4000 level courses related to major.



CareerTech events

Teacher Academy, Sept. 13

FCCLA Lead Conference, Stillwater, Sept. 14

FCCLA Lead Conference, Shawnee, Sept. 19

FCCLA Lead Conference, McAlester, Sept. 20

CareerTech board meeting, Sept. 21


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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