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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-9-18

Administrative rules are effective Sept. 11

The administrative rules that were submitted last year have been approved and are posted on the website. Rules


New PDK poll shows Americans overwhelmingly support career preparation in high school

The 49th annual PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released recently and once again showed the importance of career preparation in K-12 for American students, according to AdvanceCTE Week in Review.

Respondents overwhelmingly supported the idea that students need classes devoted to preparing them for the real world, including training for specific careers and training on employability and interpersonal skills. More than 80 percent indicated that they would prefer career and jobs preparation courses even if it meant students spending less time in academic courses.

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Oklahoma Works organizes Career Exposure Week

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

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MNTC student earns Boy Scout National Medal for Outdoor Achievement

Kyle McBride, an accounting services student at Moore Norman Technology Center and junior at Westmoore High School, recently received the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement from Boy Scouts of America.

According to the Boy Scouts of America website, it is the highest recognition that a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout or Venturer can earn for exemplary achievement, experience and skill in multiple areas of outdoor endeavor to include camping, hiking, conservation, aquatics, riding and adventure.

“I've repainted trail markers on the Chisholm Trail, helped build a playground for a day care in Moore, built trails at Martin Park Nature Center and other projects. I've also been trained in wilderness first aid according to the Red Cross's requirements,” said McBride.

He is a first-year student in MNTC’s accounting services career program. He takes the class a part of his regular high school schedule and is an active member of Business Professionals of America. He said he is certain of attending college after high school and looks to pursue a career in accounting.

“I chose the accounting program because it's a good skill to have. Accounting covers a wide range of potential careers and it certainly doesn't hurt that it tends to pay good money,” said McBride.

Accounting services instructor Leslie Phrem said, “Kyle is such a great student and is so humble. Each Monday we have a class meeting and students have an opportunity to share about special things happening, interviews, or awards. He didn’t mention a thing! We’re all so proud of him.”

Information from Moore Norman Technology Center


CareerTech employees participate in United Way of Payne County Day of Caring

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ODCTE employee Tom Casey works outside the home of a Mobile Meals recipient on the United Way of Payne County Day of Caring.
Several CareerTech staff members took time off work Sept. 21 to join other Stillwater, Perkins and Cushing residents for the United Way of Payne County Day of Caring to kick off this year’s campaign, 65 Years of Living United.

The Day of Caring is an opportunity to help the United Way’s partner agencies, clients and others with projects that they might not have the staff, finances or time to complete. The CareerTech team worked at a Mobile Meals client’s home. CareerTech employees worked outside, planting, weeding, mowing, pruning and more.

Beyond helping partners, the Day of Caring is an opportunity to see firsthand the needs of the community and the work of the United Way of Payne County. Volunteers see the impact of their contributions to the campaign and the impact their donations can make on those in the community.


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The Oklahoma CareerTech Day of Caring Team stands with Mobile Meals recipient Viola Shoup, at whose house they worked. Pictured are, from left, Tom Casey, Nathan Brubaker, Shoup, Connie Romans, Kyla Trammell, Kim Hale and Kevin Terronez.

CareerTech events

OK Career Guide Training - Beginner, Sept. 21

CareerTech board meeting, Sept. 21

Fall 2017 Carl Perkins Guidance Services Professional Learning Network, Sept. 26

BPA/DECA Fall Leadership Conference, Sept. 27

OK Career Guide Training - My Ed Plans, E-Portfolio & Connection to Business, Oct. 2


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National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

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