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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-9-25

Western Technology Center hosts Women Empowering Women Luncheon

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ODCTE Regional Coordinator Lori Laufer, left, and Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon.
Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon spoke at “It’s Your Time to Soar,” the Women Empowering Women Luncheon sponsored by Western Technology Center’s Business Development at the Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford.

Aragon, who has received many medals for her service, talked about the cost of freedom at the event.

When asked, “What do you say to yourself when facing difficult or tough situations?” Aragon said, “I’m an Oklahoma girl! I remind myself I have to do this. The freedom of this nation depends on it. Men and women, we have to suck it up and just do what needs to be done.”

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Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon spoke at Western Technology Center's Women Empowering Women Luncheon at the Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford.

Financial education conference slated

Financial education, business and civic leaders will gather Nov. 1 at Moore Norman Technology Center for the Financial Education in Oklahoma Conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition; the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch; and Tinker Federal Credit Union.

The conference is designed to connect education, business and civic leaders with new partners, initiatives and resources to help improve the financial education and strength of Oklahoma students, workers and families.

Speakers will include representatives of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, United Way Worldwide, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. It is free, but registration is required. For more information, contact Annette Phillips at or 405-270-8404.



Great to talk about Oklahoma CareerTech

I appreciate the opportunity to speak with the Greater Oklahoma City Partnership about the role Oklahoma CareerTech plays in economic development.

The Greater Oklahoma City Partnership is a 10-county regional economic development organization dedicated to the growth and prosperity of center Oklahoma, a region of more than 1.4 million people. Founded in 2004, the partnership leverages the region’s economic developers and resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of the central Oklahoma region.


Oklahoma Works plans 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

Register an event


OkACTE to hold second unconference

The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education will hold OkACTE Excellence from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Tulsa Technology Center’s Owasso Campus.

OkACTE Excellence is an unconference, at which participants will create their own agendas and lead their own discussions. OkACTE held its first unconference in October 2016.

This year’s event will include a focus on the OkACTE awards program. Roberta Sams, ACTE Region IV awards chairman, will give a breakdown of the national awards process.

Registration for the event ends Oct. 24. The cost is $50 per person.

More info


CareerTech events

BPA/DECA Fall Leadership Conference, Sept. 27

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

GuidanceFest 2017 - Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, Oct. 3

OK Career Guide Training - ADMS & Implementation Strategies, Oct. 3

Long-Term Care/Nurse Aide Workshop, Oct. 4


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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