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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-1-22

Oklahoma one of first eight states to increase SkillsUSA membership

2017-2018 State Officer TeamOklahoma joins seven other states to increase membership in SkillsUSA from last year, Tim Lawrence, national executive director for SkillsUSA, announced Monday.

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Darren Gibson is the SkillsUSA Oklahoma state director.

Other states that have increased SkillsUSA membership are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington.

Oklahoma SkillsUSA provides opportunities for students to develop employability skills, leadership skills and the vital work ethic needed to be successful in the workplace. Oklahoma’s membership last year was 12,866 and continues to grow.



Lottery scholarship applications open for spring semester

Applications for spring semester lottery scholarships are now open. The deadline to apply is Jan. 29.



OK Career Guide elementary platform pilot planned

Oklahoma CareerTech will launch a pilot of the highly anticipated elementary platform OK Career Guide this spring. The pilot will focus on the first two modules of the Galaxy platform: the energy and health career fields.

Students can learn about careers through game-based missions in which they explore, learn and solve problems and build their career awareness foundations. This pilot group will help Kuder Career Planning System and OK Career Guide by providing user feedback for a statewide rollout later in 2018.

OK Career Guide


Business and industry services through technology centers make a difference

Training for Industry, 32; firefighter training, 346; OBAN, 1,320; safety, 2,212; adult & career development, 1,099; industry specific, 4,220.Oklahoma’s CareerTech technology centers continue to make strides in providing business and industry services to more than 7,800 companies. The services help companies expand and improve operations by providing customized training and organizational development opportunities.

Economic development resources include training for industry programs for new, existing and growing companies as well as funding for training volunteer firefighters and for safety and health. Our agricultural business management and small business management services and incubators provide entrepreneurial consulting and training across the state.

The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network assists companies with contracting with local, state, federal and tribal governments.


CareerTech events

Teacher Academy, Jan. 24

DECA Career Development Conference, Feb. 13

CareerTech Board Meeting, Feb. 15

BPA State Leadership Conference, March 12

CareerTech Board Meeting, March 29


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

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum

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