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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-1-29

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CTE Month: Celebrate today, own tomorrow!

Farm-to-fork, with a twist

Diners eat at tables under tents in front of Vinita FFA's food truck.They catered more than 4,500 dinners last year, including about 20 weddings. They have a successful farm-to-fork food truck. They even have their own farmers market, where they sell fresh produce, meat, dairy products, eggs, baked goods and homemade salsa.

A company like this would be no big deal in a metropolitan area, but this company is a pretty big deal. It’s located in a town of just over 5,000 people, and its employees are high school students. If the company had a CEO, it would be Carolyn Piguet, who also happens to be the agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser at Vinita High School.

Vinita’s FFA chapter purchased the food truck in 2017, and from March to September Piguet and her students set up each week at the student-run farmers market. They offered made-from-scratch breakfasts, including their now-famous homemade fritters. Once customers tasted the peach, blueberry, apple and pumpkin pastries, they were hooked.

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Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career and Technology Education essay contest 2017-18 information. Link:

Five Oklahoma CareerTech students named U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates

Five Oklahoma CareerTech students have been selected as candidates for the 2018 class of U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Named as U.S. Presidential Scholars for Career and Technical Education candidates are Grace Bane, Gore High School; Alyssa Carrell, McAlester High School and Kiamichi Technology Center; Jackson Nestelroad, Edmond North High School and Francis Tuttle Technology Center; Andrew Russ, Lone Wolf High School and Western Technology Center; and Tyler Wilkinson, Calumet High School.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order of the president to honor distinguished graduating high school seniors. It was expanded in 2015 to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technology education fields.


CareerTech annual report available online

Cover of CT Annual Report FY17


CareerTech events

DECA Career Development Conference, Feb. 13

CareerTech Board Meeting, Feb. 15

BPA State Leadership Conference, March 12

CareerTech Board Meeting, March 29

FCCLA State Competitive Events, April 3


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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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