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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-10-8

Careers in Construction Highlight: Hailee Lindo, Canadian Valley Technology Center

Hailee Lindo works in a carpentry shop.THEN: A 16-year-old Piedmont High School student whose father was a framing carpenter. Hailee Lindo said she had been on a lot of building sites with her father. She knew she was interested in houses, but not in building them. Hailee says she wants to be an interior designer, and she enrolled in CV Tech’s construction trades program as a way to get a head start on her career. At CV Tech, Hailee:

  • Is SkillsUSA vice president of the morning chapter.
  • Qualified for the regional SkillsUSA contest in cabinet making.
  • Was named student of the quarter for construction trades.
  • Serves as CV Tech’s student ambassador.

NOW: Hailee doesn’t seem to mind being in a mostly male classroom, but she wishes carpentry wasn’t a male-dominated field. She hopes that in the future there are more female framers in the carpentry industry. In the meantime, she’s learning to read blueprints and getting familiar with building codes and inspection regulations. She’ll take this knowledge with her when she goes to college, where she plans to major in interior design.

 

Southwest Technology Center joins in Manufacturing Day proclamation

Representatives of manufacturing companies, the city of Altus and Southwest Tech gather for the Manufacturing Day proclamation signing in Altus.
Seated are, from left, Peter Bauer, American Gypsum; Jack Smiley, Altus mayor; and Shane Hokett, Hokett Construction Inc. Standing are, from left, John Toler, American Gypsum; Rodger Kerr, Altus Chamber of Commerce; Scott Smith, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance; Dale Latham, SWTC superintendent/CEO; J.R. Wheeler, SWTC safety trainer; Kerry Evans, SWTC business development director; Tim Rabalais, SWTC business development coordinator; and Lori Miller, SWTC bid assistance coordinator.
Manufacturing in southwest Oklahoma today is a robust and dynamic industry, driving the creation of family-supporting jobs, inspiring innovation, and advancing the state’s economy.

There are about 90 manufactures in southwest Oklahoma employing about 11,350 workers, generating 9 percent of the region’s economy.

To help highlight the challenging and rewarding careers that manufacturing offers and to reaffirm the importance of manufacturers to Oklahoma’s economy, Altus Mayor Jack Smiley proclaimed Oct. 1 as National Manufacturing Day in Altus, along with representatives from American Gypsum, Hokett Construction Inc., Altus Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Southwest Technology Center’s Business Development Center.

Manufacturers in Oklahoma account for 9.7 percent of the total output in the state, employing 7.6 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $17.66 billion in 2016. In addition, there were 127,000 manufacturing employees in Oklahoma, with an average annual compensation of $65,265 in 2016. (source: http://www.nam.org/Data-and-Reports/State-Manufacturing-Data/State-Manufacturing-Data/January-2018/Manufacturing-Facts---Oklahoma/)

Seated are, from left, Peter Bauer, American Gypsum; Jack Smiley, Altus mayor; and Shane Hokett, Hokett Construction Inc. Standing are, from left, John Toler, American Gypsum; Rodger Kerr, Altus Chamber of Commerce; Scott Smith, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance; Dale Latham, SWTC superintendent/CEO; J.R. Wheeler, SWTC safety trainer; Kerry Evans, SWTC business development director; Tim Rabalais, SWTC business development coordinator; and Lori Miller, SWTC bid assistance coordinator.

 

OkACTE Diversity Symposium planned

The OkACTE Diversity Action Committee has planned a symposium for Nov. 9 at Moore Norman Technology Center to discuss best practices for a culturally responsive approach to student success in the LGBTQ community.

The symposium will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MNTC’s South Penn Campus. The cost is $20.

More info

Apply for Excellence in Action today

Applications are open for the 2019 Excellence in Action award.

The award, presented by Advance CTE, honors programs of study across the 16 Career Clusters that “exemplify excellence in implementation of the Career Clusters, show true progression from secondary to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success,” according to Advance CTE.

Among other things, winners will receive travel and a hotel room for one night in Washington, D.C., for a representative to be recognized at the awards ceremony in April and a discounted rate to the Advance CTE spring meeting.

More info

 

CareerTech events

BPA/DECA Fall Leadership Conference, Oct. 10

TechCAP, Oct. 11

GuidanceFest 2018 - Metro Tech-Springlake, Oct. 11

CareerTech Board Meeting, Oct. 18

BMITE Advisory Committee Meeting, Oct. 22

 

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