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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-11-19

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CareerTech Champion: Andrew Russ – Western Technology Center

Andrew Russ works on a computer.THEN: A Lone Wolf High School sophomore working as a repairman for a local computer consultant. When Andrew Russ toured Western Technology Center, the computer repair/networking program captured his attention. He enrolled the following year and completed the two-year program in eight months. He then transitioned into networking and focused on cybersecurity. In the Western Tech program, Andrew

  •  Achieved numerous certifications, including CompTIA A+/Network+, IC3 Digital Literacy, TestOut PC PRO, TestOut Network Pro, TestOut Security Pro and ACT Career Readiness Gold Certification.
  • Was involved in Skills USA, serving as secretary and president of his local chapter and as a state officer candidate.
  • Received certificates of completion, including PC Support Tech, Desktop Support Tech, Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics.

NOW: Employed full-time as a technical support analyst for the BancFirst Corp. Security Division in Oklahoma City. Andrew plans to continue his education online with Western Governors University, pursuing a cybersecurity and information assurance degree.


Tri County Tech wins national excellence honor

Tri County Technology Center has received the 2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. It is one of five recipients this year, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced.

“Receiving the Baldrige Award is an amazing honor for our staff and students. We set a goal in 2009 to obtain the award knowing that our commitment to the process would provide world-class opportunities for the students we serve. Because of the Baldrige Excellence Framework and dedicated staff, I am proud to say we have achieved that goal,” said Lindel Fields, superintendent and CEO.

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology manages the Baldrige Award in cooperation with the private sector. An independent panel of judges reviewed the evaluations performed by the board of examiners and recommended this year’s Baldrige Award recipients from a field of 27 finalist applicants, each of whom had prequalified by winning a Baldrige-based performance excellence award at the state or regional level.



Thank you to Midship Pipeline for investing in workforce development

Midship Pipeline, a project of Cheniere Energy, has donated money for STEM programs at six Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers. The tech centers, along with two universities, each received $20,000 for 3-D printers, mobile STEM libraries and equipment and software upgrades to pre-engineering and aeronautical labs.

You can read more about the gift and Oklahoma CareerTech STEM programs in a recent column I wrote for The Oklahoman.



Francis Tuttle students teach cyber skills to seniors

KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City featured a program at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in which students teach cell phone navigation and social media skills.

The Cyber Senior Class is an eight-week program that takes place at the beginning of each semester.

KFOR story



CareerTech events

OK Career Guide - ADMS & Implementation Strategies, Nov. 27

Business & Industry Services Certification Program Session II, Dec. 4

TechCAP, Dec. 6

OSU Teacher Institute 2018-19, Dec. 6

Enhancing Literacy Based Instruction Session 2, Dec. 10


Useful links

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech and on Instagram at oklahomacareertech and read our blog, Oklahoma CareerTech Delivers.

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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