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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-11-5

Oklahoma CareerTech honors all who served

Picture of United States flag with shadow overlay of soldiers. Veterans Day: Honoring all who served.

ODCTE gives back

Oklahoma CareerTech employees recently raised $18,934.47 (as of Nov. 8) for the United Way of Payne County, which supports 21 helping agencies in all of Payne County.

ODCTE employees also gave enough food to fill more than five barrels for the Junior Service League of Stillwater’s annual Harvest II Food Drive. JSL distributes the food to 10 area agencies that then give it to area residents who need it.


CareerTech Champion: Ethan Tucker – Red River Technology Center

Ethan Tucker stands next to an HVAC unit.THEN: A home-school student growing up on his grandparents’ farm. Ethan Tucker never received a diploma, and when he decided to work outside the farm, his options were limited. At Red River Technology Center, he signed up for high school equivalency classes, at the same time enrolling in Red River’s HVAC program. He went half days to HSE classes, and the other half of the day he studied HVAC.

“I chose HVAC because there’s a constant need for heating, and in Oklahoma there’s an even greater need for cooling experts,” Ethan said.

 Ethan said at Red River, he:

  • Earned his HSE diploma.
  • Learned fundamentals of electrical skills.
  • Gained mechanical troubleshooting skills related to heating and air conditioning.
  • Won both state and national titles at SkillsUSA competitions.

“I’m a competitive guy,” he said, “and SkillsUSA allowed me to compete while working on my troubleshooting skills.”

NOW: Ethan is an industrial maintenance technician for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Lawton, Oklahoma.

“SkillsUSA is probably the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Ethan Tucker, industrial maintenance technician


Northeast Tech completes incident and injury free training for more than 750 local employees

Northeast Technology Center’s Business and Industry Services department recently trained more than 750 people in one month for a local employer.

Construction job site partner Whiting-Turner talked to Northeast Tech about an immediate need for incident and injury free training for groups of more than 50 employees. Northeast Tech received the request on Oct. 3 and by the end of the month had trained more than 750 employees.

“We turned the hangar into a large classroom to accommodate a max of 65 students in attendance in one class,” said Daniel Shaw, Northeast Tech director of safety. “This training consisted of an English class in the morning and a Spanish class in the afternoon.”

Because classes ran from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day to meet the deadline, BIS staff members worked modified hours. Northeast Tech also worked with MidAmerica Industrial Park to use the Expo Center parking lot next door because the number of students exceeded BIS parking capacity.

“The entire BIS staff should be commended for being flexible, accommodating and contributing to the successful completion of this training,” Shaw said. “In addition to the trainers, our office staff went over and above in making sure our guests had everything they needed in the way of information and refreshments, while also managing the hectic pace of all the day-to-day activities that take place in the BIS department.”
To learn more about Northeast Tech's IIF Training, contact Daniel Shaw at (918) 476-8252.


Autry Tech works with business leaders through Executive Leadership Council

To ensure it was on track to provide a productive and prepared workforce for local employers, Autry Technology Center in Enid established a network of key influencers from local industry partners.

In 1996, then-Superintendent James W. Strate and Autry Tech began a series of meetings and discussions with area businesses and industry leaders based on the belief that these leaders should have a stake in developing and shaping the future workforce. During the process, writes Brady McCullough, Autry superintendent and CEO, they discovered that area business leaders also shared the belief that to find effective solutions to common issues they must all work together. 

From those meetings came the Executive Leadership Council, a group designed to facilitate awareness and discussion of critical issues that affect growth and prosperity of area companies and their workforce. The council, which is coordinated by Autry Tech, meets once a month from September through April and is composed of high-level decision makers from the largest 25 employers in the Autry district, representing industries from agriculture to health care, manufacturing to education.

Local legislators are also involved with the council at the monthly meeting at Autry Tech, listening to the issues and concerns of the group in order find the best solutions at the state level.

One initiative implemented after feedback from ELC was a renewed focus on safety and the hiring of a full-time safety coordinator. Autry is now recognized as one of the top safety training centers in the state. Autry also implemented simulator training at the request of ELC, offering a heavy equipment simulator, a driver simulator and other simulators for training opportunities across the state.

The tech center also recently implemented a full-time IT coach and innovation team after hearing specific needs from ELC members. This team works with businesses to develop integrated technology solutions within the workplace.

This is just one example of how to bridge the gap between the training of a technology center and the needs of the local economy, McCullough wrote.

Information from Association for Career and Technical Education and National Council of Local Administrators

CareerTech events

TechCAP, Nov. 8

Government Contracting for Veterans, Nov. 9

CareerTech Board Meeting, Nov. 15

OSU Teacher Institute 2018-2019, Nov. 15

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


Useful links

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National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

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