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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-12-17

‘Rethink CTE’ Summit held in Washington, D.C.

As state director of Oklahoma CareerTech, I had the honor to serve on a panel about Perkins V at the “Rethink Career and Technical Education” Summit Dec. 14 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

The invitation-only summit examined the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) levers of opportunity and allowed participants to identify ways they can use those opportunities to help launch students on meaningful career paths and address the growing skills gap in the United States.

As a panelist for “Leveraging Opportunities in Perkins V,” I shared how Oklahoma puts policy into practice and how economic development in our state is dependent upon the work CareerTech does to provide a qualified workforce.


Southwest Technology Center meets needs for aerospace industry

Fifteen people graduated from an aircraft attendant program developed by southwest Technology Center's Business Development Team for Altus Air Force Base.The Southwest Technology Center Business Development Team developed an aircraft attendant program and graduated 15 people in four months after a request from Altus Air Force Base.

Representatives of the Altus AFB maintenance squadron approached SWTC Business Development Director Kerry Evans about a need for trained aircraft attendants and listed exactly what skills, knowledge and training they would need.

SWTC’s Business Development Team developed a curriculum, and after a six-week intensive program, 15 people graduated as aircraft attendants and are eligible to apply for positions on base.


First class graduates from partnership’s culinary arts program

A culinary arts program in which Metro Technology Centers and Oklahoma CareerTech are partners had its first graduation ceremony this month.

The program is a partnership among Metro Tech, The Education and Employment Ministry, It’s My Community Initiative, Oklahoma CareerTech, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The 120-hour course teaches students basics of kitchen safety, food preparation and customer service and prepares students to complete the ServeSafe examination to obtain certification.

The program’s first class graduated Dec. 13 at TEEM’s location in Oklahoma City. Two of the eight participants have already found jobs in culinary arts.


Northeast Tech grad wins Oklahoma Works award

Northeast Tech and Pelco Structural
From left, Phil Albert, left, Pelco Structural president; Edan Cole; and Melissa McLawhorn Houston, Oklahoma commissioner of labor and secretary for education and workforce development.
Edan Cole, who completed the welding program at Northeast Technology Center, was named 2018 Outstanding Alumni of the Year for the Northeast Oklahoma Workforce Development Area at the Oklahoma Works Alumni Celebration in November.

Cole enrolled in Northeast Tech as part of the Oklahoma Works Apprenticeship Program partnership among the technology center, the Cherokee Nation and Pelco Structural in Claremore to train more welders. She attended classroom training before beginning on-the-job training at Pelco Structural.

Cole graduated from Sand Springs High School in 2015 and had participated in the welding program while in school. She worked for OSR for nine months before leaving because of pregnancy. Daycare assistance in the apprenticeship program and her employer’s assistance with scheduling was the biggest help, Cole said. Thank you to Phil Albert, Pelco Structural president, and Melissa McLawhorn Houston, Oklahoma commissioner of labor and secretary for education and workforce development, for recognizing Edan Cole with this award.


Snow falling on the Oklahoma CareerTech sign. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year from Oklahoma CareerTech.


CareerTech events

Labor Standards for Government Contracts, Dec. 18

CareerTech Board Meeting, Jan. 17

OSU Teacher Institute 2018-2019, Jan. 18

TechCAP, Jan. 24

OkACTE STEM Mid-Winter Conference, Jan. 25


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.

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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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