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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-12-3

Francis Tuttle instructor wins national award

Oklahoma CareerTech’s 2017 Teacher of the Year Liz Dinkins was named the national Teacher of the Year at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, recently.

Dinkins teaches graphic communications at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Dinkins’ uses a project-based curriculum that prepares students for the workforce and personalizes students’ learning tracks to keep students engaged. She recently enabled her students to determine the order in which they wanted to learn the curriculum based on their interests.

All of her students are members of the CareerTech co-curricular student organization Business Professionals of America and compete at state and national levels.

Dinkins was one of five finalists for the award, which recognizes the finest career and technology teachers at the middle school/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of career and technology education in their institutions and communities.


Career Conversations workshops planned for counselors

Two Career Conversations workshops will be held next week at Francis Tuttle Business Innovation Center in Edmond.

Oklahoma CareerTech is sponsoring the workshops Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 with funds from Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools That Work and Technology Centers That Work programs.

Jennifer Curry, professor of counselor education at Louisiana State University, will present the workshop. She specializes in career and college readiness and has served as an elementary, middle and high school counselor. Additionally, she is an associate editor of the Professional School Counseling journal and has served as guest editor of the journal, a journal reviewer, a delegate of the American School Counselor Association’s Delegate Assembly and president of the Louisiana School Counselor Association.

The workshops will help attendees guide their students to identify interests and abilities and to introduce students to careers and the world of work.

The cost is $25, and seating is limited.

Dec. 10 registration

Dec. 11 registration


Duncan area car race generates STEM interest

A Red River Technology Center pre-engineering academy student recently placed first overall in a CO2 car race competition at the Duncan Area Youth Engineering Contest.

The contest, organized by the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, is designed to generate area students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students from schools in Red River Tech’s district built CO2-powered race cars out of blocks of wood and raced them on a 90-foot track.

Marlow High School senior and RRTC student Gavin Banks won the engineering competition, and his car finished second in the race.

The competition was recently featured in an article in The Oklahoman.

The Oklahoman story


CareerTech prepares to launch career awareness program for elementary students

Teachers and counselors across the country observed national Career Development Month in November.

Here in Oklahoma, a number of ongoing initiatives encourage career awareness, including CareerTech’s new and improved Connect 2 Business, a component of OK Career Guide that connects students, adults and educators with local businesses tied to key industries.

Research indicates that most students form their career aspirations by age 14, which makes career exploration critical during the upper-elementary and middle-school years. To meet this crucial need, CareerTech is preparing to launch a career awareness program designed for children in grades kindergarten through fifth. According to Amy Wilcox, an elementary counselor for Lawton Public Schools, the new Galaxy program will help students become more goal-oriented, improve their self-esteem, and encourage them to explore both traditional and non-traditional careers.


CareerTech: Get skilled. Get paid.


CareerTech events

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

TechCAP, Dec. 6

OSU Teacher Institute 2018-2019, Dec. 6

Enhancing Literacy Based Instruction - Session 2, Dec. 10

Labor Standards for Government Contracts, Dec. 11


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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