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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-2-26

CareerTech Champion: Camellio Gonzales – Western Technology Center - Burns Flat

Camellio Gonzales stands in a carpentry shop.THEN: A former carpenter for an electric company, building pads for air conditioning units. Camellio Gonzales was laid off from his job and decided to go back to school. The Sentinel resident was looking for a career that was interesting and in-demand, and he enrolled at Western Technology Center-Burns Flat to sharpen his carpentry skills. Camellio recently completed the construction technology program, where he

  • Received numerous industry certifications.
  • Received a Silver award on the ACT Career Readiness Certification WorkKeys test.
  • Broadened his carpentry knowledge and learned to use a variety of tools and machinery.
  • Completed safety training.
  • Learned the importance of good math skills for the carpentry profession.

NOW: Working on an industrial technology for manufacturing degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Camellio said his time at Western Technology Center was “a godsend” because he can now see possibilities beyond the plywood. He is more confident and comfortable using the equipment in his program at SWOSU.


CTE Month: Celebrate today, own tomorrow!

Oklahoma CareerTech trains world-class workforce

CareerTech Education Month once again finds Oklahoma CareerTech focusing on powering Oklahoma’s economy by developing a world-class workforce in Oklahoma.

“Helping students discover careers they love and helping them learn the skills they need to enter those careers is vital to developing Oklahoma’s economy -- as is providing employees with the skills that business and industry need now and will need in the future,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education state director.

The Oklahoma CareerTech System is composed of local technology centers; services and training for business and industry; programs in K-12 schools; skills centers programs in Oklahoma correctional facilities; and adult basic education programs. In fiscal year 2017, CareerTech’s enrollments totaled more than 500,000, and CareerTech System graduates added more than $3.5 billion to Oklahoma’s economy.




National Technical Honor Society students to spend Day at the Capitol

Oklahoma Members of the National Technical Honor Society will visit the state Capitol on Feb. 28.

During NTHS Day at the Capitol, students will have the opportunity to visit with their legislators.

NTHS honors the achievements of career and technology education students.


CareerTech students visit state Capitol

CareerTech student organization officers pose for a photo at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

CareerTech student organization presidents stand in the rotunda at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

 CareerTech student organization members watch legislators from the gallery at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

Members of Oklahoma CareerTech student organizations visited the state Capitol on Feb. 27.

During CTSO Day at the Capitol, members of FCCLA, BPA, DECA, HOSA, FFA, TSA and SkillsUSA visited legislators, toured the Capitol building and watched legislators from the gallery.


CareerTech events

Teacher Institute 2017-2018 Cohort, March 9

BPA State Leadership Conference, March 12

CareerTech Board Meeting, March 29

FCCLA State Competitive Events, April 3

Instructional Leaders Quarterly Meeting, April 5


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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