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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-2-5

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
to attend 92nd State FFA Convention

FFA Agricultural Education logoU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will address FFA members and guests at the 92nd State FFA Convention.

Oklahoma agricultural education and the FFA prepare students for careers in production agriculture, agribusiness, emerging agricultural-related occupations, entrepreneurship and foundational skills essential to any career. In FY17, 439 Oklahoma agricultural education teachers had approximately 28,000 enrollments in agricultural education.

FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Its motto is “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

 CTE Month: Celebrate today, own tomorrow!

Providing career paths for students

Western Tech and SWOSU
Hoyt Lewis, WTC superintendent, and Randy Beutler, SWOSU president.
Western Technology Center and Southwestern Oklahoma State University have agreed to a partnership involving the medical laboratory technician and radiologic tech programs offered by SWOSU-Sayre. This agreement provides another career pathway for WTC students to continue their education in the health services.

As another part of the agreement, SWOSU will provide annual scholarships to WTC graduates who wish to pursue their studies at the university level.

“WTC has provided a steady workforce for health care services since 1971,” said WTC Superintendent Hoyt Lewis. “Our practical nursing, health careers certification, CNA, CMA, EMT, paramedic, dental hygiene and dental assisting training programs serve western Oklahoma and beyond. This partnership with SWOSU is a cost-efficient way to sustain existing health programs and continue to supply a workforce for high-demand, high-wage occupations and careers.”

Both the MLT and RT programs are nationally accredited and have a long and distinguished history on the SWOSU campus in Sayre.

Educators invited to learn about economic outlook

Evening at the Fed: Dinner and Discussion for Educators.The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch, is inviting educators to learn about the current economic outlook at Evening at the Fed.

Chad Wilkerson, Oklahoma City Branch executive and economist, and Cecilia Robinson-Woods, Millwood Public Schools superintendent and a member of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Community Development Advisory Council, will speak to K-12 and postsecondary educators.

The event will be March 1 at the Oklahoma City Branch, 211 N. Robinson, Two Leadership Square, Suite 300, Oklahoma City. It will begin at 4:45 p.m. with registration and a resource fair. A buffet dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m., and the program will be at 6 p.m.

Attendees will receive free, classroom-ready materials to help apply economics and personal finance content into existing curriculum, as well as a professional development certificate.

The event is free, but registration is required.



Celebrate 28 Days of Oklahoma CareerTech

The Oklahoma CareerTech System’s has five delivery arms: technology centers, K-12 schools, adult basic education, Skills Centers and business and industry services.

There are 29 tech center districts, 391 K-12 school districts with CareerTech courses, 31 ABE provides and 16 Skills Centers in Oklahoma correctional facilities. CareerTech business and industry services helped 7,824 companies in fiscal year 2017.

Oklahoma CareerTech graduates add more than $3.5 billion to the state’s economy annually.

For more of 28 days of Oklahoma CareerTech, visit our social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.


CareerTech events

DECA Career Development Conference, Feb. 13

CareerTech Board Meeting, Feb. 15

Teacher Institute 2017-2018 Cohort, March 9

BPA State Leadership Conference, March 12

CareerTech Board Meeting, March 29


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