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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-3-5

CareerTech featured in EAST Quarterly

Northeast Technology Center is one of five schools featured in an article in the Winter 2018 issue of EAST Quarterly.

Northeast Tech’s Environmental and Spatial Technology Initiative program was selected for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s 2018 Stories: YES grant program. Northeast Tech’s program has partnered with the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum on the project, for which students are creating 90-second videos highlighting items from the museum’s collection.

Facilitator Brook Easton told EAST Quarterly that the students’ goal is to allow people to use virtual reality headsets to view items.



Oklahoma CareerTech represented on a national level

At Good Morning America.
An Oklahoma member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America joined the national FCCLA officer team at a taping of “Good Morning America” recently.

Alexis Peeper, Drummond, serves as the national vice president of community service. During FCCLA week, the national officer team were audience guests on the morning show, where they were asked about the organization and its mission.

FCCLA at Capitol
With Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
The national officers then went to Capitol Hill to advocate for FCCLA and career and technology education. They met with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., about reauthorization of Perkins Act funding.

With FFA national officers.
The officers also met with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to update its Family and Consumer Sciences Division about FCCLA activities that fit with its mission.

While on Capitol Hill, the FCCLA officers unexpectedly met the national FFA officers for a photo.









CareerTech Champion: Alesha Thompson – Meridian Technology Center

Alesha Thompson holds a bottle of water at a lake.THEN: A high school student from Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a passion for science and math. Alesha Thompson enrolled in Meridian Technology Center’s biotechnology program and became the program’s top graduating student in 2013. Pursuing her love of STEM and health, Alesha

  • Took advanced STEM classes including microbiology, chemistry, statistics and calculus.
  • Learned how to use Excel to create graphs and analyze data.
  • Developed laboratory skills that prepared her for more advanced work in a research environment.

NOW: Alesha received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and is now finishing her first year as a graduate research assistant at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of her work in the master’s of public health program, she rebuilt the clinic’s quality improvement database. Alesha conducts data analyses and provides graphs to assist clinic doctors. She is doing her practicum at the Center for Disease Control, where she is researching emerging contaminants in drinking water for the National Environmental Health Public Health Tracking branch. After graduation, Alesha plans to pursue a doctorate in environmental justice.

CareerTech events

BPA State Leadership Conference, March 12

CareerTech Board Meeting, March 29

FCCLA State Competitive Events, April 3

Instructional Leaders Quarterly Meeting, April 5

HOSA State Leadership Conference, April 9


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

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. – Bobby Knight
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