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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-5-21

Advance CTE releases video to illustrate CTE’s impact

CTE: Learning that works for America; CTE, 10 percent higher high school graduation rate; non-CTE students;; link to Advance CTE video at CTE has released a new video that illustrates the impact of career and technology education.

The video  showcases what today's CTE looks like and how it prepares learners for their future careers while closing the skills gap for employers across the country. Learners who participate in CTE graduate at a higher rate, are more satisfied with their education and are just as likely as non-CTE students to go on to postsecondary education. Now, it's time that everyone understands the incredible value of CTE.

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Gordon Cooper Tech partners with Seminole State for PTA accreditation

Gordon Cooper Technology Center and Seminole State College’s joint physical therapy assistant program has been granted candidate for accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. 
GCTC Superintendent Marty Lewis and Dr. Thomas Mills of Seminole State College announced the status on May 16.
“This exciting opportunity came about through the vision of leaders at GCTC and Seminole State and the determined hard work of the PTA staff,” Lewis said. “The physical therapy assistant program provides a great new path to success for people in this area.”
DiLibero spent many hours of hard work over several years to achieve candidate for accreditation status, Lewis said. 
All technical courses for the PTA program will be held at the GCTC Shawnee Campus. Classes are set to begin this fall in newly renovated classroom and lab space at Gordon Cooper. Program Director Shakira Judeh and Academic Coordinator Laci


CareerTech Champion: Tiffany Kinsey – Tri County Technology Center

Tiffany Kinsey stands in a lab with her hand on a pipeline pipe.THEN: A high school student torn between two vastly different programs at her local technology center. Tiffany Kinsey was interested in taking both culinary arts and welding at Tri County Technology Center. She chose welding because she liked the idea of learning a little about a lot and admitted she didn’t know much about welding -- at least not then.

Tiffany Kinsey inspects a pipeline in the field.At Tri County Tech she learned enough about welding to know she liked it, and she learned that she had a passion for the fine detail associated with it. After graduating from high school and Tri County’s welding program, she attended Spartan School of Aeronautics to learn how to X-ray welds. Three years into her career, she was bringing home a six-figure salary. Tiffany said because of Tri County Tech she

  • Discovered a passion for welding.
  • Learned basic welding techniques.
  • Has no college debts.
  • Is highly recruited in the oil and gas industry. 

“The teachers are great at Tri County Tech,” Tiffany said. “They are involved in their students’ education and are true role models.”

NOW: An advanced ultrasonics technician for Element Integrity in Bartlesville, inspecting pressure valves at plants and pump stations. Tiffany is studying how infrared drones can help look for leaks. She specializes in nondestructive testing and examination.

“CareerTech students are able to get into the industry and find out what they like, what their passions are, and go to work.”

Tiffany Kinsey
Welder, Element Integrity


Summer Conference exhibitors sought

Do you have a product you would like to show to more than 4,000 people? We are looking for exhibitors for the 51st Annual CareerTech Summer Conference and Expo.

If you know someone who’d like to be an exhibitor, send them this link: OkACTE exhibitor information.

Summer Conference is an excellent opportunity for vendors to strengthen relationships with existing customers and illustrate potential resources for career and technology programs throughout Oklahoma.


CareerTech events

Southwest Procurement Conference, June 5

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Preferred Supplier Program Fair, June 10

8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Program and Federal Contracting, June 12

CareerTech Board Meeting, June 14

FCCLA National Leadership Conference, June 28


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

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming. -- Unknown
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