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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-6-25

CareerTech employees receive Pinnacle awards

Pinnacle Award Winners
From left, front row, Tommi Leach, Marie Saatkamp, Brandon Tucker, Jeff Huffman and Kathie Short; back row, Corey Jones, Dustin Kays, Ruth Peace, Joey Nutley, Mike Stringfellow, Brandy Burns, Kent Roof, Greg Dewald, Avery Butler and Marcie Mack.
Sixteen Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education employees were honored for excellence during the department's annual state staff meeting.

Seven employees received individual awards, and one team received an award. Kathie Short and Lana Knott received Excellence in Customer Service awards. Tommi Leach and Marie Saatkamp received Above & Beyond awards. Jeff Huffman and Ruth Peace received Leadership in Achieving Excellence awards.

Brandon Tucker received an Innovation award for his work with the Carl Perkins. Members of the CareerTech Skills Centers School System received a Team Award for their work on the Serelda Cody Training Center at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility.



Oklahoma well-represented at National STEM Summit

Becki Foster at STEM Summit
From left, Ken Parker, chief executive officer at NextThought; Becki Foster, Oklahoma CareerTech chief of staff; and Nathaniel Harding, chairman of the Governor's Council on Workforce and Economic Development.
Oklahoma CareerTech Chief of Staff Becki Foster recently attended the Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education Summit hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C.

“Representing Oklahoma on a national level is an amazing opportunity and honor,” Foster said. “High-quality STEM education is critical on a national and local level, and Oklahoma looks forward to advancing STEM education and learning experiences for students.”

Also attending from Oklahoma were Nathaniel Harding, chairman of the Governor’s Council on Workforce and Economic Development, and Ken Parker, chief executive officer of NextThought.

The summit convened a diverse group of state STEM leaders, including officials from governors’ offices; elementary, secondary and college and university educators; workforce and industry representatives; state policy experts; and nongovernmental organization executives. They participated in the development of a new federal five-Year STEM education strategic plan in compliance with America Competes Act of 2010.

Meridian Tech student named Top 100 STEM student

Kaylee Smith
Kaylee Smith
STEM Premier has named Meridian Technology Center student Kaylee Smith one of the nation’s Top 100 STEM students.

Smith, a second-year STEM Academy – biomedical sciences student at Meridian Tech, was one of more than 350,000 students considered for this honor. STEM Premier is an online resource for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Stillwater High School junior said she has always had an interest in the medical field.

"Enrolling in Meridian’s STEM Academy for Biomedical Sciences was an easy decision. I knew coming to tech would provide me with valuable lab experience and expose me to a variety of research pathways,” she said.

Smith plans to pursue a career as a chemical engineer, focusing on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a severe type of muscular dystrophy.



CareerTech events

FCCLA National Leadership Conference, June 28

Choctaw Small Business Academy, June 28

8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Program and Federal Contracting Workshop - McAlester, July 18

CareerTech Board Meeting, July 19

Teacher Institute 2018-2019 Cohort, July 23


Useful links

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State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

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OK Career Guide

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