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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-7-16

Bob Funk gives his perspective on meeting workforce demands

Bob Funk, co-founder and former CEO of Express Employment Professionals, sings Oklahoma CareerTech’s praises in a recent column in The Oklahoman.

Funk drew upon his background of helping people find jobs to discuss the benefits of work, the problem of the skills gap and solutions for filling that gap. CareerTech, he wrote, is “one of the finest vocational education systems in the nation.”



Skills Center program opens at Bill Johnson Correctional Center

Bill Johnson Correctional Center Skills Center students learn how to pour and finish a cement slab.Members of the Bill Johnson Correctional Center CareerTech Skills Center class are learning how to pour and finish a cement slab. The work included preparing the dirt pad, building forms and installing the rebar.

“We are hoping this will open many doors for these young men and close those prison doors,” said Becky Guffy, BJCC warden.

The BJCC CareerTech program opened this year. The CareerTech Skills Centers School System has been in operation since 1971. It offers more than 45 programs and serves approximately 2,000 individuals yearly. Skills Centers instructors seek to provide individuals with the life and job skills, training and certifications they need to transition from corrections to the workplace.


Professional development offered for business and industry services staff

Planning is underway for the 2018-19 Business and Industry Certification Program.

BISCP is designed specifically to provide information, training and resources for employees hired within the past 18 months at CareerTech technology centers. We invite you to recommend the new staff members at your technology district for participation in the program this year.

Sessions will be Sept. 25-26 at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education in Stillwater; Dec. 4-5 at Western Technology Center; Feb. 19-20 at Canadian Valley Technology Center; and April 2-3 at Tulsa Technology Center.

Contact Karen Talbott or Lori Broyles for more details.


Scott Stump confirmed to lead CTE

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Scott Stump to lead the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education.

Stump is an executive at Vivayic Inc., a learning services firm.

ACTE and Advance CTE released a joint statement about the confirmation, saying, “Stump has spent his life’s work in CTE, including beginning his career as an instructor and eventually serving as the assistant provost for career and technical education at the Colorado Community College System charged with implementing CTE in the state.”

Stump also previously served as president of Advance CTE.


More about Stump


CareerTech events

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

BMITE Teacher Academy, July 24

2018 Summer Conference, Aug. 1-2


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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