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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-7-30

Summer Conference kicks off Aug.1

CareerTech Excellence in ActionGoogle education evangelist Jaime Casap will speak to more than 3,700 CareerTech employees at the 51st annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference Aug. 1-2 at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

The conference is held in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.

“Summer Conference brings together individuals from all of the CareerTech delivery arms: K-12 schools, technology centers, Skills Centers, business and industry services and adult basic education. They are the foundation of excellence in providing training and education so that Oklahoma has the most qualified workforce possible to power our economy. It is exciting to witness the dedication that all our CareerTech staff has for moving our system forward,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director.



Metro Tech student cooks alongside local chef during Odyssey de Culinaire

William Moore III, a senior at Southeast High School in Oklahoma City, cooked with Cafe 7 chef Michael Paske during the 2018 Odyssey de Culinaire. Moore completed his first year of Metro Tech’s culinary arts program during the last school year.

He and Paske prepared the fourth course of a five-course meal created and prepared by top chefs in Oklahoma. Moore was selected to participate because he exhibits passion for his culinary education, said Adrainne Oppong, Metro Tech culinary arts instructor.

“He has excellent grades and gets along very well with teachers and peers,” she said.

The annual event at the Skirvin Hotel is a fundraiser that benefits the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation’s ProStart Program, which is integrated into existing school courses to introduce juniors and seniors to careers in food service.


Perkins passes, goes to president

The U.S. House of Representatives sent the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, as amended by the Senate, to the president last week on a unanimous voice vote.

HR 2353 will reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Sixteen members of Congress from both parties spoke in favor of the bill.

ACTE and Advance CTE released a joint statement on the bill’s passage, and Advance CTE officials said they expect the president to sign the bill into law soon. The two organizations will update the summary and analysis of the bill to reflect changes made between the Senate markup of the bill on June 26 and the bill’s passage.



CareerTech Champion: Daltile, Indian Capital Technology Center

Indian Capital Technology Center trains supervisors from Daltile.THEN: Founded in 1947 in Dallas, Texas, Daltile is a subsidiary of Mohawk Industries. The company manufactures ceramics, mosaics, porcelain, quarry tile and a variety of stone products at 11 facilities across North America, including one at the Port of Muskogee.

Charged with operating as efficiently as possible, and in competition with the other facilities, Daltile-Muskogee needs front-line supervisors trained to manage, mentor and motivate. Indian Capital Technology Center’s Supervisory Academy teaches supervisors from Daltile and other Port of Muskogee companies like Sintertec/BPI to

  • Communicate expectations clearly and concisely.
  • Solve problems, resolve conflict and manage stress.
  • Delegate, coach and mentor.
  • Build high-performance teams.
  • Manage for high-quality customer service.
  • Reward employees through informal and formal employee recognition programs.
  • Inspire employees to analyze their work and continuously improve.

NOW: Daltile uses ICTC’s Supervisory Academy to groom new supervisors so they are equipped to lead others through an ever-changing and increasingly demanding work environment.

“I loved the interaction with new supervisors from other companies,” said Daltile’s

Kat Frazier. “The instructor was fun, had great real-world examples and a contagious level of enthusiasm for helping others reach their potential.”

Daltile equips new supervisors with the tools needed to lead.


CareerTech events

2018 Summer Conference, Aug. 1-2

8(a) HUBZone and Federal Contracting, Aug. 14

CareerTech Board Meeting, Aug. 16

ICBS Show 2018, Aug. 21

CareerTech Teacher Institute 2018-2019 Cohort, Aug. 24


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.

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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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