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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-8-13

New Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement website is online

The website of the new Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement is now available. Visit us at

The mission of the Resource Center is to support teaching, advising and planning within the CareerTech System. On the website, you’ll see a list of the many types of activities that the Resource Center staff can do.

We are constantly adding more resources to our digital library as well. Check out the topic categories on our website to see the latest tools and knowledge that we’ve found.

We hope these diverse resources will be useful for CareerTech teachers, administrators, planners and thought leaders. If you’d like us to locate resources on a particular topic, just let us know. You can email us at

We hope you will visit the new Resource Center website, bookmark it and return to it often. Best wishes for a successful year.



Oklahoma educator named to FFA board of directors

Burlington agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser Travis Bradshaw has been named to serve on the National FFA Board of Directors.

Bradshaw’s Burlington FFA Chapter was the national winner for the Model of Innovation chapter development award in 2015, and his students have placed high in both state and national competitions. Over the past 14 years, his FFA chapter has had 24 American FFA Degree recipients and 39 state FFA Degree recipients.

“We are excited to have Travis serve on the board,” said Steve A. Brown, National FFA adviser and board chair. “He brings with him a great perspective from the classroom and also with chapter leadership events. We are looking forward to his future contributions on guiding the National FFA Organization and helping FFA members prepare for a lifetime of career success.”

Bradshaw has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. He has served on the Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association, Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education, the Oklahoma Agricultural Education Curriculum Standards Committee and the National Association of Agricultural Education.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education division in the Oklahoma CareerTech System.

Source: National FFA


Metro Tech cosmetology student turns passion into future career

Metro Tech cosmetology student Juan Carrillo styles hair on a mannequin head.When Juan Carrillo was 14 years old, his uncle bought a pair of clippers and asked Juan for a haircut. He did such a good job that he continued cutting his uncle’s hair, then added other family members to the rotation.

Carrillo quickly realized a passion for hair and vowed to get professional training when he was of age.

Last year, he enrolled in Metro Tech’s cosmetology program tuition-free as a high school junior from ASTEC Charter High School. According to his cosmetology teachers, Carrillo’s talent was apparent almost immediately.

He maintained a 4.0 GPA all year; won a gold medal at his student organization’s state competition; and placed second in the Men’s Clippering Competition during Oklahoma’s first Barbering and Cosmetology Expo hosted at Metro Tech.

Carrillo said professional training has taught him to work more efficiently.

“I’ve learned skills I didn’t know I was capable of executing. I enjoy the feeling of people leaving my chair happy and feeling their best,” he said.

Carrillo will be a senior at ASTEC in the fall and will return to Metro Tech to complete his cosmetology training. He plans to own and operate a barber shop upon graduation and licensure.

Source: Metro Tech


Meridian Tech student places second in design competition

Braydon Lettkeman, a student at Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, placed second in the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation’s 2018 Student Design Competition secondary level.

In its 10th year, the contest, with the theme “Dominate the Display!” challenged students to design and print a label for a fictitious product that showcases its brand and influences the decision to purchase. Entries were judged on their compelling and influential design, product and brand identification, fit to the product container, creativity and originality and use of printing enhancements. The contest drew 465 entries.

For his second-place finish, Lettkeman received $1,500.

His instructor at Meridian Tech is Michelle Moore.


CareerTech events

ICBS Show, Aug. 21

CareerTech Teacher Institute 2018-2019 Cohort, Aug. 24

First-Year High School Counselor Workshop, Aug. 29

First-Year Elementary and Middle School Counselor Workshop, Aug. 30

Lead Conference - Simmons Center - Duncan, Sept. 6


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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