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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-8-6

OAMCTE essay contest winners named

OAMCTE essay contest winners
From left, Quoc Nguyen, Tulsa Technology Center and Broken Arrow High School; Cynthia Vick, ODCTE and chairperson of the OAMCTE Essay Contest committee; and Jasmine Johnson, Moore Norman Technology Center and South Moore High School.
The Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career and Technology Education presented 2017-18 essay contest awards to three Oklahoma career and technology education students during a reception Aug. 1 in Oklahoma City.

Quoc Nguyen, a Tulsa Technology Center and Broken Arrow High School student, placed first and received $250. Rafael Cardenas, a Meridian Technology Center student and Stillwater High School graduate, placed second and received $175. Jasmine Johnson, a Moore Norman Technology Center and South Moore High School student, placed third and received $100.

The students submitted essays revolving around this year’s theme, “Why I Choose Career and Technology Center as Part of My Career Pathway,” said Cynthia Vick, of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and chairperson of the OAMCTE essay contest committee.

“We received several outstanding submissions, and I was particularly impressed by the quality of the essays,” Vick said. “Narrowing down the winners was very difficult for our selection committee.”

She was also impressed that many of the students realized how CareerTech education can help them further their education and succeed in the professional world, she said.

“Several students said they could use these skills to help pay their way through college,” Vick said. “Many of the students said they decided to attend a technology center so they could learn a marketable skill that they could use after high school and help pay their way through college. That is the message that we are trying to convey.”

The reception was held in conjunction with the annual CareerTech Summer Conference. As the first place finisher, Quoc Nguyen read his essay to reception attendees.


Skills Center programs receive donations

Thank you to Sears for automotive equipment donations. The equipment will be used to upgrade our current equipment, while adding additional resources to assist more students. We greatly appreciate these generous donations and the ability to update our educational classrooms.


Oklahomans named national finalists for top FFA awards

Heading into the National FFA Convention, Oklahoma FFA has two Star Finalists: Brady Womack, Morris, American Star in Agribusiness, and Adrienne Blakey, Stillwater, American Star in Agriscience.

Oklahoma FFA also has 21 Proficiency Award finalists, 19 Three Star Gold Emblem chapters and 26 Agriscience finalists.


CareerTech educators honored with OkACTE awards

More than 3,500 CareerTech employees spent Aug. 1-2 sharing ideas and advancements in CareerTech education and learning how they can improve the system during the 51st annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

They also heard from Google education evangelist Jaime Casap, who gave the keynote speech during the general session and led a spotlight session the first afternoon.

In addition to offering spotlight sessions where attendees could hear from experts, the conference featured a number of awards, including the inaugural Oklahoma CareerTech Advocate of Excellence Award presented to Bob Funk Sr. of Express Employment Professionals.



CareerTech events

8(1) HUBZone and Federal Contracting, Aug. 14

CareerTech Board Meeting, Aug. 16

ICBS Show, Aug. 21

CareerTech Teacher Institute 2018-2019 Cohort, Aug. 24

First-Year High School Counselor Workshop, Aug. 29


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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