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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-9-17

CareerTech Teacher Academy sessions planned

CareerTech teachers will have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions on a variety of topics during the 2018-19 school year. Topics include technology, instructional strategies, classroom management and instructional planning.

Sessions will be Sept. 27 and Jan. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Moore Norman Technology Center - South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City. Registration is $35 per training session.

Sept. 27: Agenda Registration

Jan. 30: Agenda Registration


FFA Foundation awards $50,000 to Oklahoma FFA chapters

The Oklahoma FFA Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 to Oklahoma FFA chapters through the STEM After School grants sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma and FFA Technology & Innovation grants sponsored by Devon Energy.

“We are so excited to work with Oklahoma businesses who believe in what is happening through agricultural education and the many careers that students are being introduced to through the use of technology in their local school ag-ed departments,” said Holly Blakey, executive director of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. “This is the first time our foundation has provided grants to our local programs and we are very grateful for the sponsors who have made it possible.”

PSO sponsored the STEM After School grants through its parent company’s foundation, the American Electric Power Foundation. These grants were made available to agricultural education programs and FFA chapters in the northeast, southeast and southwest areas. PSO gave $40,000 to encourage students to work on agriscience projects after the regular school day.

Chapters receiving PSO grants were Calvin FFA, Allen FFA, Vinita FFA, Kiefer FFA, Sperry FFA, Tipton FFA, Rush Springs FFA and Ketchum FFA.

Chapters from the central and northwest areas were eligible for FFA Technology and Innovation Grants sponsored by Devon Energy. These grants were based on creativity, sustainability and the needs of the chapter. Devon provided $15,000 in new grants for Oklahoma FFA Chapters.

Chapters receiving the Devon grants include Harrah FFA, Stillwater FFA, Central High FFA, Hennessey FFA and Guthrie FFA.

FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education Division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

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Why we do what we do: CareerTech Champions

Cartoon figures jumping up and down.Celebrate our successes!

Read some of the latest CareerTech success stories below. 

Ashley Hobbs – High Plains Technology Center - A wind energy graduate wants to work her way up in the field -- WAY up!

Adam Lettkeman – Meridian Technology Center - From home-school to higher ed, a pre-engineering grad is building a future for himself.

Tiffany Kinsey – Tri County Technology Center - A weightlifter, high school football player, fitness model and welder, this young woman has broken more than a few barriers.

Shawnquise Gatewood – Mabel Bassett Skills Center - A high school dropout turns her life around with TDL certification.
Emma Hutchison - DECA - A former DECA officer plans to take her leadership skills into the courtroom. 

Help us get the word out about these CareerTech Champions. What you do makes a difference in the lives of so many Oklahomans! 


ODCTE staff members participate in the United Way campaign kick-off

Day of Caring
Oklahoma CareerTech employees, from left, Tom Casey, Kevin Terronez and Connie Romans gather leaves, tree limbs and other yard waste during the United Way of Payne County Day of Caring.
Oklahoma CareerTech employees volunteered for the United Way of Payne County Day of Caring, which kicks off the annual fundraising campaign.

They loaded brush from worksites and dropped it a burn site. They hauled four truck and trailer loads of brush during the day.


U.S. Department of Education tweets about Oklahoma CareerTech

The U.S. Department of Education tweeted about Scott Stump’s visit to Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Stump is the assistant secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.



CareerTech events

Business & Industry Services Certification Program Session 1, Sept. 25

GuidanceFest 2018 - Autry Tech, Sept. 25

GuidanceFest 2018 - Red River Tech, Sept. 27

CT Teacher Academy, Sept. 27

GuidanceFest 2018 - Tulsa Tech-Owasso, Oct. 4


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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