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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-1-14

Francis Tuttle Tech opens Industrial Technology Center

Francis Tuttle Technology Center board members and dignitaries cut the ribbon for the Industrial Technology Center while students watch.Francis Tuttle Technology Center opened its new Industrial Technology Center on its Reno campus with a ceremony Monday afternoon. The building opened to students last week.

The new building accommodates expanded career training offerings with programs in welding and advanced manufacturing that duplicate the programs at the Portland campus and an Adult and Career Development Lab with space for short-term programs.

The building allows Francis Tuttle to expand capacity for the welding and advanced manufacturing programs that consistently run at full capacity and makes programs more accessible to residents in the southern part of the technology center’s district.

More information about the grand opening and the programs can be found in an article in The Oklahoman.

Oklahoman article


Start the new year off right with resolution-enabling free tools

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement has free tools to help teachers in the classroom.

“Microsoft Hacking STEM Library” offers downloadable, hands-on, teacher-tested projects and activities that use everyday materials to make STEM affordable, accessible and fun for everyone.

The 2018 update of “Computer Science-in-a-Box: Unplug Your Curriculum” from the National Center for Women & Information Technology introduces fundamental building blocks of computer science without using computers. For students ages 9 to 14, it teaches about how computers work while addressing critical mathematics and science concepts such as number systems, algorithms and manipulating variables and logic.

“Math Series: Measurement” covers the essentials of measuring lengths and distances, time and temperature and weight and volume.

These tools and more can be found on the Resource Center’s web page.

Tools for Teachers & Trainers


CareerTech Champion: Justine Talmadge – Adult Basic Education, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center

Justine Talmadge, wearing a welding hat with the hood flipped up and safety glasses, looks into the camera.THEN: A recovering addict who started using drugs in seventh grade. Justine Talmadge was a mother of three who said she had no hopes, dreams or passions when she dropped out of high school. After spending six months in rehab, Justine said, she was clean and motivated. Her goal was to get her high school diploma and find a career. 

“I didn’t want to be a nobody,” Justine said. “I wanted to prove I wasn’t stupid.” 

She had tried to get her equivalency diploma three times before. She then enrolled in the adult basic education program at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. Justine said ABE instructor Brad Shaw and the Caddo Kiowa staff helped her by

  • Offering a scholarship that paid for her high school equivalency exam.
  • Helping her discover her passion for welding, through a job fair on campus.
  • Working with her to pass the high school equivalency exam that led to her diploma.

“It took me 15 years to figure out what I am good at,” Justine said, “and I am good at welding.” 

NOW: Justine is well on her way to becoming a welder. She is halfway through her first year in the welding and metal fabrication program at Caddo Kiowa. She said welding instructors Keith Theesen and his assistant Shane Wilson played a major role in her success.

“Justine is that student who comes into your classroom and reminds you why you do what you do.”

ABE instructor Brad Shaw


CareerTech Champion: Advanced Massage Studios - Pioneer Technology Center

Bill Gillogly lies on his back on a massage table as his wife, Gail, holds his head at their business, Advanced Massage Studios.THEN: A husband and wife team with little more than an idea for a small business in Ponca City. Gail Gillogly and her husband, Bill, took their idea for a massage therapy business to Pioneer Technology Center, and they were accepted into the incubator program there. The couple opened their business at Pioneer Tech in 2015, and over the next 28 months they were able to establish enough clientele to justify launching the business on their own. Gail said Pioneer Tech’s incubator program offered them

  • Small business seminars.
  • Advice and direction in various fields of expertise.
  • An opportunity to build their client base at an accelerated rate.
  • Low overhead that allowed them to channel more funds toward advertising.

NOW: Advanced Massage Studios is open in Ponca City. Gail said she would encourage anyone with a business idea to take advantage of the incubator program. She said it helped turn her dream into reality.

“I can't express how advantageous this program is for anyone wanting to step out into the small business world,” she said. “Everyone we worked with at Pioneer Tech gave us the support to succeed in our venture.”

“Don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams. Pioneer Tech has helped me make my dream come true. I’m very grateful.” 

Gail Gillogly, small business owner


Advance CTE releases third ‘Making Good on the Promise’ brief

Advance CTE released the third brief in the Making Good on the Promise series focused on equity in career and technology education.

“Making Good on the Promise: Building Trust to Promote Equity in CTE” maps out steps state leaders can take to rebuild trust in marginalized communities that CTE has historically failed to serve equitably. It examines strategies that states are using to communicate the promise of CTE and gain buy-in from within state agencies, from communities and from stakeholders to promote equity in CTE.

More info


CareerTech events

CT Teacher Institute 2018-2019, Jan. 18

Instructional Coaching and Mentoring Training, Jan. 23

FCS Professional Development, Jan. 24

TechCAP, Jan. 24

Oklahoma TCTW-HSTW Network Organizing and Promoting Career Pathway Opportunities, Jan. 24


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National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

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Strength doesn’t come from what you can do; it comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t. -- Rikki Rogers
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