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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-1-7

CareerTech 2020 agenda to add high-demand programming

A $21 million increase in funding would allow the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education to expand programming to fill Oklahoma’s skills gap.

ODCTE’s state appropriations request for fiscal year 2020 for the first regular session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature targets narrowing Oklahoma’s skills gap through the proposed increase of $21 million that would allow CareerTech to achieve the following:

  • Fund more than 130 unfunded programs and provide for 90 new programs to be added to K-12 CareerTech offerings.
  • Add 12 new programs in state correctional facilities that would serve 500 to 600 more inmates.
  • Increase Training for Industry Programs by 10 percent to more than 3,200 enrollments.
  • Increase customized training by 10 percent to almost 300,000 enrollments.
  • Increase certifications/credentials annually by 5 percent, adding almost 2,400 more during three years.

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Caddo Kiowa Tech program wins national award

Caddo Kiowa Tech Truck Driver Training Program
The team that makes the National Outstanding Training Project award possible includes Dale Lewis, Doug Mickley, Judy Willits, Steve Sneed, Carol Skinner, Chris Nation, Jesse Bellamy and Eugene Pauls. In the cab is Jiles Barber, with Jason Fisher standing at the window.
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center’s truck driver training program recently received the Association for Career and Technology Education PACE Division’s national Outstanding Training Project Award.

Dale Lewis, CKTC truck driver training coordinator, accepted the award at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The program received the Oklahoma Outstanding Training Project award last spring.

The award honors outstanding training projects for providing exceptional, industry-specific training.

The overwhelming need for qualified truck drivers across the nation is well-documented. According to a report from the American Trucking Association, more than 70 percent of goods consumed in the United States is moved by truck, but the industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand.

Caddo Kiowa, located in Fort Cobb, formed a partnership with two other tech centers, Western Technology Center in Burns Flat and Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, to meet the mounting needs of the transportation industry in their areas. The partnership extends the training possibilities from a 1,953-square-mile service area to 5,637 square miles.

“We have a great collaborative team who always puts superior training, safety and students first. As a result, we prepare, on average, over 200 drivers a year to take the CDL exam. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a team who more than earn an honor such as the Outstanding Training Project Award,” Lewis said.

The team that makes the National Outstanding Training Project award possible includes Dale Lewis, Doug Mickley, Judy Willits, Steve Sneed, Carol Skinner, Chris Nation, Jesse Bellamy and Eugene Pauls. In the cab is Jiles Barber, with Jason Fisher standing at the window.

 

Meridian Tech superintendent elected to ACTE office

Doug MajorDoug Major, superintendent and CEO of Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, has been elected as the president-elect of the Association for Career and Technical Education.

His one-year term will begin in July and will be followed by a one-year term as president and a one-year term as past president.

Election Results

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma CareerTech board member speaks to high school leaders

ODCTE board member Phil Kennedy speaks to Great Plains Technology Center's High School Leadership Class.Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education board member Phil Kennedy, Lawton, visits with members of Great Plains Technology Center’s High School Leadership Class. The class is composed of 25 members, with all six Great Plains student organizations represented. Class sessions this year will include visits to the state Capitol, education entities in Lawton and municipal and county governments; ROPES team-building; and community service projects.

 

 

CareerTech events

CareerTech Board Meeting, Jan. 17

FCS Professional Development, Jan. 24

TechCAP, Jan. 24

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

OkACTE STEM Mid-Winter Conference, Jan. 25

 

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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