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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-11-11

Department of CareerTech gives back to the community

United Payne CountyOklahoma CareerTech employees exceeded their $18,000 goal and raised more than $19,000 for the United Way of Payne County.

United Way of Payne County has 22 partner agencies that help one out of three Payne county residents.





CareerTech leadership class tours AAR

CareerTech Empower leadership class at AAR.

Thank you to AAR for providing a tour to one of our leadership classes. ODCTE’s Empower leadership class visited the aviation services provider in Oklahoma City last week.


Check out CareerTech’s new podcast

Oklahoma CareerTech has a new podcast, “CareerTech Horizon.”

The latest episode, “It Takes a Community,” is all about adult basic education. It focuses on the stories of people vying for success and the community of people helping them along the way.



CareerTech Champion: Tanner Thomas - Meridian Technology Center and TSA

Meridian Technology Center student and Technology Student Association member Tanner ThomasTHEN: Engineering has been his passion since he joined the Technology Student Association as a sixth grader. By eighth grade, Tanner Thomas was already an officer, and he served at the state level for four years, including state president during his junior year at Stillwater High School.

When Tanner enrolled in Meridian Technology Center’s pre-engineering program, he combined his love of engineering with his love of chemistry and physics. But when he learned he would have to give up music to make it all fit, he signed up for online classes so he could continue to play saxophone in his high school band. Tanner received first chair honors in soprano, alto and baritone saxophone in the All-State band in his sophomore and junior years.

Through TSA’s many leadership activities, Tanner learned

  • How to work well with others.
  • Presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Valuable study skills.

Tanner said he used his presentation and public speaking skills to compete in essay and speech competitions. Last year, his essay for Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour contest earned him a trip to Washington D.C. He also applied those skills to political campaigns for school clubs and organizations such as TSA.

“Learning to clearly and effectively communicate my ideas helped me not only as a state officer,” he said, “but also in school projects and life situations such as interviews, meetings and speeches.”

NOW: He is currently a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and was honored with Distinction in Advanced Placement/Project Lead The Way. His dream is to attend Northwestern University next year, double-majoring in saxophone performance and engineering.

“If you want to be successful, you have to start now,” Tanner said. “Opportunities don’t present themselves; you have to look for them.”


Military hiring event planned

Oklahoma Military Connection will hold a hiring event Nov. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center, 400 Thunderbird St., Norman.

The event is for military members or spouses in the Guard or Reserve, those who are separating from active duty and veterans seeking employment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Oklahoma Military Connection is a partnership of ODCTE’s CareerTech for Vets, the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Oklahoma Military Department Employment Coordination Program and Citizen Soldier for Life.



CareerTech events

OK Career Guide Training - Morning and Afternoon Sessions, Nov. 12

Tri County Technology Center Accreditation Onsite Visit, Nov. 13

Labor Law for the Construction Industry, Nov. 13

Veterans First Program, Nov. 14

Oklahoma Military Connection - Hiring Event, Nov. 14


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 OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. – Rumi
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