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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-11-18

Oklahoma CareerTech leaders visit Ohio

Oklahoma CareerTech leaders visited Ohio, including the Delaware Area Career Center.

Approximately 20 Oklahoma CareerTech leaders recently visited Ohio to learn more about its career and technology education system. Among the places they visited was Delaware Area Career Center in Delaware, Ohio.


Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Engage group tours CareerTech options in Enid

ODCTE's Engage group toured Autry Tech in Enid.

Thank you to Autry Technology Center and Gay Simpson and Barrett Richardson, both with ODCTE Skills Centers, for providing tours to one of our leadership classes.


Cherokee Nation doubles funding for CareerTech training

In an opinion piece in the Claremore Daily Progress, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. wrote about the Cherokee Nation’s recent decision to increase funding for scholarships to technology centers.



Central Tech training facility a model for other states

Central Technology Center's oil and gas pipeline and storage training facility opened in 2011.

Central Technology Center opened Oklahoma’s first oil and gas pipeline and storage training facility in 2011 to meet the training needs of the industry.

The oil and gas industry has a growing need of well-trained and highly skilled workers.

Central Tech’s programs help fill that need in several ways:

  • Provide employees with OQ certifications necessary to work in the oil and gas industry. 
  • Provide students with a career pathway to benefit their future. 
  • Aid companies in expanding their workforce. 
  • Assist small companies in obtaining certifications. 
  • Provide security and safety training to maintain Oklahoma’s safe work environments. 

The training facilities include a fully simulated oil and gas storage facility with control center monitoring; pipeline maintenance equipment; CAT backhoe and excavator simulators; and computer systems.


CareerTech Champion: Carter Rogers – Pioneer Technology Center and BPA

Carter Rogers
Lou Brock, Ralston town clerk, left, and Carter Rogers
THEN: He was only 9 years old when his grandfather bought him his first computer. Carter Rogers was curious how the machine worked, so the precocious youngster read online books and tutorials on how to write code. He wrote his first program while he was still in elementary school and discovered he liked coding. 

In middle school, Carter toured Pioneer Technology Center, and when he was in high school he decided to enroll in Pioneer Tech’s business and information technology education program. At the tech center, he gained additional experience in coding, and he

  • Is working on his CCNA, an information technology certification from Cisco Systems.
  • Competed at the state and national level in Business Professionals of America.
  • Won first place in Java programming at the BPA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California -- the first time a Pioneer Tech information technology student won the top honor.

BITE instructor Zac Ladner said Carter worked hard to prepare for the competition, and it paid off.

“Placing first at Nationals is a huge honor,” Ladner said.

NOW: This fall, Carter will be a senior at Woodland High School. He is the network administrator for the town of Ralston.

“A year ago I never would have thought I’d be placing first at a national competition … your only limit is the one you give yourself.”
Carter Rogers


CareerTech events

FPTI Hydraulics Workshop: Practical Hydraulics 5-Day Workshop, Dec. 2

OK Career Guide Training - ICAP Oklahoma Feature, Dec. 3

OK Career Guide Training - Morning and Afternoon Sessions, Dec. 4

Teacher Institute 2019-2020, Dec. 5

Accreditation Training Series - Standard 3, Dec. 10


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

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing. – Will Rogers
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