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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-12-2

Mid-Del Tech revamps aviation program

The development of Mid-Del Technology Center’s aircraft structures heavy maintenance program was in response to an immediate industry need; the program was also designed to spark students’ interest in the aerospace industry in high school.

Large maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities like Tinker Air Force Base and AAR have many positions that require a skilled workforce familiar with aviation maintenance terms and skills, but not a fully certified FAA airframe & powerplant mechanic.

Mid-Del Tech revamped its aviation program in response. The program now provides students with much of the basic aircraft and jet engine familiarization they would get as A&P mechanics, but also includes specific electrical, composite and sheet metal skills needed by Oklahoma aviation partners.

High school students at Mid-Del have the opportunity to complete the 900-hour course, which provides the benefit of flexibility in curriculum, lower program costs and a quicker turnaround time of trainees compared to a traditional A&P program. The course was developed with input from Tinker AFB.

As the industry itself and retirement numbers continue to grow, OK CareerTech is working hard to fill those positions. 


High Plains Tech, Panhandle State and Guymon Public Schools break ground on training center

High Plains Technology Center, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Guymon Public Schools recently broke ground on a welding technology training center in the Guymon Industrial Park.High Plains Technology Center, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Guymon Public Schools received a federal $1.5 million grant for a joint welding technology training center in Guymon.

The three educational entities recently broke ground on the center in the Guymon Industrial Park. Students in the center will be able to earn welding certificates from High Plains while also taking academic classes at Panhandle State toward associate or bachelor’s degrees.




CareerTech offers construction technology programs across Oklahoma

CareerTech's construction training trailer

Construction Technology Training 2
Hailee Lindo, a construction trades student at Canadian Valley Technology Center
The construction industry has continued needs for workforce, and CareerTech is working to meet these needs.

Through multiple delivery arms, Oklahoma CareerTech provides education to individuals to hone their crafts for the construction industry.






Skills concerns in Oklahoma merit policymakers’ attention

A recent editorial in The Oklahoman called on policymakers and educators to help develop more workers to fill a growing skills gap, particularly in construction and extraction -- including plumbers, electricians and some maintenance workers.



CareerTech Champion: Buzzy Manning – Indian Capital Technology Center

Buzzy Manning
Buzzy Manning studied at Indian Capital Technology Center and later returned to teach. Photo courtesy of Tahlequah Daily Press.
THEN: A Virginian who wound up in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, after a flat tire left her family temporarily stranded there. Buzzy Manning loved the country, and loved Tahlequah.

Buzzy eventually moved to Tahlequah with her husband and kids, but had a hard time finding a job. She had attended several colleges for drafting and engineering, but said she had always had a passion for technology. Then she heard about the Cisco Technologies program at Indian Capital Technology Center.

Buzzy was the first person to enroll in the class at ICTC, which 

  • Taught her how to work with routers and switches.
  • Offered the certifications she needed to get a job.
  • Helped her find a job she loved that also allowed her to travel across the country.

Despite her CareerTech training, the dot-com bust left her again scrambling for work. That’s when CareerTech gave her another nudge. A former ICTC instructor called and asked if Buzzy wanted to teach. Back at the technology center where she had studied, she discovered a new passion: teaching. She said she loves inspiring young people.

"I never chose to teach; it chose me,” she said. “You either love it or you don’t, [and] I’ve always loved it."

NOW: Buzzy retired from ICTC after 14 1/2 years of teaching. She said she will never stop learning about and sharing information about the technology she taught others.

“I’ll probably always teach,” she said. “I will miss those young people greeting me every day.”

Tahlequah Public Schools has offered Buzzy a part-time job, and she said she has considered teaching night classes at ICTC.


CareerTech events

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

Accreditation Training Series - Standard 3, Dec. 10

Light Duty Diesel DPF and DEF Solutions, Dec. 10

CareerTech Women in Leadership, Dec. 17

CareerTech Board Meeting, Dec. 19


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