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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-2-4

CareerTech Champion: Billy Winter - Lexington Skills Center

Billy WinterTHEN: “I got the bright idea to create fake checks, and I got caught,” Billy Winter said.

Billy served time in the Lexington Correctional Center, but he made the most of that time by enrolling in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program at Lexington Skills Center. Billy said that HVAC program saved his life.

“I feel that without CareerTech I would have ended up back in dead-end jobs and back in the drug scene,” he said.

In addition to the hands-on training he received, Billy said the instructors and staff at Lexington Skills Center:

Helped him prepare for his journeyman’s exam.

  • Helped him create a resume and worked with him on interviewing skills.
  • Put him in contact with a transitional living facility, which led to a job opportunity after his release.

Billy got his journeyman’s license and later his mechanical and electrical contractor’s license. After incarceration, he went to work for a small HVAC company, then moved up to a supervisor position at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.

NOW: Billy is the mechanical superintendent in charge of plumbing and HVAC operations at ConocoPhillips-Bartlesville. He supervises a team of 12 employees in a 24/7 operation. He said that since 2010, he has not been without a job.

“The staff at the skills centers are amazing. They go out of their way to help you if they believe you truly want to change your life.”

Billy Winter, HVAC contractor


CareerTech employee goes above and beyond

California firefighters prepare ropes so they can descend a cliff to rescue a man in a car that drove over the cliff.

High Plains Technology Center Industrial Coordinator and ACD Coordinator Steven Rogers was recently on vacation in California with his wife when they came upon an accident in which a truck had veered off a cliff. Steven, with all his training and experience as a firefighter and EMT, was able to aid in the high angle rescue.



ODCTE partners with OCCC to teach students about diversity, inclusion and constructive conflict

Quentin Sanders, ODCTE equity and diversity specialist, spoke in January to Oklahoma City Community College Career Transitions students about diversity and inclusion and constructive conflict .

Sanders discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion and offered suggestions on how students could increase their diversity and inclusion awareness. In addition, he facilitated student role-playing to teach students how to treat others with respect and professionalism to embrace fully the concepts of diversity and inclusion.

Sanders also presented students with three separate employee-employee conflict scenarios for them to resolve in small groups. He facilitated interactive, role-playing activities between the various small groups to highlight the best strategies for resolving each scenario constructively.


Francis Tuttle Tech Center names new superintendent

Michelle KeylonThe Francis Tuttle Technology Center Board of Education has selected Michelle Keylon as the tech center’s next superintendent and CEO. Her appointment will take effect in July, following the retirement of Tom Friedemann, who has been superintendent since 2009.

Keylon has been Francis Tuttle's deputy superintendent and chief operating officer since 2015. She was program administrator for ODCTE’s Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education Division before moving to Francis Tuttle in 2005.




CareerTech events

TechCAP, Feb. 7

FACS Day at the Capitol, Feb. 12

Business & Industry Services Certification Program Session III, Feb. 19

Accreditation Training Series - Standard 6, Feb. 20

CareerTech Board Meeting, Feb. 21


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

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. -- Zig Ziglar
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