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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-3-11

Online career awareness program launches

Oklahoma CareerTech launched a new online career awareness program for elementary students Tuesday. The Galaxy program, a component of OK Career Guide, is for students in grades pre-K through fifth.

The program combines games, activities and experiences for today’s tech-savvy learners and is accessible from laptops, desktops and tablets. It uses an outer space theme, including astronauts and spaceships. Students launch into planets, which represent different work environments.

The system begins with the basic concept of “What is work?” Each year the program builds on that concept, including what people do at work, why they work, what tools and skills they will use for work and how students can prepare for work. By fifth grade, students can investigate specific occupations.

Galaxy’s activities integrate academic skills. It emphasizes the importance of reading and writing, and the games show how math, science and social studies fit into the world of work.

For more information about Galaxy, call Nathan Brubaker at 405-743-5113.

Guide for parents


2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo honors Oklahoma FFA state adviser

OKlahoma FFA state adviser Jack Staats speaks at a podium.The Oklahoma Youth Expo, going on now in Oklahoma City, named Oklahoma CareerTech’s Jack Staats the 2019 Show Honoree.

Congratulations, Mr. Staats, and thanks for all your work for CareerTech and Oklahoma FFA.

You can read more about the honor in The Oklahoman.


Pioneer Tech to build emergency services training tower

Pioneer Tech
Mason Williams, Ponca City High School junior and industrial technology student, created a 3-D printed model of the new emergency services training tower coming in 2019.
The Pioneer Technology Center Board of Education has approved a plan to build an emergency services training tower this year.

The facility will help PTC to offer training for fire departments and industry from surrounding communities. It will be on the east side of the tech center’s property.








Tulsa Tech to host Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competition

Tulsa Tech will host a Hot Rodders of Tomorrow regional qualifier competition in April.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is an American national competition in which high school students tear down and rebuild an engine in the shortest time possible. The competition is run by a nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach young people about mechanical engineering and encourage teamwork.

The competition will be April 6 at Tulsa Tech’s Broken Arrow campus.


CareerTech Champion: Stormy Johnson – Caddo Kiowa Technology Center

Stormy Johnson, wearing a work uniform and a hard hat, looks at the camera.THEN: A single mom who needed a job to support her family. The jobs Stormy Johnson was looking at required a commercial driver’s license, so she signed up for truck driver training at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. She got her CDL at CKTC, and that license helped her get a job driving a trash truck. It wasn’t her dream job, but it was a start.

Eventually Stormy got an offer for another truck driving job. That job required her to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, and the trash truck had an automatic transmission. She went back to CKTC to get more experience shifting.

CKTC’s truck driver training program and its Work Prep program allowed Stormy to

  • Take a one-week refresher course to get better at driving a standard transmission vehicle.
  • Obtain her HAZMAT certification.
  • Excel in a nontraditional career.

NOW: Stormy makes $23 an hour driving for Mulholland Energy. Her new job allows her to be home every night with her children.

Work Prep programs are funded at more than 39 technology center campuses across the state. Work Prep students have an opportunity to enroll in full-time, short-term, niche market or individualized skills training and receive employment services.

“Stormy was one of the swiftest returns on investment for my program.”
Ronda Weaver, CKTC Work Prep coordinator


CareerTech events

Introduction to Galaxy in Oklahoma - 1-hour webinars, March 19

Introduction to Galaxy in Oklahoma - 1-hour webinars, March 21

Galaxy Training for Oklahoma, March 26

Galaxy Training for Oklahoma - repeat session, March 26

Galaxy Training for Oklahoma - morning session, March 27


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

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum

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