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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-3-25

Oklahoma CareerTech’s OBAN program offers free workshops on U.S. HUBZone Program

The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network will offer four free workshops in April and May to give information about an economic development opportunity existing in the federal Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program.

OBAN is procurement technical assistance center administered by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

The workshops will be April 18 in Owasso, April 25 in Durant, April 30 in Lawton and May 8 in McAlester. To register or get more information call 405-227-0382 or go to the registration website for each workshop: (Owasso), (Durant), (Lawton) or (McAlester).



CareerTech Champion: Tarence McLane – Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center

Man (Tarence McLane) holding a baby.THEN: Two stints in jail and two failed attempts at drug rehab. Tarence McLane was on a downward spiral before he was accepted into the electrical trades technology program at Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center. That program was a game changer for Tarence, giving him the skills he needed to become a residential, commercial/industrial or maintenance electrician. Tarence said at the Skills Center, he learned:

  • Knowledge of basic safety and how to use specialty electrical tools.
  • How to read blueprints.
  • Career readiness skills that helped him get a job after his release.
  • Code and licensing requirements.
  • Residential, commercial, industrial and motor control wiring techniques.

Tarence knew he desperately needed to change his life, and change it he did. Since his release, he has worked as an electrical inspector for Devon Energy and electrical superintendent for both MMR and Quanta Services. He credits his instructor for much of his success.

“Kevin Copeland was a great instructor who took time for his students,” he said.

NOW: Tarence is no longer using drugs, and he’s taking care of his wife and children. He has even worked with other Skills Centers graduates to help them get jobs and tools.

“I do my best to give back to the CareerTech program and its students when I have the opportunity,” he said.

Tarence works as an inspector and construction manager for the instrumentation and electrical department at WaterBridge Resources. He oversees the company’s electrical construction contractors in the West Texas oilfields.

“My family and I are so thankful CareerTech was an option for me. It is literally what saved my life.”
Tarence McLane, electrician


2019 OEIP Ultimate Educator/Industry Connection slated

The Oklahoma Educators and Industry Partnership offers an outstanding professional development opportunity for Oklahoma teachers. It is open to fifth- through 12th-grade teachers.

The mission is to create a pipeline for partnerships among educators, counselors, administrators, parents, students, industry leaders, government policymakers and members of the economic development community.

There are four sessions this year, at Kiamichi Technology Centers - McAlester Campus, Metro Technology Centers - Springlake Campus, Mid-America Industrial Park/Northeast Technology Center and Northwest Technology Center - Alva Campus. Registration opens April 2.



CareerTech events

Galaxy Training for Oklahoma - morning session, March 27

Galaxy Training for Oklahoma - afternoon session, March 27

CareerTech Board Meeting, March 28

Galaxy Training for Oklahoma - morning session, March 28

Galaxy Training for Oklahoma - repeat session, March 28


Useful links

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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

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. -- Pele
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