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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-3-4

Congratulations to 2018-19 PLTW Distinguished Schools

Congratulations to six Oklahoma CareerTech programs being recognized by Project Lead the Way!

The PLTW recognition program is designed to honor districts and schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. These districts and schools are empowering students to thrive in an evolving world and have achieved exemplary results from their PLTW programs.

Oklahoma schools recognized for Gateway programs were Blackwell Middle School, Bartlesville Central Middle School and Bartlesville Madison Middle School. Oklahoma schools recognized for high school programs were Meridian Technology Center, Moore Norman Technology Center and Tri County Technology Center.

“PLTW is excited and privileged to recognize districts and schools for providing access to students so that they may learn to adapt and excel while also discovering their potential and the opportunities available to them. This transformative learning experience comes to life in the classroom thanks to the vision and dedication of teachers and administrators,” said Sara Wright, director of school engagement, West Central Region Oklahoma, Project Lead The Way Inc.


Congressman lauds Oklahoma CareerTech

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., praised the Oklahoma CareerTech System in his recent column:

The beginning of March marks the end of Career and Technical Education Month across the United States. Such end marks another occasion to celebrate the endless opportunities that Oklahoma’s CareerTech System provides for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans.

For years, employers expressed concern about filling manufacturing and technical jobs. The need for a workforce who would become our nation’s mechanics, engineers, and other skilled laborers became a greater urgency pushing states to adopt programs rising to meet the nation’s challenges.

And for more than 100 years, Oklahoma has risen to meet those challenges. 



Presenters sought for Summer Conference

Oklahoma CareerTech and Oklahoma ACTE are looking for spotlight speakers for Summer Conference 2019. You can submit your ideas for spotlight speakers by March 15.

In your submission, please include the presentation title and a short session description of no more than 50 words maximum. The description may be edited for publication. Identify the OkACTE division that your session most closely aligns to, and give three to five specific objectives that describe what participants will learn or gain from the session.

You should also include a detailed description, a more thorough description of content and structure of your session, along with the presenters’ full contact information:

  • First and last name.
  • Organization/company name.
  • Organization/company address.
  • Phone number.
  • Email address.

Also include a presenter bio if one is available.

Please send your submission to Andrea Hancock by March 15.


CareerTech Champion: Buddy Pearce – Pontotoc Technology Center

Buddy Pearce stands next to a fire truck.THEN: After a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, two years of college and an unsatisfying job in the oil and gas industry, Buddy Pearce needed a new challenge. He said the most exciting thing he could imagine was to be a firefighter, so he sold his Harley-Davidson motorcycle for tuition money and enrolled in the 20-week fire academy at Pontotoc Technology Center. Buddy said his instructors at Pontotoc:

  • Taught him the importance of honor, loyalty and hard work.
  • Helped him prepare for a number of certifications, including firefighter I and II, HAZMAT operations, EMT basics, CPR and first aid.
  • Made it possible for him to land a full-time firefighter/EMT job in Seminole.

Buddy said his instructors inspired him so much he began working part-time as an instructor for the academy.

“The instructors prepared us not only for the fire service, but also to lead successful lives,” he said.

NOW: Buddy served four years with the Seminole Fire Department. He left Oklahoma to accept a position with the Antarctic Fire Department, the only full-time professional fire department in Antarctica. He is deployed six to seven months a year at McMurdo Station, a U.S.-managed scientific research station. He returns to Oklahoma between contracts.

“I am now skilled enough in my craft that I have been able to follow my dreams,” he said.

“I absolutely use the skills I acquired at Pontotoc Technology Center every day of my life."
Buddy Pearce

Antarctic firefighter

 Buddy Pearce stands in front of a plane on the snow in Antarctica.


CareerTech events

Accreditation Training Series - Standard 6, March 7

CT Teacher Institute 2018-19, March 8

BPA State Leadership Conference, March 11

Accreditation Training Series - Standards 4 & 7, March 11

For Counselors Only Conference, March 12


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

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. – John F. Kennedy
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