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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-4-22

HOSA members are making a difference

Oklahoma HOSA members organized a hair donation event at the HOSA State Leadership Conference. Here, cosmetology students cut hair to donate to Children With Hair Loss.State HOSA officer and Francis Tuttle Technology Center student Camryn Wall, a Rockwell campus pre-nursing student, coordinated a hair donation event at the HOSA State Leadership Conference to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and create awareness for the needs of children with cancer.

Cosmetology instructors Cedric Swift (Reno campus) and Dana Jones (Rockwell campus) collaborated with pre-nursing instructors to facilitate an incredible event that even featured a pediatric cancer survivor cutting the first ponytail. The event garnered 44 donations to give to Children With Hair Loss, which will supply at least two children with free wigs as they go through treatment.








Northeast Tech pre-engineering students meet the needs of local industry

Northeast Technology Center pre-engineering students redesigned an oil pan cap that has the potential to save one local company about $120,000 a year. Hopkins Manufacturing in Miami is looking at changing the design of several other containers so they will also fit the students’ cap.

Northeast Tech has a video about the project on its Facebook page.



ODCTE employee named Oklahoma HOSA honorary member

Kim Downey holds her Oklahoma HOSA honorary member plaque.Oklahoma HOSA named Kim Downey, project assistant in Oklahoma CareerTech’s Accreditation Division, its 2019 Oklahoma HOSA honorary member.

Downey has worked with Oklahoma HOSA for 15 years. She coordinates the CareerTech student organization’s event tabulation process.

Oklahoma HOSA made the announcement at its recent State Leadership Conference. Honorary membership is the CTSO’s highest honor, reserved for individuals who have given their time, talents and passion to the organization over many years of service.






OATC Partners for Progress: Duncan Recycling and Refining partners with Red River Tech

Red River Technology Center named Duncan Recycling and Refining its Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers Partner for Progress.

After working with the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation to find a site and construct a building, the three lifelong friends who created DR2 were directed to Red River Tech for employee training. Seven years later, DR2 is still working with RRTC, using the Training for Industry Program to assist with expanding the company. DR2 now has 40 employees, and co-owners David Nichols, Mark Spradling and Steve Threet hope to add 20 more.

The company brought a first-of-its-kind smelter to North America; the smelter uses a gas-plasma and a tenth of the electricity of a traditional smelter and has no hazardous byproducts, according to information from the company.


CareerTech events

HUBZone Awareness - Kiamichi Tech Centers-Durant, April 25

Galaxy Webinars for Oklahoma, April 25

DECA ICDC, April 27

Oklahoma State SkillsUSA conference, April 28

HUBZone Awareness Workshop - Lawton, April 30


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State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

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OK Career Guide

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