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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-4-8

Northeast Tech partners with MidAmerica Industrial Park on industrial maintenance

Northeast Tech and MidAmerica Industrial Park worked together to create an apprenticeship program to train industrial maintenance employees for companies in the park.

The program, which is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and was developed in coordination with the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, serves as a liaison between MidAmerica employers and other key community organizations. The Department of Labor provides technical assistance for the formation of on-the-job work processes including technical instruction and has guided MAIP and Northeast Tech through the steps of developing the program.

Participants in the two-year program spend four hours a week in the classroom and the rest of their week at work. The program is in its first year, and the participants are employees at MAIP businesses, giving MidAmerica companies the opportunity develop employees from within.

Apprentices are guaranteed two pay raises within the program and graduate with a certificate in industrial maintenance from Northeast Tech and a Department of Labor apprenticeship certification.



Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center conference set

The 13th annual Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center Simulation Conference will be May 21 at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City in the Allied Health Building.

The event will include a session on the process of using debriefing for meaningful learning. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on practicing debriefing an actual scenario using DML.



CareerTech students honored for computing work

The National Center for Women and Information Technology has recognized seven Oklahoma technology center students for their studies in computing and technology.

The seven are among 20 Oklahoma high school girls honored for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology through the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The 2019 Aspirations in Computing Oklahoma affiliate winners who have been or are concurrently enrolled with an Oklahoma CareerTech program are Hope Chambers, Great Plains Technology Center; Kaysi Hursey, Raelin Lane and Kira Riggs, Moore Norman Technology Center; and Catherine Strevett and Alissa Morgan, Mid-America Technology Center. Grace Green, Moore Norman Technology Center, received an honorable mention.



Leadership Oklahoma session on education held at Moore Norman Technology Center

Leadership Oklahoma Class 32 visited Moore Norman Technology Center for a session about education and technology issues.

The class heard from Oklahoma CareerTech Director Marcie Mack, State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.



CareerTech Champions: Mick and Nancy German and family – FFA

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Mick and Nancy German with two of their daughters, Leslie and Taylor.
Mick German was a third generation dairyman, heavily involved in FFA in high school. In 1975, he served as president of his FFA chapter. 

Mick’s wife, Nancy, said she had wanted to enroll in agriculture in high school, but her mother said no, ag was for boys. By the time Nancy was a senior, her mother had softened her stance and allowed Nancy to enroll in FFA as an elective.

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Photo of Mick and Nancy German's grandchildren
Soon, Nancy was showing lambs. Her love of animals grew, and after high school she went to Oklahoma State University, double majoring in animal science and ag education, with a minor in horticulture. After college she received her veterinary technician license.

Later, Mick’s daughter Amy got her own blue jacket. She was involved in FFA in high school, showing sheep and doing public speaking. (Amy’s daughter Destiny has also added an FFA blue jacket to her wardrobe and is showing goats.)

Mick and Nancy’s daughter Leslie joined FFA in eighth grade, competing at the state and national levels in several events. Like her father, she was president of her FFA chapter, serving in 2005-2006. FFA helped her get numerous college scholarships. She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and ag communications and a master’s degree in ag education. She works for OSU Extension in Okmulgee County as an ag educator.

Nancy said their youngest daughter, Taylor, had no choice but to tag along with her sister, and by the eighth grade she too became involved FFA, raising cattle and chickens. Leadership was in her blood, and she was elected president of her FFA chapter in 2011. Taylor competed at state and national contests like her sister and received a full-ride scholarship to East Central University. She earned a degree in family and consumer sciences.

“Needless to say, FFA played a huge role in our kids’ lives,” Nancy said. She said FFA

  • Taught her children the value of hard work and responsibility.
  • Gave them valuable experience in public speaking and interpersonal communication.
  • Helped them finance their college educations.

“We bleed a little blue each day,” Nancy said.


CareerTech events

Galaxy Webinars for Oklahoma, April 8

OkACTE BMITE Officer Meeting, April 9

TSA State Leadership Conference, April 10

Galaxy Webinars for Oklahoma, April 15

TechCAP, April 16


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