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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-5-20

OATC Partners for Progress highlight: Central Staffing Solutions partners with EOC Tech

Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center named Central Staffing Solutions its 2019 Partner for Progress.

CSS is a small, minority woman-owned business that provides construction, project management services and staffing services.

Owner Whitney Hill founded the business in January 2017 in Choctaw as a staffing service, providing skilled and general labor hands, payroll management, recruiting, lawn maintenance services, event management and consulting facilities operations. She described CSS as a second chance agency with two purposes: providing services to businesses and changing the lives of its employees.

CSS helps employees get housing and manage their time and provides them with successful transitions back into the workforce.

With the assistance of Julie Farmer, with CareerTech’s Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network at EOC Tech, CSS won several government contracts worth more than $1.3 million. Its commercial projects include cleaning, payroll and event staffing for the Jones Assembly, Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Cox Convention Center, the OKC Zoo, the Oklahoma City Fire Department and the Oklahoma State Fair.


Agricultural education students had $26 million-plus impact on Oklahoma in 2018

Through supervised agricultural experiences, Oklahoma agricultural education students invested $12.9 million in 2018 for a $26.3 million economic impact on Oklahoma.

Seventy-six percent of Oklahoma FFA members participated in an SAE in 2018, investing 871,405 hours outside their classrooms in their projects. Their inventory assets -- animals, equipment and crops, were valued at $73.2 million.

The students’ experiences also included 44,294 hours of community service. The $26.3 million economic impact comes from an economic value of $25.3 million coupled with a volunteerism value of $1 million.


Francis Tuttle program trains public works employees

Kirsten LindsayFrancis Tuttle Technology Center’s Center for Municipal Excellence was featured recently in The Oklahoman.

The center “provides comprehensive, standardized training to public works employees,” Kirsten Lindsay told The Oklahoman. She is the CME market development coordinator.

CME works with other Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers to train public works employees across the state.




Canadian Valley Tech Center receives NTHS Silver Star of Excellence

Canadian Valley Technology Center was recently awarded the National Technical Honor Society Silver Star of Excellence.

The technology center and its NTHS members have shown an extraordinary degree of responsibility and commitment to the people of their community through extensive community service have excelled in the appreciation of the seven NTHS attributes in leading the chapter, C. Allen Powell, NTHS executive director and co-founder, wrote in an email advising CVTC of the award..


CareerTech events

Instructional Coaching and Mentoring Training, May 22

Introduction to Galaxy in Oklahoma - 1-hour webinars, May 23

FCS May Professional Development, May 28

CT Teacher Institute 2018-2019, June 3

Introduction to Galaxy in Oklahoma - 1-hour webinars, June 3

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State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education OK Career Guide

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