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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-5-6

Four Oklahomans win ACTE Region IV awards

Four Oklahoma CareerTech technology center employees won awards at the Association for Career and Technical Education Region IV Conference: Sandra Patocka, Autry Technology Center, Carl Perkins Community Service award; Don Roberts, Autry Technology Center, Lifetime Achievement; Josie Scott, Metro Technology Centers, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year; and Mike Lindley, Wes Watkins Technology Center, Teacher of the Year.

Patocka, who graduated from Autry Tech’s practical nursing program in 2000, joined the staff in 2007 as the certified clinical medical assistant instructor. Roberts, has served as Autry Tech’s agricultural business coordinator for 30 years. He has assisted more than 1,000 farm family clients during his tenure.

Scott is the simulation lab coordinator at Metro Tech. A registered nurse with a master’s degree in nursing education, she has been a nursing educator for 16 years and in the simulation environment for eight years. Lindley, a biomedical science instructor at Wes Watkins, was also named the National Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year at the 2017 PLTW Summit.


OATC Partners for Progress highlight: B&H Construction partners with Mid-America Tech

Mid-America Technology Center named B&H Construction its Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers Partner for Progress.

B&H Construction, a 36-year contractor for OneGas with crews throughout Oklahoma and parts of Kansas and Texas, is a longtime partner of Mid-America tech.

Changes in the OneGas operator qualification requirements meant B&H Construction needed to train and qualify more than 220 employees. Mid-America assembled subject matter experts and professional partnerships that helped B&H lower the costs of the changes and provided a resource for the tech center to use as well.

The mutual investment allows students and employees to benefit from operator qualification training, operator qualification performance verification, polyfusion pipe welding training, leadership training, safety training and respirator fit testing (service).


CareerTech Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network hosts workshop

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network recently hosted a free workshop in Lawton about the federal HUBZone program, which encourages federal agencies to award at least 3 percent of their contracting money to certified small businesses in historically underutilized business zones.

Carter Merkle, OBAN program manager, is featured in a video about the workshop on KSWO-TV’s website.



CareerTech events

HUBZone Awareness-Kiamichi Tech Center-McAlester, May 8

TechCAP, May 9

Galaxy Webinar for Oklahoma, May 13

CareerTech Board Meeting, May 16

Instructional Coaching and Mentoring Training, May 22


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 OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum

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