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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-6-17

OATC Partners for Progress highlight: J&R Transport partners with High Plains Technology Center

J&R Transport, an oil field transportation and service company, has been in Woodward since 1964. Three generations after getting its start, the corporate business has expanded into four businesses, each with its own specialized equipment and services for the oil and gas industry.

With 140 employees, J&R Transport sought out High Plains Technology Center for its reputation and companywide safety training.

The company and the tech center together have transformed fundamental logistics of J&R Transport from specialized field safety audits to new hire orientation programs. The partnership continues to link business and community and bridge a gap that benefits the entire region.


Skills Centers construction partnership on the move

Pictured with the trailer are, from left, ODCTE employees Chris Benson, Jeremie Moore, Kyle Johnson, Greg Dewald, Tim Hodges and Corey Haynes.A partnership among Oklahoma CareerTech, The Education and Employment Ministry and Metro Technology Centers will benefit inmates of Oklahoma community corrections facilities.

Metro Tech is providing instructors to teach the inmates with a self-contained construction training trailer full of tools provided by Oklahoma CareerTech. CareerTech’s Digital Printing, Distribution and Client Services Division created and installed the wrap on the trailer. The trailer, housed at TEEM, can move to other corrections institutions.

Instructors can also use the trailer to teach plumbing and electrical programs.

Pictured with the trailer are, from left, ODCTE employees Chris Benson, Jeremie Moore, Kyle Johnson, Greg Dewald, Tim Hodges and Corey Haynes.


Oklahoma CareerTech offers training to tech center student services workers

Sixteen Oklahoma technology center student services employees recently graduated from the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech’s Student Services Endorsement Program.

The program is designed to equip student services employees with a foundation in the philosophy, knowledge and skills that are unique to Oklahoma’s CareerTech System.

ODCTE Career Development Specialist AJ Crowell said students in the program demonstrated an overall 27.4% increase in professional competency related to topics such as ethical and legal issues, serving special populations, workforce development and more.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the participants’ achievements and growth,” Crowell said.



CareerTech Champion: Gunner Fullbright – Wes Watkins Technology Center and BPA

Gunner Fullbright works on a design on his computer.THEN: He was about to graduate from Okemah High School, but needed to find a class to fill a hole in his schedule. Gunner Fullbright’s counselor told him about the multimedia program at Wes Watkins Technology Center. He wanted to sign up, but it was a two-year program and he was in his last year of high school.

No problem. Gunner challenged himself to complete the two-year program in one year, while serving as state president for the Business Professionals of America. Through BPA and Wes Watkins Tech, Gunner earned his multimedia specialist certificate. He said he also picked up a number of other skills and character traits, including:

  • Public speaking and leadership skills.
  • Proficiency in Adobe and other software programs.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Accountability.

“Through BPA I made new friends and relationships, and it has definitely impacted my life for the better,” he said, adding that one of the friends he made while he was a state officer became his wife. Olivia Fullbright was in biomedical sciences and a member of HOSA, the student organization for health occupations.

NOW: Gunner is a full-time graphic designer for Oklahoma CareerTech, as well as a youth minister for his church. He said he uses the skills he learned every day, and in his new position at CareerTech he gets to use those skills to support the system that made his career possible.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to give back,” he said.

“I use my skills professionally, for fun, as a hobby, and to earn a little extra money. But I mostly use them to help people who need them.”
Gunner Fullbright


CareerTech events

FCCLA National Leadership Conference, June 30

STEM New Teacher Academy, July 9

Internet of Things Training, July 16

T&I New Teacher Academy, July 16

FAA/MMAC Educator Workshops, July 16


Useful links

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State Agency Assistance at a Glance

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

CareerTech Curriculum

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