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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-7-1

OATC Partners for Progress highlight: Vance Air Force Base partners with Autry Technology Center

Autry Technology Center named Vance Air Force Base its 2019 Partner for Progress.

Vance Air Force Base in Enid provides resources for current, separated and retired airmen to connect their previous training with new technology.

Autry and Vance connected in 2015 through the Air Force Community Partnership program with base tours emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math and provide introductions to new programs. The partnership helps airmen to stay in their community and also shows them courses they can take after duty hours.

Autry also partnered with Vance to conduct strategic planning at the tech center with several base departments. The tech center and Vance created a specialized facilitation skills course for current and future leaders that offers individualized presentation skills coaching, time- and money-saving distance learning and concentrated training programs.


Industry experts gather at BMITE Industry Futuring Panels

BMITE Industry Futuring Panels
Industry experts talk about business trends and needed skills at an Oklahoma CareerTech Business, Marketing and IT Education Division Industry Futuring Panel.
More than 40 industry experts discussed business trends and skill sets needed to satisfy Oklahoma’s future employment needs at Oklahoma CareerTech’s Business, Marketing and IT Education Division’s first Industry Futuring Panels.

BMITE hosted the think tank groups earlier this month at Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Business Innovation Campus. Participants discussed business trends affecting employees’ needed skill sets, skills necessary for workplace success, emerging careers and career pathways and big-picture topics employees need to know

MBA Research, a national career and technology education consultant, organized and facilitated three futuring panels for the business management, finance and marketing cluster areas. Oklahoma is a consortium member of MBA Research and uses the industry-validated national standards developed through its nationwide industry connections. MBA Research will compile all of the panels’ input and its research into a comprehensive report that will help refocus the efforts to build relevant career pathways.

Hussain Ali, state BPA officer from Putnam City High School, and Austin Long and Xavier Hamilton, state DECA officers from Latta High School, spoke to the groups about the connection CareerTech has with students. The officers’ input generated interest in the student organizations and how the industry representatives could get involved and support BPA/DECA activities.

Meals for the three days were sponsored by Gooden Group, Chickasaw Nation and donations collected by the Latta DECA chapter. Refreshments were sponsored by the OKACTE/BMITE teacher organization. A special thanks to these sponsors!


Lions Club financial gift helps remove barriers to student success

OKC Lions Club and Metro Tech
Metro Tech Foundation Director Ashleigh Gibson, left, accepts a $6,000 financial gift from Downtown OKC Lions Club board member Tom Springer.
A second-year $6,000 financial gift from the Downtown OKC Lions Club to the Metro Tech Foundation will continue to remove financial barriers for Metro Tech students by helping them obtain driver’s licenses and job-related tools. Financial barriers, according to Metro Tech Foundation Director Ashleigh Gibson, can often mean the difference between giving up and succeeding.

The gift will also continue assisting graduates like Alfredo Diosdado, who completed Metro Tech’s auto service program in May and received a job offer that required an expensive set of tools. A 2019 graduate of Santa Fe South High School, Diosdado was able to accept a position in the automotive industry after the Metro Tech Foundation purchased his required tools.

Tom Springer, Lions Club board member, said the club has historically supported college scholarships for high school students, but wanted to expand their giving as many of their members attended technical schools.



Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program celebrates opening of welding school

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program held a ribbon cutting this week in Henryetta for its Career Services Welding School, an eight-week course in partnership with MCN Workforce, MCN Employment and Training, Oklahoma CareerTech and Green Country Technology Center.

Eleven students are enrolled in the first class. The program offers technical education in SMAW and MIG welding to prepare students for most applications of welding in various industries. Employers are waiting to hire people, said RiP Manager Tony Fish.



Oklahoman article highlights CareerTech Skills Centers

A recent article and an editorial in The Oklahoman discuss the way Oklahoma CareerTech’s Skills Centers help inmates succeed after release. Skills Centers specialize in delivering career and technology education to inmates under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and juveniles under the supervision of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.




CareerTech events

FCCLA National Leadership Conference, June 30

STEM New Teacher Academy, July 9

T&I New Teacher Academy, July 16

Internet of Things Training, July 16

FAA/MMAC Educator Workshops, July 16


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