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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-7-15

OATC Partners for Progress highlight: 7725 Connect partners with Francis Tuttle Tech

Francis Tuttle Technology Center named 7725 Connect its 2019 Partner for Progress.

7725 Connect’s mission is to provide secure, reliable power, space and connectivity to organizations. The company provides necessary infrastructure to 27 companies in its multitenant, mission-critical business campus.

Francis Tuttle Tech has provided safety, technical and leadership training for 7725 Connect and several business in the facility. In addition, the technology center has provided support for multiple tenants through Oklahoma CareerTech’s Training for Industry Program.


ICBS Show announces key speakers

The ICBS Show will open its 13th year in Norman with speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration and a national government contracting legal firm.

Shawn Pensoneau, assistant administrator for the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs, will open the event Aug. 20, followed by Matt Moriarty, partner at Koprince Law, and Robb Wong, associate administrator in the SBA Office of Government Contracting and Business Development.

ICBS Show participants will learn new strategies for doing business with all levels of government. The summit, in Norman on Aug. 20-21, will provide networking opportunities and presentations and panels featuring experts in government procurement. Businesses will be able to gather the business intelligence needed to increase their share of the government market and access government agency buyers and policy leaders, prime contractors and tribal procurement representatives seeking to expand their vendor pools.



Oklahoma HOSA members bring home awards from International Leadership Conference

More than 300 Oklahomans attended the 2019 HOSA International Leadership Conference and brought home a number of awards and recognitions, including an award for being the largest state contributor to the HOSA service project, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

This was Oklahoma’s third year to win the honor. Oklahoma HOSA members raised $26,996.14 for the foundation and donated 1,555 volunteer hours. Ten chapters received the Merit Award for 100 hours or $100, and 30 chapters received the Recognition Award for 500 hours or $500.

Eight chapters were named Outstanding HOSA Chapters, and Oklahoma received an Outstanding HOSA Achievement Recognition Award for its hair donation project at the State Leadership Conference. The state was also recognized for a 1.1% increase in members from 2017-18. Four chapters earned the Bronze Star Chapter award, nine chapters earned the Silver Star Chapter award, and 24 chapters earned the Gold Star Chapter award.

In competitive events, Oklahoma had 19 first place finishers; 12 second place; 16 third place; 47 fourth through 10th place; and 94 students on stage. Seven members achieved mastery level on the healthcare issues exam, and two postsecondary members tied for first place.

Oklahoma received the Barbara James Service Award for health-related volunteer hours, with 10,569 hours. Thirteen members received gold for 250-plus hours, seven received silver for 175-249 hours, and 18 received bronze for 100-174 hours.

State HOSA members received Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Recognition for 359 volunteer hours; six members had more than 30 hours each.

Dana Chandler of Tulsa Tech was named health professions competitive event lieutenant, and Adrian Patterson was named HOSA Inc. board of directors alumni director-at-large. Outstanding HOSA Advisers were Brenda Bennett, Pioneer Technology Center, secondary, and Paula Estrada, Central Technology Center, postsecondary.


Metro Tech graduate finds midlife professional success through career training

Samir Elneser was in his 40s with a bachelor’s degree when a sudden layoff led him to the radiologic technology program at Metro Tech. During his two years in the program, he won gold medals at the state and international HOSA competition; started and finished the program with 15 classmates he now considers close friends; and found what he knows will be his lifelong profession.

“Taking patient X-rays is much more involved than pressing a button. It requires creating a high level of patient comfort through proper positioning and communication. I also interact and engage with many different patients in a typical day, and I enjoy that diversity,” Elneser said.



CareerTech Champion: Anthony Rifenberry – Adult Basic Education

Anthony Rifenberry works on a computer system.THEN: He had been an orphan all of his life. Anthony Rifenberry moved from a series of foster homes to the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch, now Lions Meadows of Hope. When he turned 18, he needed to find a job.

It was a vicious cycle. To get a job, he needed training, and to get training, he needed money. But the roadblocks didn’t stop there. Anthony wanted to enroll in Meridian Technology Center’s information technology program, but to qualify for the financial assistance he would need, he would have to have a high school diploma.

Anthony enrolled in the Meridian Tech’s adult basic education program, and in only three months, he earned his high school equivalency diploma. The ABE program gave Anthony:

  • The confidence to believe he could graduate high school.
  • Personal assistance with complex math and other subjects required to pass the HSE exam.
  • The knowledge and skills he needed to pass the HSE exam.

The smaller, more intimate classroom environment was one of the keys to Anthony’s academic success.

 “I definitely learned more math at Meridian Tech than I did in high school,” he said.

NOW: Anthony is a member of Business Professionals of America, and his network design team won the state contest. The team will compete at BPA’s national conference in Anaheim, California, in May. After he graduates with his network and PC support specialist certification, Anthony would like to continue his education, possibly enrolling in network engineering or cybersecurity.

“I had convinced myself that graduating high school and getting into a technology center was not possible.”
Anthony Rifenberry


CareerTech events

T&I New Teacher Academy, July 16

BMITE Internet of Things Training, July 16

FAA/MMAC Educator Workshops, July 16

CareerTech Board Meeting, July 18

FAA/MMAC Educator workshops, July 18


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