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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-7-22

OATC Partners for Progress highlight: Haines Wrecker Service partners with Western Tech

Western Technology Center named Haines Wrecker Service its 2019 Partner for Progress.

The company began a partnership with Western Tech when the technology center needed cars for fire training classes. Haines Wrecker Service delivered and set up cars for students to use to learn cutting and extraction techniques.

The partnership extended to cross-training opportunities with Haines personnel and fire and emergency medical services personnel. Haines has provided vehicles and instruction while using Western Tech’s Emergency Responder Training Center facilities and has worked with Western Tech fire service instructors to provide additional cross-training opportunities.

Training sessions have included basic wrecker operator, traffic incident management and big rig cross-training.

 

CareerTech Champion: Tarence McLane – Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center

Tarence McLane, holding a baby.THEN: Two stints in jail and two failed attempts at drug rehab. Tarence McLane was on a downward spiral before he was accepted into the electrical trades technology program at Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center. That program was a game changer for Tarence, giving him the skills he needed to become a residential, commercial/industrial or maintenance electrician. Tarence said at the Skills Center, he learned:

  • Knowledge of basic safety and how to use specialty electrical tools.
  • How to read blueprints.
  • Career readiness skills that helped him get a job after his release.
  • Code and licensing requirements.
  • Residential, commercial, industrial and motor control wiring techniques.

Tarence knew he desperately needed to change his life, and change it he did. Since his release, he has worked as an electrical inspector for Devon Energy and electrical superintendent for both MMR and Quanta Services. He credits his instructor for much of his success.

“Kevin Copeland was a great instructor who took time for his students,” he said.

NOW: Tarence is no longer using drugs, and he’s taking care of his wife and children. He has even worked with other Skills Centers graduates to help them get jobs and tools.

“I do my best to give back to the CareerTech program and its students when I have the opportunity,” he said.

Tarence works as an inspector and construction manager for the instrumentation and electrical department at WaterBridge Resources. He oversees the company’s electrical construction contractors in the West Texas oilfields.

"My family and I are so thankful CareerTech was an option for me. It is literally what saved my life."
Tarence McLane, electrician

 

CareerTech student organization officers kicking off a great year

CareerTech student organization officers at CareerTech University. Link to video.Oklahoma CareerTech student organization officers met earlier this summer for training at CareerTech University.

While at the camp, they also talked about what CareerTech and CTSOs have done for them and can do for others. You can see more in this video.

Video

 

Support Staff Section Leadership Class II graduates

Support Staff Section Leadership Class II graduates pose for a photo.Members of the CareerTech Support Staff Section Leadership Class II recently graduated.

The purpose of SSS Leadership is to provide opportunities to develop leadership and encourage leadership in the Support Staff Section of OkACTE. Class members learned about personality types, the legislative process and the Oklahoma CareerTech System, in addition to visiting the Oklahoma Capitol and volunteering at a home for women with children who have left domestic violence situations.

 

CareerTech Champion: MaxQ Research -- Meridian Technology Center

MaxQ Research worker stands next to insulated shipping containers.THEN: Four scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs operating a business out of Saravan Kumar’s house. They developed a proprietary platform that allowed them to recreate various gravitational environments for space-based research. They pitched the idea to NASA, who suggested they apply that same technology to something with a broader market. That led them to explore what other industries might need the same technology. 

In 2012, the group moved its business, MaxQ, into the Meridian Technology Center for Business Development.

Meridian Tech’s business incubator program:

  • Allowed MaxQ to customize its office and lab space to meet development and production needs.
  • Offered coaching on real-life business scenarios.
  • Consulted with the group on market research and establishing a customer base.
  • Helped MaxQ secure grants from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and the National Science Foundation.

NOW: MaxQ has patented the MaxPlus thermal control solution, which allows blood and other biological products such as nerve graphs, bone marrow and stem cells to be transported in precise temperature-regulated pack-outs. MaxQ's lightweight, impact-resistant insulated shipping containers are 10 times more insulating, 20 percent lighter and 10 times more impact resistant than Styrofoam.

MaxQ recently received a grant for applied research from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

 

CareerTech events

ASE Instructor Training Conference, July 22

Teacher Institute 2019-2020, July 22

Oklahoma Summit, Aug. 1

American Institute of Building Design AIBD Conference, Aug. 8

CareerTech Board meeting, Aug. 15

 

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.

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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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