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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-9-2

Celebrate Workforce Development Month

CTSO logos: FCCLA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, TSA, DECA, FFA, BPA.Oklahoma is celebrating Workforce Development Month in September.

A key component to developing a high quality workforce is to make certain our students have the opportunity to strengthen their employability skills. CareerTech student organizations do just that throughout our programs. CTSOs are integrated into CareerTech programs. Student organizations provide opportunities for personal growth and scholastic achievement, as well as developing skills in public speaking, planning and organizing.

Members work on various community projects, competitive events and leadership activities and meet other students who share similar interests. Many students enjoy membership in more than one group.



CareerTech educators receive awards

Oklahoma CareerTech and OkACTE honored a number of educators during the Oklahoma Summit, the 52nd annual CareerTech summer conference.

Among them were Dusty Ricks, superintendent of Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne, who received the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award, and Ruth Peace, who received the Arch Alexander Award. Peace retired in June 2019 as ODCTE’s information management division manager.

Award winners


Tri County Tech shares improvement strategies

Tri County Technology Center, which has been ranked among Fortune’s Great Places to Work for four consecutive years and has won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2018, has planned a series of best practice conferences to share what it has learned with other organizations.

The tech center planned three conference, one in September and two more on Nov. 7-8 and Jan. 9-10. Registration is still open for the second and third conferences.

Participants will learn the strategies Tri County Tech developed using the Baldrige framework and discover the tech center’s secrets to an engaged workforce committed to continuous improvement.



CareerTech Career and Academic Connections team engaging with industry

Members of the CareerTech Career and Academic Connections team with a Purina employee. People are wearing orange safety vests and hard hats.The Oklahoma Career and Academic Connections team took a road trip in August to the Purina plant in Edmond to learn about the pet food industry and the company’s processes and to talk about how CareerTech and Purina might work together to provide information and opportunities for students, educators and job seekers.

The group toured the plant and learned about the work environment and jobs in research, safety, engineering, maintenance, human resources and more, including the dog and cat taste testers. Their host, Michael Barr, also talked about the path he took to his career with Purina, which included college major changes.

The team left with ideas about how Purina can help schools meet individual career academic plan requirements through job shadowing, virtual tours and other opportunities through OK Career Guide Connect2Business and how CareerTech can help Purina through training opportunities for existing employees and the creation of a pipeline for new employees.


CareerTech events

FCCLA Lead Conference - Tulsa Tech - Owasso, Sept. 10

FCCLA Lead Conference - Great Plains Tech - Lawton, Sept. 12

Teacher Institute 2019-20, Sept. 12

FCCLA Lead Conference McAlester Expo Center, Sept. 17

FCCLA Lead Conference Enid Expo Center, Sept. 19


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

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. --Theodore Roosevelt
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