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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-9-30

Celebrate Workforce Development Month

MFG Day October 4, 2019, picture of gears

Manufacturing Day, held annually on the first Friday in October, launches a month of events across the country to showcase modern manufacturing careers.

You can find information about manufacturing in Oklahoma from the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance.

MFG Data


Red River Technology Center partnering with U.S. Army

U.S. soldiers working at computersRed River Technology Center is work with the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery proponent of Fort Sill in Lawton on a new, enhanced electronics technology certification training initiative.

The initiative, referred to as the credentialing program, is designed for tactical and maintenance warrant officers associated with the Patriot missile defense system.

Selected warrant officers attend a rigorous 60-hour, two-week electronics technology certification training program to learn the technical knowledge required to pass the DC and AC electronics circuit analysis and troubleshooting exams as outlined by the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians and the Electronics System Association.

"Our soldiers have an incredible opportunity, especially with the technical aspect of their jobs, to get industry/nationwide credentialing," said Jennifer Smith, lead development and education analyst for the Air Defense Artillery Commandant. "We are very excited about the partnership with the Red River Technology Center, and we are going to continue to grow it."

The robust curriculum and the purposely limited time allowed to complete the assigned duties and tasks associated with the successful certification process, provide a unique experience for the officers.

All of the attending warrant officers successfully fulfilling the requirements of the credentialing program receive their independent industry certification documents and special recognition during their tactical training graduation ceremony at Fort Sill.


Pioneer Tech Emergency Services Training Center opens

Pioneer Tech fire training tower, three story tower with off-white siding and gray outside stairsPioneer Technology Center opened its Emergency Services Training Center in September to help provide training area fire departments and industries.

The Ponca City Fire and Life Safety Council had a vision for a local training facility more than 15 years ago. A little more than two years ago, Pioneer Tech joined the venture, which had strong support from area industry, agencies and volunteer fire departments.

In December 2018, the Pioneer Tech Board of Education approved the plan to build the training center on the eastern side of PTC’s property. The building was designed to meet the training needs of firefighters and law enforcement and provide industrial safety training in north central Oklahoma. The 44-foot-tall tower can simulate fires in houses and apartments and offer training for search and rescue. The 18,425-square-foot facility has two burn rooms, 10 rappelling points, eight staircases, a confined space trainer and 26 movable partitions.

“The new EMS Training Center gives availability and accessibility for agencies to meet the expense of training staff in a timely manner, which in turn will impact district partners with better-prepared service providers,” said Traci Thorpe, superintendent/CEO of Pioneer Tech.

Pioneer Tech has already booked an international group from South Korea for training at the facility in partnership with Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training.



CareerTech holds GuidanceFest 2019

Oklahoma CareerTech and local technology centers have teamed up again for the annual GuidanceFest this month.

The statewide initiative provides training, networking and in-depth conversations about career and technology education for partner school counselors, principals, instructors and staff. Five sessions are held around the state.



CareerTech events

Print Conference, Oct. 3

FCCLA Take AIM, Oct. 8

Northwest Technology Center Accreditation Onsite Visit, Oct. 8

GuidanceFest - Tulsa Technology Center-Owasso, Oct. 8

OK Career Guide Training - Tulsa Technology Center-Owasso (GF), Oct. 8


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

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