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Director's Weekly Memo 7-8-19

OATC Partners for Progress highlight: Apache Tribe partners with Caddo Kiowa Tech 

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center has named the Apache Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program its 2019 Partner for Progress. 

The ATVR was established in 1992 to provide vocational rehabilitation services to American Indian/Alaska Natives with disabilities in a seven-county service area: Caddo, Kiowa, Comanche, Jackson, Cotton and Tillman counties and parts of Grady County. The program helps eligible applicants prepare, train and obtain employment. 

Caddo Kiowa Tech works with ATVR to prepare clients to use the tools and techniques they learn from CKTC instructors. 

Since its inception the ATVR has worked with Caddo Kiowa Tech for training. Clients have completed career training programs such as business information technology education; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; welding and metal fabrication; and digital imaging and printing. 

The partnership has also fostered new programs, such as the Apache Life and Employability Readiness Training program, which helps members realize their personal and career goals. 


CareerTech BMITE students invited to compete at 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship 

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, recently recognized 12 CareerTech BMITE students for placing in the top three nationwide in the Microsoft Office Specialist competition.  

The students are from Ada High School, Autry Technology Center, Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, Francis Tuttle-Rockwell and Central Technology Center. Students from Ada, Autry, Eastern Oklahoma County and Francis Tuttle-Rockwell placed first in their contests and have been invited to compete at the 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida, this summer. 

Students age 13 to 22 were eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the Microsoft Office Specialist Word, Excel or PowerPoint exams for the spring qualifier. During the national championship, students will take a unique competition exam in their tracks, further testing their knowledge of the applications. One winner per track will be named the 2019 MOS U.S. National Champion and win a trip to compete in the 2019 MOS World Championship in New York City. 


Mid-America Technology Center receives Dr. Bottoms Pacesetter Award 

Mid-America Technology Center has been named a Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School and will be recognized at Southern Regional Educational Board’s 2019 Making Schools Work Conference.  

To be recognized as an outstanding Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School, a school must achieve the following:  

  • Be an active member of one or more of the Making Schools Work networks — Making Middle Grades Work, High Schools That Work or Technology Centers That Work — for two consecutive years.  

  • Administer the MMGW, HSTW and/or TCTW student and teacher surveys.  

  • Provide evidence of implementing school improvement strategies related to quality instruction, aligned curriculum, career pathways, systems of support or continuous improvement.  

  • Provide evidence of student achievement.  

  • Participate in the 2019 Making Schools Work Conference by presenting a session aligned with one or more of the conference objectives.  

Using SREB’s Technology Centers That Work design and other strategies learned from previous conferences, Mid-America is successfully combating low retention between first- and second-year enrollment by enrolling students in classes based on their career interests instead of a first-come-first-served base. 


Oklahoma CareerTech state director named vice president of Advance CTE 

Marcie Mack, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education state director, has been elected vice president of Advance CTE for 2019-20. 

Advance CTE is the longest-standing national nonprofit that represents state directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE across the United States. 

Mack has served as Oklahoma CareerTech’s state director since 2015. She previously served as interim state director and deputy state director/chief operations officer. Prior to coming to ODCTE, she served in various capacities at Autry Technology Center. 


CareerTech events 

STEM New Teacher Academy, July 9 

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 


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 Oklahomas 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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