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Director's Memo 2020-10-12

More than 1,600 attend virtual BPA, DECA conference

Oklahoma Business Professionals of America and Oklahoma DECA hosted a virtual Fall Leadership Conference for more than 1,600 students and advisers.

The conference centered around students finding their leadership voices and using them to amplify their strengths as leaders, role models and BPA and DECA members. In addition to sessions on learning their styles and working with other leaders, students also heard from Alton Carter, author of “The Boy Who Carried Bricks” and “Aging Out” and founder of the Alton Carter Inspire Foundation, which helps individuals in foster homes, group homes and boys ranches earn college degrees.

“This year has brought about so many changes, but one thing it has not changed is the hard work and dedication that Oklahoma CTSO state officers pour into their organizations,” said Paxton Cavin, state BPA and DECA adviser. “No matter what has been put in their path, on their list or abruptly changed, these officers have stepped up to the occasion. I could not be more proud of these two state officer teams and the work they have done and continue to do during this crazy year.”

 

Mid-America Tech announces new superintendent

Mike Eubank has moved into the superintendent position at Mid-America Technology Center.

Eubank joined MATC in 1993 as a computer aided design and drafting teacher, a program he taught for 15 years. He was promoted to principal in 2008 and to director of full-time programs in 2015. In 2017, he became assistant superintendent.

For more about Eubank, visit MATC’s website.

 

Student aid application period opens

Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms are being accepted for the upcoming academic year. The FAFSA form is the first step in getting financial assistance.

For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website or check with financial aid officers at your local technology center. You can find a brochure with FAFSA codes for technology centers on ODCTE’s website.

 

Meridian Tech business development center tenant gets more than $1 million in funding

MITO Material Solutions, a tenant in Meridian Technology Center’s Center for Business Development, recently secured more than $1 million in funding.

MITO makes a hybrid additive called E-GO that can be mixed with epoxy or resin to strengthen fiberglass composites or thermoplastic parts used in industries like aerospace, recreational vehicles and watercraft. The new funding will allow MITO to expand into new sectors.

For more about the company, the funding and the Center for Business Development, visit Meridian Tech’s website.

 

Global Wind Organisation report highlights High Plains Tech program

High Plains Technology Center’s wind energy training program is still one of the leading Global Wind Organisation training providers in the United States, according to the GWO’s half-year report.

The report shows a continued increase in the wind industry. HPTC has met the needs of the industry by providing training at the rate of the industry’s growth.

For more about the HPTC program and the full report, visit HPTC’s website.

 

Oklahoma FCCLA hosts pumpkin decorating contest

Oklahoma FCCLA is hosting a pumpkin carving/decorating contest on social media.

The contest has three categories: ages 4-10, ages 11-18 and ages 19 and up. Each age level will have one winner announced on Halloween. The deadline for entry is Oct. 29.

Rules can be found on Oklahoma FCCLA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

Useful links

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