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Director's Memo 2021-6-1

Female inmates graduate from truck driver training class

Four Oklahoma women are blazing new trails in big rigs.

The women are graduates of the first truck driver training class for incarcerated women. The program is a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

“This program and others like it align with our mission to help offenders transition successfully from the correctional system to the workplace,” said Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack. “We’re very proud of each of the ladies, who have learned the skills they need for prosperous employment that will make a positive impact on their lives and the state’s economy.”

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech employee receives Air Force Association STEM education award

Tonja Norwood receives Air Force Association award
The Air Force Association Central Oklahoma Gerrity Chapter presented Tonja Norwood with the Gerrity Chapter President’s STEM Education Award. Pictured are, from left, Col. Michael Tiemann, vice commander of the 72nd Air Base Wind; Norwood; and Janelle Stafford, AFA Central Oklahoma Gerrity Chapter president.
Oklahoma CareerTech’s STEM program manager recently received an award for her work promoting STEM education.

The Air Force Association Central Oklahoma Gerrity Chapter presented Tonja Norwood with the Gerrity Chapter President’s STEM Education Award.

Norwood has been the program manager for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education since 2018. She previously served as an information technology program specialist in ODCTE’s Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education Division.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


South OKC Chamber honors Francis Tuttle instructor

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce named Francis Tuttle Technology Center instructor Natalie Bowman its 2021 Technology Teacher of the Year.

She teaches anatomy and physiology at the technology center’s Rockwell campus.

Read more on The Oklahoman’s website.


OEIP plans summer sessions

CareerTech’s Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships has planned five sessions this summer covering the film industry, construction trades, manufacturing and health, aerospace and automotive industries.

Sessions will be June 10 at Green Pasture Studios in Spencer, June 16 on Zoom, July 15 at MidAmerica Industrial Park and Northeast Technology Center, July 20-22 at Metro Technology Centers and July 26 at Oklahoma City Community College.

For more information about each session and registration links, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


High school STEM aviation programs in the news

Two news stories recently highlighted CareerTech STEM aviation programs at Oklahoma high schools.

Fox 25 visited Ada High School, where the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association You Can Fly program is four years old. The high school was the first in Oklahoma to test the curriculum, Chris Eckler, Ada Public Schools director of STEM, told Fox 25.

Seminole High School will add AOPA aeronautics curriculum this fall, according to The Shawnee News-Star. Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee will also work with Seminole High School to develop its aerospace program, Superintendent Roger Farris told the newspaper.

Fox 25 story

Shawnee News-Star story


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