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CareerTech educators head to Oklahoma City for 49th annual conference

July 22, 2016

More than 3,700 CareerTech employees will converge on the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City Aug. 1-2 for the 49th annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

The conference is held in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.

Marcie Mack
“Providing professional development for CareerTech educators and employees is paramount to our continued success,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director. “Summer conference gives us the opportunity to partner with OkACTE to bring professional development, awards, instructional resources and networking to Oklahoma’s CareerTech System.

“One of our greatest assets in developing Oklahoma’s future workforce is in the people who provide educational opportunities to a variety of individuals to prepare them to be successful in the workplace, in education and in life.”

Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators and staff members will meet with colleagues from across the state to discuss ideas and advancements in CareerTech education and to learn what they can do to make the system even better.

“The Association of Career and Technology Education, OkACTE, provides a unified voice to advocate to the state legislature on behalf of the professionals of the Oklahoma CareerTech system,” said Skye McNiel, executive director of the association. “OkACTE is member-driven and provides first class professional development, membership services and strategic lobbying efforts on the state and national level.” 

Mack will speak during the conference’s opening general session, along with three CareerTech graduates, who will share the successes they’ve experience as a result of their CareerTech education. Also, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister will present the State Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in CareerTech Education.

McNiel will speak in the afternoon general session, when the Gold Star, Arch Alexander and Francis Tuttle awards will also be presented.

New this year will be an awards breakfast when the CareerTech System will honor the Oklahoma CareerTech Teacher of the Year and other system employees and highlight their achievements. The winners will also be highlighted during the opening general session. The Teacher of the Year, the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, the Outstanding New Teacher and the Support Staff Award winner will all also receive a monetary award from Express Employment Professionals.

In addition to division meetings and the CareerTech Expo, where educators can learn about the latest products and services available, conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear experts in six spotlight sessions.

Teacher of the Year

Author and marketing strategist Crystal Washington will speak about using social media to attract opportunities, build relationships and increase efficiency; author and speaker Andy Masters will speak about how to motivate and engage today’s students; speaker Avish Parashar will share ways to improvise and adapt; and The Sensational Group CEO Duane Cummings will talk about leadership. Also, Craig Clemons, vice president of public relations and business development for Express Employment Professionals, will talk about the company’s Job Genius program, and JoAnn Sternke, superintendent of Pewaukee (Wis.) School District, a Baldrige Award winner, will share her district’s efforts in continuous school improvement.

The conference is the major professional development activity for Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators and staff members.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 58 campuses, 390 comprehensive school districts, 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 30 Adult Basic Education sites.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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