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29 graduate from CareerTech administrator program

June 5, 2017

Twenty-nine people in the Oklahoma CareerTech System recently graduated from the Technology Center Administrator Program.

TechCAP gives individuals in the CareerTech System the chance to establish or advance their technology center administrative careers. Participants are current or potential technology center or skills centers administrators.

Oklahoma CareerTech began TechCAP in 2003. Since then, 210 people have completed the program. Thirteen have become technology center superintendents, and another 23 have become deputy or assistant superintendents. Most of the rest are directors and assistant directors, said LaMecia Stidham, leadership and professional development coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

“We started and continue to offer TechCAP to prepare future technology center leaders,” she said.

TechCAP VIII graduates were Kyle Hockmeyer, Autry Technology Center; Tammy Ridgeway, Karen Sneary and Jay Watson, Canadian Valley Technology Center; Sherry Adrian and Khaaliq Salim, Francis Tuttle Technology Center; Julie Roberds, Green Country Technology Center; Shannon Barnes and Nick Carter, Indian Capital Technology Center; Bryan Hallmark and Becky Ward, Kiamichi Technology Centers; Dana Wallace, Meridian Technology Center; Sara Collins and Brian Leaver, Metro Technology Centers; Malachi Blaxton and Denny Prince, Mid-America Technology Center; Kathie Bergmann and Tobie Gatewood, Northeast Technology Center; Bobby Watson, Northwest Technology Center; Erica Harris, Charlie Weeks and Nancy Overton, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education; Stacey Rush, Pioneer Technology Center; Kerensa Kester and Kim Smith, Tri County Technology Center; Clarence Jackson, Karen Johnson and Charles Murphy, Tulsa Technology Center; and Danny Britton, Western Technology Center.

During the year-long program, they visited technology centers across the state, learned more about the CareerTech System, networked with other administrators and gained hands-on experience in the different functions of technology centers. Topics included human resources, finance, workforce development, at-risk populations, media relations, crisis management, partnerships and state and national issues.

For more information about Oklahoma CareerTech, visit For more information about TechCAP, visit

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, 395 comprehensive school districts, 15 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 30 adult basic education service providers.

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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