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Director's Memo 2020-01-06

Monday, January 06, 2020

American Airlines donates MD-80 aircraft to CareerTech

American Airlines has donated one of its last two MD-80 jets to Oklahoma CareerTech.

The company presented the aircraft to CareerTech in December.

For more about the donation, read the press release on American Airlines’ website.

Oklahoma Works Together regional workshops set

The Oklahoma Workforce Advisory Team, along with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will hold five workshops at strategic locations in Oklahoma to help communities implement the new plan and apply to become Centers of Excellence.

Each workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with lunch included. The workshop dates and locations are listed below, and registration is now open:

Each workshop is open to only 50 participants, and reservations will be limited to five per organization.

Contact Sherry Alexander for assistance at 918-825-3500 or

EOC Tech engine build team members place first in national competition

EOC Tech's engine build team placed first in the National Performing Racing Industry competition. The automotive engine build team members in Jim LaFevers' automotive program at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center gained national attention when they placed first in the National Performing Racing Industry competition Dec. 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Team members Trace Davidson, Collin Dobson, Brenton Price, Braden Springer and Tyler Wilson averaged the weekend with a 16:43 time, finishing the competition with a time of 16:11. This marks the third year that EOC Tech students have left Indianapolis with the national title.

"Our first run was a 16:08 clean build, second run was a 17:54, third run was a 16:11,” LaFevers said. “Nobody else ran in the 17 minutes; they were 18 or higher.”

CareerTech Champion: Section 37 Surveying and Mapping – Red River Technology Center

Marcus Heilman and Tyler Matthesen of Section 37 Surveying and Mapping stand next to a company truck.THEN: Marcus Heilman and Tyler Matthesen didn’t have much experience starting or running a company, but they had marketable skills in the Duncan, Oklahoma, area. In December 2017, the owners of Section 37 Surveying and Mapping contacted Red River Technology Center’s business and industry services staff for help getting their business going.

Red River Tech Center helped the Section 37 owners create a business plan and a strategy for their company. They offered training aimed at keeping the business going and growing.

Marcus said Red River Tech gave them peace of mind, allowing them to focus on surveying and not “fret about the business.” During the two years they have partnered with Red River Tech, Marcus and Tyler

  • Attended local workshops such as Grow with Google, New Business Taxes and Branding.
  • Participated in Red River Tech’s small business roundtable discussions.
  • Increased revenues; total invoices for 2019 more than doubled their billing in 2018.

NOW: “Land surveying comes easy for us,” Marcus said. “It’s comforting to have people of high integrity and professionalism a phone call away.”

CareerTech events

CareerTech Women in Leadership, Jan. 14

Start 2020 with OK Career Guide Training, Jan. 15

Pay Attention in Technology Use, Jan. 15

Teacher Institute 2019-20, Jan. 17

FCCLA State Officer Interviews, Jan. 28

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.

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Prosperity begins with a state of mind. -- Anonymous
Last Modified on Nov 17, 2021
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