Director's Memo 2020-11-23
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Highway Patrol enter agreement for entrance exam
The Oklahoma CareerTech Testing Center, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, has secured an agreement to provide the entrance exam for Oklahoma state trooper candidates.
Under the agreement with the Department of Public Safety, applicants to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy will take the Oklahoma Peace Officer Screening and Selection Exam developed by the CareerTech Testing Center. CTTC will provide the exam through its existing in-person and virtual test sites across Oklahoma.
“We are pleased to partner with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety to offer this entrance assessment for state troopers,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director. “By providing the assessment through the existing infrastructure of the Oklahoma CareerTech Testing Center, access to the testing will be available statewide.”
Read more about the agreement on CareerTech’s website.
Oklahoma DECA, BPA plan virtual conferences
Both Oklahoma DECA and Oklahoma Business Professionals of America announced this week they would move their 2021 state conferences to a virtual format.
Oklahoma DECA’s Career Development Conference is scheduled for Feb. 10-11, and Oklahoma BPA’s State Leadership Conference is scheduled for March 9-10. Paxton Cavin, state adviser for both CareerTech student organizations, said each conference would still contain all competitions and that organizers will try to virtually recreate as many conference experiences and opportunities as possible.
Themes for the conferences will be release on social media in the coming weeks, she added.
Virtual OEIP to share technology best practices
The Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships virtual event in December will feature five classroom teachers, who will share their best practices for technology and student engagement.
Four teachers will also highlight the impacts and connections they are making with their 2020 OEIP grant awards. OEIP’s mission is to create a pipeline for partnerships among educators, counselors, administrators, partners, students, industry leaders, government policymakers and members of the economic development community.
The free hour-long virtual session will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 8. Online registration is open now.
Metro Tech, other tech centers offer free courses for some affected by COVID-19
Oklahoma City residents whose jobs were affected by COVID-19 may qualify for free courses at Metro Technology Centers.
Metro Tech is offering the classes through Community Cares Partners. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and live in Oklahoma City. Eligible applicants may also qualify for living expense assistance.
The in-person and online classes, which lead to a variety of certifications, run through December.
More information is available on the Metro Tech website.
Metro Tech is also part of a training compact with four other technology centers -- Canadian Valley Tech, Francis Tuttle Tech, Mid-Del Tech and Moore Norman Tech -- to offer no-cost skills training. The tech centers have an online catalog of the courses offered.
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