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Director's Memo 2020-11-30

Monday, November 30, 2020

‘CareerTech Horizon’ celebrates first anniversary with energy episode

Oklahoma CareerTech’s podcast “Horizon” is celebrating a year of telling great stories from around the state.

The podcast released its ninth episode last week. “Power Up!” focuses on energy and the work Oklahomans do to capture and harness it in many forms, along with new statewide initiatives to enlarge the state’s energy workforce.

OETA news show examines COVID-19 and education

Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack recently joined OETA’s “Oklahoma News Report” to discuss issues facing state education leaders as the COVID-19 virus makes in-person learning problematic.

To watch, go to OETA’s website. The segment starts at about the 28 minute mark.

CareerTech Champion: Corey Martin – FCCLA

Head and shoulders shot of Corey Martin, a man wearing a dark pink suit jacket, a multicolored checked dress shirt and glasses.Then: Not your typical high school freshman. Corey Martin was a gifted artist, and even as a high school freshman, he loved to sew. Martin said his family and consumer sciences teacher (then home ec) recruited him for her class. There, the Okeene High School student flourished. He used his artistic skills to decorate for school events, such as the school’s annual style show, and he sewed for competitive events. Martin graduated from Fort Cobb-Broxton High School, and said his involvement in FHA (now FCCLA) taught him

  • Basic life skills like setting up a budget and balancing a checkbook.
  • Meal preparation.
  • Sewing skills.

“Through FHA I developed as a leader and a communicator,” he said. “These skills have become very valuable in my adult life, both professionally and personally.”

Martin said the most valuable lesson he learned was to appreciate people. He learned the importance of creating a network of peers and friends, which is extremely important in the theater industry.

In college, Martin majored in musical theater and costume design. He designed theatrical productions and began working from home, creating costumes and evening wear for individual clients. From 2007-2010, he worked as an installer on cruise ships. On the ships he fit, altered and repaired costumes for the new performers.

Now: A member of IATSE 705 Motion Picture Costumers Union. Martin is listed as a women’s custom-made pattern maker, fitter and tailor and has worked in 11 states and 22 countries. Most recently, he was working on a new series for Amazon, not yet released. He hopes to continue to work in the film and TV industry. Martin has started writing and hopes to create a movie or series of his own.

“I often serve as a leader in whatever costume shop or production I am working on. If I had not developed my sewing skills and the leadership qualities I learned in FHA, I would not be where I am today.” -- Corey Martin, costume designer

Meridian Tech instructor named ACTE fellow

Doug Jones, a health careers instructor at Meridian Technology Center, has been selected as a fellow for the Association for Career and Technical Education’s 2021 National Leadership Fellowship Program.

At Meridian, Jones specializes in teaching phlebotomy and equipping students with the skills they need to take the National Healthcareer Association’s certifications. He also serves as the adviser for the Meridian chapter of HOSA, the CareerTech student organization for future health professionals.

The National Leadership Fellowship Program provides educators an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and involvement in professional organizations.

Read more on Meridian’s website.

ACTE highlights High Plains Tech instructor

Jack Day, wind technology instructor at High Plains Technology Center, is featured this month in the Association of Career and Technical Education’s spotlight series on ACTE’s educational institution members.

Day, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, is in his eighth year with High Plains. He teaches adult students of varying ages and backgrounds and says he loves his job.

To read the spotlight interview, visit ACTE’s website.

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Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -- Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Last Modified on Nov 15, 2021
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