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Director's Memo 2020-12-14

Monday, December 14, 2020

Tech centers make Top Workplaces lists

Three Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers were named to the Top Workplaces lists created by The Oklahoman and Energage.

Meridian Technology Center earned the top spot among midsize employers, followed by Central Technology Center in second place. Eastern Oklahoma County was No. 14 on the small employers list.

The Top Workplaces are ranked based on information garnered from surveys of employees at each workplace. For more information about the process, visit The Oklahoman’s website.

The complete lists of top large, midsize and small workplaces is available at the Top Workplaces website.

Oklahomans win National Association of Agricultural Educators awards

R.J. Curry, Central Public Schools, won the Region II Outstanding Service Citation from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Four other Oklahomans also won regional NAAE awards, along with one school.

In addition to teaching agricultural education at Central High, Curry has served as the ag representative on the CareerTech Administrative Council and is a past president of the Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association.

Other Region II winners from Oklahoma were R.J. Curry, Central Public Schools, Outstanding Service Award; Jack Staats, former state FFA adviser, Lifetime Achievement; Ashley Gaff, Timberlake, Outstanding Early Career Teacher; Robby Branscum, Stillwater, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher; and Kadie Smith, Oologah, Ideas Unlimited.

In addition, Edmond High School won the Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program award for Region II.

For more about the awards, visit NAAE’s website.

Aerospace and manufacturing forum set

The Oklahoma Aerospace and Manufacturing Virtual Forum on Dec. 16 will feature State Director of Aerospace and Defense Geoff Camp and Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance President and CEO Dave Rowland.

The forum will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Zoom. Registered participants will be sent a password-protected link the day before the event.

Aerospace and manufacturing experts will give updates about the industry and discuss the impact of manufacturing on the aerospace industry. There will also be a question and answer session with the speakers.

Indian Capital Tech Center named Best Community College in Oklahoma

Indian Capital Technology Center was recently name Best Community College in Oklahoma by

Stacker used data from Niche to rank community colleges in every state.

ICTC has four campuses in Muskogee, Sallisaw, Stilwell and Tahlequah and an adult health careers campus in Muskogee. It has also begun construction planning for a campus in Wagoner County in the Coweta area.

Read more on the Tahlequah Daily Press website.

Moore Norman students win with coding instructional app

Moore Norman Technology Center students Lauren Smith and Katrina Ashpaugh are the Fourth District of Oklahoma winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge.

The two created “Homeward Guides,” an app that focuses on teaching basic coding techniques through a series of games and obstacles.

Smith is also a student at Moore High School, and Ashpaugh is a Norman High School student.

Learn more about their app and the challenge on Congressman Tom Cole’s website.

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