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Director's Memo 2020-02-03

Monday, February 03, 2020

February is National Career and Technical Education Month

The Oklahoma CareerTech System is celebrating CareerTech Education Month in February. Gov. Kevin Stitt recently issued a proclamation declaring this month as Career and Technical Education Appreciation Month in Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma CareerTech partners with business and educational institutions to enhance career awareness, increase educational attainment and meet the needs of our state,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education state director. “CareerTech is an integral part of Oklahoma’s economy.”

The CareerTech System delivers educational experiences through a network of 394 PK-12 school districts, 29 technology center districts, 16 skills center sites in correctional facilities and 32 adult basic education providers. In fiscal year 2019, CareerTech’s enrollments totaled more than 550,000, and CareerTech System graduates added more than $3.5 billion to Oklahoma’s economy.


Francis Tuttle students receive Lemelson-MIT Program InvenTeam grant

Francis Tuttle Tech grant
Students of Francis Tuttle Tech instructor Brad Sanders, pictured, received a Lemelson-MIT Program InvenTeam grant.
A team of Francis Tuttle Technology Center engineering, biosciences and medicine students is one of 14 InvenTeams nationwide to receive grants up to $10,000 from the Lemelson-MIT Program. The grants fund original inventions addressing local and worldwide problems.

Francis Tuttle’s InvenTeam of nine high school students led by instructors Brad Sanders and Jared Keester was awarded the $10,000 grant to fund its proposed invention that would disinfect airport bins of harmful bacteria and viruses.

“Our students applied incredible creativity and ingenuity throughout the application process,” said Sanders. “They identified a global threat to public health and proposed a clear and achievable way to solve it. We are honored to have been selected and are excited to get to work.”

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams are teams of high school students, educators and mentors that receive grants of up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The national InvenTeam initiative aims to inspire a new generation of inventors and encourage an inventive culture in schools and communities.

Oklahoma Futuring Panels report available

MBA Research and Curriculum Center has put together a page on its website to highlight the Oklahoma Futuring Panels, a collaboration between Oklahoma CareerTech’s Business, Marketing and IT Education Division and MBA Research.

The website includes images from the three panels, the purpose and overview of the project, a list of companies that participated and a link to download the report.

OAMCTE scholarship application now available

The application period for the Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career and Technology Education’s Renae Washington-Lorine DuBose Memorial Scholarships has opened.

OAMCTE provides two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to deserving minority students who plan to continue their education. The application is available now and can be downloaded from the OAMCTE website. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. April 3.

Scholarship recipients are recognized during Oklahoma Summit in August.

CareerTech events

TechCents, Feb. 4

(SolidWorks World) 3DExperience World 2020, Feb. 9

CareerTech Women in Leadership, Feb. 12

Galaxy Training, Feb. 12

DECA Career Development Conference, Feb. 18

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.

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
Last Modified on Nov 23, 2021
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