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Director's Memo 2020-05-11

Monday, May 11, 2020

Oklahoma FFA celebrates online

Oklahoma FFA celebrated its year with a virtual awards ceremony Wednesday.

“Although we would rather have had an in-person event, the first ever virtual awards ceremony was a success, with 7,000 views on YouTube,” said Trevor Lucas, Oklahoma FFA executive secretary.

Those watching heard from a National FFA officer, the state adviser and the retiring president. Awards included Career Passports, Area Star winners, Proficiency winners, state secretary and reporter book winners and State FFA Degrees. The 2020-21 state officer team was also announced.

PLTW recognizes Oklahoma schools, tech centers

Several Oklahoma schools and technology centers have received recognition from Project Lead The Way.

The PLTW recognition program is designed to honor districts and schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. These districts and schools are empowering students to thrive in an evolving world and have achieved exemplary results from their PLTW programs.

Bartlesville Public Schools was named a Distinguished District.

Six Oklahoma schools were named Distinguished School Gateway:

  • Guthrie Junior High School.
  • Antlers Middle School (Obuch).
  • Piedmont Middle School.
  • Stigler Middle School.
  • Union 6th/7th Grade Center.
  • Edmond Central Middle School.

Nine Oklahoma technology centers were named Distinguished School High School:

  • Caddo Kiowa Technology Center.
  • Francis Tuttle Biosciences and Medicine Academy.
  • Gordon Cooper Technology Center.
  • Kiamichi Technology Center-Idabel.
  • Metro Tech STEM Academy.
  • Mid America Technology Center.
  • Tri County Technology Center.
  • Wes Watkins Technology Center.
  • Western Technology Center Burns Flat Campus.

OAMCTE Discovering Futures . . . Building Foundations! 2019-20 Essay Contest winners named

The Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career and Technology Education awarded 2019-20 essay contest prizes to three Oklahoma career and technology education junior high or high school students.

David Reynaldo Fuentez, a Canadian Valley Technology Center and Piedmont High School student, placed first and received $250. Deisy Nunez, a Metro Technology Centers and ASTEC Charter High School student, placed second and received $175. Iceis Wiley, a Tulsa Technology Center and Booker T. Washington High School student, placed third and received $100.

The students submitted essays revolving around the theme, “Why I Choose Career and Technology Center as Part of My Career Pathway,” said Cynthia Vick of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. She served as the chairperson of the OAMCTE Essay Contest committee.

“Our committee received several outstanding submissions,” she said. “Narrowing down the winners was very difficult for our selection committee.”

She added that she was impressed that many of the students realized how CareerTech education can help them further their education and succeed in the professional world.

“Several students said they could use these skills to help pay their way through college,” Vick said. “Many of the students said they decided to attend a technology center so they could learn a marketable skill that they could use after high school and help pay their way through college. That is the message that OAMCTE is trying to convey.

The Frontier article discusses education in prisons

An article by Ben Felder in The Frontier discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic and prison lockdowns have suspended education programs in prisons, including CareerTech Skills Centers programs.

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