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Director's Memo 2020-07-20

Monday, July 20, 2020

2020 ICBS Show taking registrations

Registration is open for the 2020 ICBS Show, an annual event that offers businesses help working with state and federal government agencies. This year’s summit will be Aug. 18-20.

The networking and business opportunity event will be online via this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Registration is available at for $35 and covers all three days of the event.

Training sessions include federal regulatory and legal changes, the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and General Service Administration Federal Supply Schedules. Other topics include the Integrated Award Environment and Small Business Administration program changes, such as the Women-Owned Small Business and HUBZone programs. Business matching, connecting businesses with potential partners in government, will take place Aug. 19-20.

Read more on the CareerTech website.

CareerTech Champion: T&C Meats -- Autry Technology Center

Eldon Campbell, left, and Tyler Tate

THEN: Two backyard grill masters with an idea for a new business. Eldon Campbell and Tyler Tate thought Enid, Oklahoma, needed a place where fellow grillers could go for all their meat and grilling needs. They entered their business idea in Autry Technology Center’s Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition in 2014. It was apparently a pretty good idea, because the men won $10,500 and services from Autry Tech. 

Tate said the competition helped them prepare for the next steps in their entrepreneurship. He said the contest helped them get organized enough to:

  • Buy equipment and hire an architect.
  • Move into the Strate Center to continue to develop their business idea.
  • Develop the correct plans to provide to potential investors when they pitched their idea.
  • Buy equipment and hire an architect.
  • Move into the Strate Center to continue to develop their business idea.
  • Develop the correct plans to provide to potential investors when they pitched their idea.

NOW: Campbell and Tate are the proud owners of T&C Meats, a retail meat market in Enid. They moved into their own facility in 2017 and carry a wide variety of specialty meats, cheeses, hand-crafted sausages and bratwurst, seasonings and more. T&C makes their own snack sticks and jerky. They also provide specialized barbecue and dry-aged steaks.

“Autry Technology Center is an unbelievable resource people need to take advantage of.” -- Tyler Tate, business owner

Skyler Riggle -- Asher High School and Gordon Cooper Technology Center

Skyler Riggle wearing a dark suit with a patterned tie in shades of brown.THEN: He came from a long line of veterans and dreamed of attending the U.S. Naval Academy. Asher High School sophomore Skyler Riggle enrolled in Gordon Cooper Technology Center’s pre-engineering academy, where he had the opportunity to explore and investigate engineering careers. As well as tackling hands-on college prep activities in mathematics and science, Skyler also

  • Competed with the school’s robotics team.
  • Was chosen as one of only 300 students in the country to receive the prestigious Gates Scholarship.
  • Received a conditional offer to the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School.
  • Received the valedictorian scholarship from the University of Oklahoma.

NOW: Once he’s been officially accepted to the USNA, Skyler will have to choose between OU and USNA Preparatory School, where he would complete a 10-month course to prepare for the Naval Academy.

Skyler’s principal and counselor Shawna Magby said Skyler was not your typical high school student. 

“He’s very diligent, responsible and self-motivated,” she said.

Advance CTE announces new board leadership

Advance CTE welcomed its 2020-21 officers on July 1.

Officers include Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director, as vice president.

Sarah Heath, state CTE director, Colorado Community College System, will continue as board president for a second term. Other officers are Laura Scheibe, director of career and technical education, South Dakota Department of Education, secretary/treasurer, and Bernadette Howard, state director for career technical education, University of Hawaii, past president.

“We are grateful for our board of directors' expert counsel, time and leadership, ensuring that Advance CTE is focused on service to its members and leading the field of CTE. Working together, we will rise to the challenges before us, turning them into opportunities for growth and redoubling our efforts to ensure that equity and quality are at the heart of all the work we do,” said Kimberly Green, executive director of Advance CTE.

Learn more about the 2020-21 officers on Advance CTE’s website.

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