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Director's Memo 2020-08-03

Monday, August 03, 2020

CareerTech System employees honored during virtual Oklahoma Summit

More than 4,000 CareerTech instructors, counselors, administrators and staff members from technology centers, pre-K-12th grade schools and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education participated in the 53rd annual Oklahoma Summit, held virtually Aug. 4-5 in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.

They had the opportunity to choose from 36 professional development sessions, all of which were recorded for later viewing also. Tony Brigmon of Southwest Airlines spoke in the general session about transforming organizational cultures and engaging employees.

The CareerTech System also honored the Oklahoma CareerTech Teacher of the Year, the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, the Outstanding New Teacher and the Support Staff Member of the Year, all of whom received a monetary award from Express Employment Professionals. Other award winners were also recognized, including recipients of the Francis Tuttle and Arch Alexander awards.

For a list of award winners, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

Article highlights CV Tech’s 50th anniversary

Canadian Valley Technology Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. An article in the Chickasha Express-Star focuses on the tech center’s journey from 1970 to today.

CareerTech System featured on radio show

State Director Marcie Mack recently talked to Gwin Faulconer-Lippert on KTOK 1000 AM about how Oklahoma CareerTech is gearing up to safely help students return to classes this fall, along with discussing CareerTech curriculum and training options and how the system helps incarcerated people re-enter the workforce.

Corrections Center CDL students graduate

The first class of five students from Union City Community Corrections Centers graduated from a new truck driver training program that is a partnership among the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Central Technology Center and the Department of Corrections.

The Department of Corrections provided the pool of applicants and student transportation, Central Tech provided the instructor and trucks and ODCTE coordinated the class and student job placement. The classes were held at the Canadian County Fairgrounds. This is an exceptional partnership that provides a solution to a workforce need as well as providing employment opportunities to individuals upon release from DOC custody.

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