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Director's Memo 2020-09-21

Monday, September 21, 2020

CareerTech a part of webinars discussing pandemic responses

Oklahoma CareerTech participated in two webinars hosted by The Journal Record: one discussing the agriculture industry’s response to the pandemic and the second discussing higher education’s adjustments relating to the COVID-19 challenge.

In the agriculture webinar, CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack appeared on a panel with Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Association President Scott Blubaugh and Oklahoma Pork Council Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey.

Participants in the education panel, in addition to Mack, were Jeremy Thomas, provost and vice president for student affairs at Oklahoma City Community College, and Debbie Blanke, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Recaps of both webinars can be found on The Journal Record’s website.

Virtual OEIP to visit Meridian Tech small business incubator

Participants in the Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships virtual event this month will get an hour-long virtual tour of Meridian Technology Center’s small business incubator in Stillwater.

OEIP’s mission is to create a pipeline for partnerships among educators, counselors, administrators, partners, students, industry leaders, government policymakers and members of the economic development community.

Business incubators provide management guidance, technical assistance, consulting and more to start-up companies. The OEIP virtual session will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 22.

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ODCTE hosts blood drive Sept. 28

The Oklahoma Blood Institute will have a blood drive Sept. 28 at Oklahoma CareerTech in Stillwater.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a blood shortage in part because many places that hosted blood drives have been closed, with students doing online work and employees teleworking. In addition, OBI is seeking donations of convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat seriously ill patients.

For more information about the blood drive at CareerTech, visit the OBI website.

ODCTE featured in HVAC trade publication

Ric Russell, technical program specialist in ODCTE’s Trade and Industrial Education Division, talked to the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News about how Oklahoma CareerTech students are learning during the pandemic.

Students in heating, ventilating and air conditioning programs are learning in a hybrid model, with alternating lab days, live online training, simulations and recorded trainings, Russell told the publication. An unexpected benefit, he added, is that programs are able to increase the student population.

Schools in Georgia and Los Angeles were also featured in the story.

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