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Director's Memo 2021-01-25

Monday, January 25, 2021

CareerTech to host aerospace panel discussion

Oklahoma CareerTech will host a virtual panel discussion on the latest trends and employment opportunities in aerospace at 2 p.m. Feb. 4.

The hour-long discussion will feature several aerospace experts, including Wade Wolfe, vice director of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex; Ryan Goertzen, vice president of workforce development at AAR Corp.; and Chase Beasley, government affairs specialist at American Airlines.

Virtual OEIP event to highlight manufacturing

The Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships event this month will highlight careers in manufacturing.

The event will include a virtual tour of HE&M Saw with President and CEO Doug Harris. Participants will be able to see the process of engineering and fabricating saws, learn about job opportunities and the skills applicants need and discover the challenges the company faces with workforce involvement and engagement.

Tri County Tech superintendent to retire

Lindel Fields
Lindel Fields
Tri County Technology Superintendent and CEO Lindel Fields announced that he will retire June 30, 2021, after 30 years in education.

Fields began his career in the CareerTech System as a horticulture instructor at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in 1991. He became director of instruction, supervising correctional facility training programs across Oklahoma, in 1994 before becoming assistant director at Central Technology Center in Drumright in 1998. He moved to Tri County Tech as assistant superintendent in 1999 and then served as deputy superintendent before being named superintendent and CEO in 2009.

Read more about Fields and Tri County Tech under his leadership on the technology center’s website.

CareerTech nursing students help with COVID-19 vaccines and testing

According to the CDC, stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. In Oklahoma, one valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19 is the state’s Career and Technology Education System.

When the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced it would open up additional appointments for the nearly 50,000 doses it planned to administer in the next week, advanced nursing students in at least seven of the state’s 29 technology center districts answered the call for help. These tech center students will serve in a number of roles in their local communities, including immunizing, testing and assisting with the vaccination efforts.

Read more on the CareerTech website.

Tulsa Tech Owasso Campus in the news for partnership with nonprofit

Tulsa Technology Center’s Owasso Campus has hired employees from A New Leaf to clean and sanitize areas of the campus to fight COVID-19.

A New Leaf is a nonprofit that provides vocational and residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Campus Director Leslie Clark told the Owasso Reporter that the program has been a success and that the employees are “the frontlines to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Read more about the partnership on the Owasso Reporter’s website.

Meridian Tech students get work boots from Home Builders Association

The North Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association recently provided boots to Meridian Technology Students.

Each first-year construction trades student received a new pair of work boots from Atwoods Home & Ranch as part of the association’s Boots on the Ground program.

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The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. -- Elbert Hubbard
Last Modified on Nov 15, 2021
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