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Director's Memo 2021-02-01

Monday, February 01, 2021

February is Career and Technical Education Appreciation Month

During a year of pandemic changes, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education kept its focus on helping Oklahomans succeed while adding new programs in response to new needs.

The Oklahoma CareerTech System is celebrating CareerTech Education Month in February. Gov. Kevin Stitt recently issued a proclamation declaring this month as Career and Technical Education Appreciation Month in Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma CareerTech continues to deliver high quality education despite the pandemic. We remain laser-focused on the multiple career paths for students and meeting the workforce needs of businesses and industries in the state,” said ODCTE State Director Marcie Mack. “The work of Oklahoma CareerTech across the state provides meaningful results for Oklahoma’s economy.”

Read more about how Oklahoma CareerTech expanded its programs in response to the pandemic on the CareerTech website.

Marlow FFA showcases new meat processing lab

Marlow Public Schools FFA members showed off their new meat processing lab to state leaders last week.

The school district is one of 11 in Oklahoma to receive a grant to be a part of an Oklahoma CareerTech and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry pilot program to teach meat processing skills. The grant uses CARES Act money through the partnership between ODCTE and ODAFF.

Both The Marlow Review and KSWO in Lawton highlight the tour of the Marlow lab.

SREB newsletter highlights Oklahoma CareerTech

The Southern Regional Education Board’s Promising Practices Newsletter talked to Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack about how Oklahoma is helping educators and employers deliver work-based learning virtually.

Efforts highlighted include, videos on ODCTE’s YouTube channel, virtual educator-industry partnerships and bimonthly industry panels.

Applications open for lottery grants, scholarships

Applications are open for Oklahoma CareerTech lottery grants and scholarships.

ODCTE receives almost 5 percent of the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund, which it uses to help CareerTech programs in K-12 schools and technology centers upgrade equipment and to provide scholarships to educators to continue their own education to fulfill CareerTech teacher certification and credential requirements.

The deadline for submitting grant applications is March 2. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is Feb. 10.

Indian Capital Tech plans new campus

Indian Capital Technology Center is planning a new campus in Coweta. ICTC Superintendent Tony Pivec spoke earlier this month to Coweta City Council members about the plan.

The five-building campus will be built on the east side of Coweta, according to the Wagoner County American-Tribune.

Read more about the planned campus on the Wagoner County American-Tribune’s website.

Francis Tuttle Tech develops Entrepreneurship Academy

With a planned August launch, Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Entrepreneurship Academy is designed to cultivate students’ entrepreneurial skills.

Academy students will develop ideas to build businesses and work together to find solutions to problems. The academy will be located on the tech center’s new Danforth Campus in Edmond.

Read more about the Entrepreneurship Academy on The Journal Record’s website.

Useful links

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OklahomaCareerTech and on Instagram at oklahomacareertech and read our blog, Oklahoma CareerTech Delivers. Find our podcast at

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. -- George Washington Carver
Last Modified on May 15, 2023
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