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Director's Memo 2021-02-08

Monday, February 08, 2021

Oklahoma Masons donate $200,000 in scholarships for nurse refresher course

Nurses who want to return to work through Oklahoma’s nurse refresher course can now get assistance, thanks to a donation from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma.

The foundation has donated $200,000, which translates into 100 scholarships of $2,000 each -- the cost of the revised nurse refresher program. Applications for the scholarships will open Feb. 10.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to do something we all desperately need,” said John Logan, MCFO executive director. “We thought it sounded like a wonderful program.”

“We are very thankful and grateful for the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma’s donation,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director. “The $200,000 donation will make a great difference in the lives of nurses wanting to return to work and in the lives of the patients they will be caring for.”

Read more on the CareerTech website.

Virtual OEIP event to highlight working with businesses in a virtual format

In the February Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships virtual event, Kiamichi Technology Centers Career Specialist Kris Williams will talk about how she brings industry and job shadowing to the classroom using Zoom.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 23. Registration is open now.

CareerTech Horizon opens second season with look at agriculture

Oklahoma CareerTech Horizon’s first podcast of its second season focuses on challenges faced by Oklahoma agriculture and new opportunities for people to get involved in it.

The podcast includes interviews with Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma agriculture secretary; John Patrick Lopez of Lopez Foods; Cynda Clary of Oklahoma State University; Scott Nemecek of CareerTech; and Nikki Snider of the Oklahoma Pork Council.

High Plains Tech Center names new superintendent

The High Plains Technology Center Board of Education voted unanimously Feb. 1 to hire Barclay Holt as the district’s new superintendent beginning July 1.

Holt is serving as assistant superintendent at High Plains.

“I’m excited for HPTC in the unanimous decision to promote Barclay Holt to his new leadership role as superintendent. I am confident in his ability to continue the positive impact and growth of our youth and communities that HPTC strives to achieve,” said Lonnie Baggs, HPTC Board president.

Read more on the High Plains website.

Oklahoma News Report spotlights Great Plains Tech culinary program

Great Plains Technology Center’s culinary arts program was recently featured on OETA’s Oklahoma News Report.

The segment showed the program’s expanded facility, which opened recently, and talked to students and instructors.

Watch the segment on ONR’s YouTube channel.

State FCCLA adviser honored on Tulsa’s News on 6

Brittani Phillips, the state adviser for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, was recently named an Amazing Oklahoman by News on 6 in Tulsa.

FCCLA is the CareerTech student organization affiliated with family and consumer sciences education.

Watch on the News on 6 website.

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