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Director's Memo 2021-03-01

Monday, March 01, 2021

School counselors gather virtually for annual conference

Oklahoma school counselors will gather virtually March 9-10 to connect with each other and develop their knowledge and skills during the 17th annual For Counselors Only Conference.

More than 600 counselors from technology centers and prekindergarten-12th grade schools are expected to attend the free virtual conference, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The conference will have 45 breakout sessions and an opening and closing speaker. It will include live sessions during the two days, along with prerecorded and on-demand sessions available for participants to view at any time.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

Pontotoc Tech helps with vaccination event

Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada recently partnered with The Clinic to provide a location for a COVID-19 vaccine event.

In addition to providing a location, Pontotoc Tech also provided assistance. The technology center’s practical nursing and health science students helped delivery more than 400 vaccinations.

Central Tech opens doors for more industry training

Central Technology Center has expanded industry training.

At its Drumright campus, the tech center installed an excavation simulator through a grant from TC Energy. The new training area allows employees of companies in the district to learn to locate lines prior to excavation and lets them conduct an excavation using their own equipment, said Mark Cotner, Central Tech business and industry services director.

At its Sapulpa campus, Central Tech has renovated and expanded its Business and Industry Training Building, which will now be able to house machine tool, welding, industrial maintenance and safety training.

Read more on Central Tech’s website.

Meridian Tech receives grant to train workers for film and TV

Meridian Technology Center, the Guthrie Chamber of Commerce and the city of Guthrie have received a collaborative grant of $100,000 from the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development.

The three entities will use the funds to plan and launch training programs for the local film and television industry workforce through Meridian Tech’s new South Division Campus in Guthrie.

Tri County Tech to lead Oklahoma Quality Foundation

The Oklahoma Quality Foundation has announced Tri County Technology Center as the nonprofit organization’s new executive leadership.

The Oklahoma Quality Foundation is affiliated with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its primary purpose is economic development.

Tri County Tech is a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.

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