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Director's Memo 2021-04-12

Monday, April 12, 2021

CareerTech to develop film industry training programs

Oklahoma CareerTech and the Film Education Institute of Oklahoma are working together to promote the state’s film industry.

The two entities recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together and with other industry partners to provide training and curriculum to meet the film industry’s employment demands in Oklahoma.

“This partnership is another example of how Oklahoma CareerTech is helping overcome the skills gap facing Oklahoma industries,” said Marcie Mack, CareerTech state director. “We are excited to add these training programs to our repertoire.”

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

Thousands attend FCCLA State Convention in person and virtually

More than 2,000 Oklahoma Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the 75th annual FCCLA State Convention in person, and thousands more participated virtually.

Oklahoma FCCLA held the event April 1 in the new Oklahoma City Convention Center. Oklahoma FCCLA was the first student organization to hold an event at the new facilities.

Many chapters attending virtually held watch parties. Students heard from outstanding keynote speakers and presenters, including opening session keynote speaker Kyle Scheele. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack gave greetings during the sessions.

Competitors were recognized for their state competitions and first through third place competitors were recognized; National Leadership Conference qualifiers were also notified of their achievements. Chapters were recognized for membership awards including Star Chapters and the largest FCCLA chapter in the state (Midwest City High School).

FCCLA members elected the 2021-22 State Executive Council at the conclusion of the day.

Scholarships still available for nurse refresher course

Almost half of the nurse refresher course scholarships funded by the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma are still available to nurses who want to return to the field or enter it for the first time.

Each $2,000 scholarship will pay for the course for a nurse who does not have an active license but who wants to return to work or who never took the board exams.

The statewide nurse refresher course is part of a partnership between the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Ten Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers offer the course.

As of Monday, 56 scholarships had been awarded and 44 were still available, said Lara Morris, Oklahoma CareerTech health careers education state program manager.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

Driver’s license tests available across CareerTech System

The Oklahoma CareerTech Testing Center, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, is now offering Class D written driver’s license and motorcycle license tests throughout its network of test sites.

CTTC and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety entered an agreement earlier this year to offer the tests through CTTC’s network of test facilities. The partnership began with a pilot phase at Moore Norman Technology Center. The pilot phase ended in March.

“The final phase of the project will be to use our existing infrastructure of 44 test sites in technology centers across the state to provide easier access to those who need to take the written exams,” said Jennifer Palacio, CTTC assessment manager.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

Virtual job fair draws more than 1,500 people, 172 employers

More than 1,500 students and graduates participated in nearly 800 one-on-one or group meetings during Oklahoma CareerTech’s first ever statewide virtual job fair last week.

CareerTech sponsored the virtual job fair on April 7 in an effort to connect students and alumni with industry partners to explore new economic opportunities.

The event featured 172 employers representing 23 different industries covering the entire state. Both small local businesses and multinational corporations joined to offer job opportunities ranging from cybersecurity to CNC machining, cosmetology to licensed practical nursing, early childhood educators to marketing professionals, and everything in-between.

CareerTech hopes to provide industry specific job fairs in the future to help meet the demands of Oklahoma’s driving economic systems and high-demand occupations.

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