Director's Memo 2021-04-19
Northwest Tech shows meat processing facility
- Pictured are, from left, JaNae Bernard, Major County economic development director; Daren Slater, NWTC superintendent; Marcie Mack, ODCTE state director; Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma secretary of agriculture; Steve Kliewer, NWTC-Fairview business and industry services director; John Patzkowsky, instructor; Max McKnight, ODCTE educational partnerships and customized services manager; and Colt Shaw, NWTC-Fairview assistant superintendent.
Oklahoma CareerTech and ODAFF have been working together to create meat processing training programs in the state. The partnership provided Northwest Tech with online curriculum and funds to buy equipment for hands-on meat processing classes.
“The equipment provided by ODCTE will work in conjunction with the mobile meat processing lab which will allow us to provide in person classes,” said Daren Slater, NWTC superintendent.
Pictured are, from left, JaNae Bernard, Major County economic development director; Daren Slater, NWTC superintendent; Marcie Mack, ODCTE state director; Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma secretary of agriculture; Steve Kliewer, NWTC-Fairview business and industry services director; John Patzkowsky, instructor; Max McKnight, ODCTE educational partnerships and customized services manager; and Colt Shaw, NWTC-Fairview assistant superintendent.
Kiamichi Tech opens Center for Workforce Advancement
Kiamichi Technology Centers held a grand opening celebration last week for its Center for Workforce Advancement in Durant.
The center will serve as the premier workforce training center for Bryan County and the surrounding communities.
Learn more on Kiamichi Tech’s Facebook page.
Edward Hilliary Jr. joins Oklahoma CareerTech Board
Edward Hilliary Jr. is the newest appointee to the Oklahoma CareerTech Board of Education.
The Oklahoma native is the managing partner of Hilliary Communications, the trade name for five regulated telephone companies and three broadband companies in Oklahoma and Texas, with operations in 22 counties.
Hilliary will serve a six-year term ending April 1, 2027.
Read more on the CareerTech website.
CareerTech Horizon podcast examines meat processing
The Oklahoma CareerTech Horizon podcast takes a look at last year’s meat shortage and how entities across the state are working together to train meat processors to prevent another shortage.
The podcast will include looks at lawmakers’ work to expand processing capacity; a partnership between CareerTech and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; high schools and tech centers adding meat processing to their programs; the new Mobile Meat Processing Lab; and a new Oklahoma-certified beef standard.
Virtual OEIP event focuses on BMITE partnerships
The Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships event this month will focus on business, marketing and information technology education’s partnerships with Dell Technologies and CyberPatriot.
The event will include professionals who will share their industry experiences with Dell, Business Professionals of America and CyberPatriot.
It will be from 11 a.m. to noon April 27.
CareerTech helps draw wind company to Lawton
Carter Wind Turbines, a subsidiary of Carter Wind Energy, is planning a facility in Lawton to assemble wind turbines.
The facility will add 300 jobs over the next five years. Carter Wind Energy President and CEO Matt Carter said Great Plains Technology Center was a factor in the decision to open a facility in Lawton, according to The Lawton Constitution.
The facility will specialize in turbines for use in remote areas. The company plans to start hiring this summer, according to the article.
Read more on The Lawton Constitution’s website.
Retiring Central High ag teacher leaves lasting impact
Students and former students of retiring Central High agricultural education instructor R.J. Curry talked recently to KSWO 7News in Lawton about his impact on their lives.
Curry has taught at Central High for 42 years and will retire in May. Former students credited him with helping them develop skills that led to careers in engineering and education. When he announced his retirement, the Central High township wanted to ensure his contributions were recognized, according to the news story.
Read more and watch the video on the KSWO 7News website.
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