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Director's Memo 2021-04-26

Monday, April 26, 2021

CareerTech to host health care occupations panel discussion

Oklahoma CareerTech will host a virtual panel discussion on career opportunities in health care in Oklahoma at 2 p.m. April 29.

Health care leaders in Oklahoma will discuss the demand for more health care workers, new career opportunities in health care and salary expectations for these occupations. The panel will include Jane Nelson, CEO of the Oklahoma Nurses Association; Denise Webber, president and CEO of Stillwater Medical Center; and Patti Davis, president of the Oklahoma Hospital Association.

Advance CTE seeking help to modernize Career Clusters Framework

Advance CTE has launched an online portal as part of Advancing The Framework, a state-led crowdsourcing initiative focused on modernizing The National Career Clusters Framework.

The portal, which is open until May 7, will collect ideas for transforming and modernizing The Framework. Advance CTE is hoping for submissions from educators, industry professionals, learners, leaders, researchers and more from across the country.

The crowdsourcing portal is structured to gather input through a set of idea challenges that ask users to think creatively about different aspects of career exploration, preparation, organization, development and research.

Learn more on the Advancing the Framework website.

Virtual Oklahoma TSA conference includes 70-plus competitive events

Almost 600 members registered for the virtual Oklahoma Technology Student Association 2021 State Conference, which featured more than 70 competitive events, along with live workshops via Zoom.

Attendees heard from KFOR meteorologist Emily Sutton and participated in problem-solving challenges such as a meme design contest, a catapult challenge and a Minecraft character design challenge. Oklahoma TSA sponsored a Rocket League tournament as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and hosted a trivia night also.

Oklahoma TSA members also elected new state officers.

Canadian Valley Tech instructor wins national award

Canadian Valley Technology Center instructor Benton Shriver recently won a National Science Teaching Association award.

Shriver, who teaches anatomy and physiology at Canadian Valley’s Cowan Campus, received a Vernier Software and Technology Award.

For more information about the awards, visit the NSTA website.

Metro Tech adds lab for first responders

A new lab at Metro Technology Centers is providing additional training to first responders.

The technology center announced earlier this month that it has received approval for a cadaver lab for first responder training. More than 40 first responders have already practiced lifesaving skills in the lab at Metro Tech’s Springlake Campus.

It is the first Oklahoma technology center to house a human cadaver lab program. Metro Tech partnered with the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine and its Willed Body Program to host classes.

“21 century skills are created when partnerships come together serving a larger purpose. This is a great example of how we are helping our students and first responders in our state get real life training,” said Aaron Collins, superintendent and CEO.

Read more on Metro Tech’s website.

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Last Modified on Nov 15, 2021
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