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Director's Memo 2021-04-05

Monday, April 05, 2021

Partnership provides jobs and homes for underprivileged Oklahomans

A newly formed collaboration among Oklahoma CareerTech and several state and local organizations means help is on the way once again for some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable residents.

Low-income homeowners in Oklahoma have been disproportionately affected by extreme weather events over the past few years. Since 2000, severe weather that caused significant property damage has resulted in 37 presidential emergency declarations. Many of the affected homeowners cannot afford to make the repairs needed to make their homes habitable and safe.

A nonprofit organization called Recovering Oklahomans After Disaster Inc. provides free home repairs to disaster survivors who cannot recover on their own. ROAD provides project management to oversee volunteers who make needed repairs. With the COVID-19 pandemic, those volunteer groups are unavailable. In 2020, ROAD looked outside the box to develop a different kind of volunteer labor.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

Metro Tech aviation program featured on News 9 in Oklahoma City

News 9 in Oklahoma recently featured Metro Technology Centers’ aviation program, which will graduate its newest class in April.

New classes in the 18-month program will start in June after being temporarily shut down last year because of COVID-19.

More than 739,000 jobs for aviation technicians are forecast over the next 20 years.

See more on the News 9 website.

Construction industry panel discussion video available

A video is available for those who missed the virtual panel discussion on employment opportunities in the construction industry hosted earlier this month by Oklahoma CareerTech.

Panelists, including Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn, discussed the need and earnings potential for electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, HVAC technicians and roofers.

Metro Tech instructor in ACTE Spotlight

Metro Technology Centers law enforcement instructor Amanda English, the 2021 National Association of Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year, was feature in the ACTE Spotlight in March.

English began her career with law enforcement as a 911 dispatcher while in school. After going through the police academy and receiving certification, she became a school resource officer before joining Metro Tech.

She talked to ACTE about the importance of partnerships, collaboration and connections in CareerTech education.

Indian Capital Tech student saves a life

A health careers certification student at Indian Capital Technology Center’s Tahlequah campus recently saved a man’s life in downtown Tahlequah.

According to ICTC’s Facebook page, Julia Lewis, who is a certified nurse aide, was driving when she saw a group of people trying to help a man who wasn’t breathing. She stopped and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

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