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Director's Memo 2021-05-17

Monday, May 17, 2021

Tri County Tech breaks ground for rescue training tower

Tri County Technology Center in Bartlesville recently broke ground for a rescue training tower that will provide live-burn training situations to rural firefighters.

Tri County Tech Superintendent and CEO Lindel Fields told Bartlesville Radio that the regional training facility will serve Tulsa, Northeast and Pioneer technology centers in addition to Tri County.

Read more on the Bartlesville Radio website.

CareerTech student chosen as 2021 Presidential Scholar

An Oklahoma CareerTech student is one of two state students chosen as 2021 Presidential Scholars.

Sean Kuehn of Sand Springs is among 161 high school seniors in the 57th Presidential Scholar class who are being recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

Kuehn is a senior at Charles Page High School. He is the national president of Technology Student Association, a former state president of the Oklahoma Technology Student Association and a national champion in Prepared Speech. TSA is a CareerTech student organization affiliated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Kuehn serves on Oklahoma CareerTech Director Marcie Mack’s Student Advisory Committee and Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Council. Earlier this year, he was one of two Oklahoma students chosen represent the state during the 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week.

New Student Services Academy set

Oklahoma CareerTech will holds its New Student Services Academy from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 19 at ODCTE’s offices in Stillwater.

The academy is for new student services and academic center staff, including resource coordinators and specialists; those serving in guidance, counseling, career development, special populations, assessment and recruitment; and job placement personnel.

Topics will include the role of student services; the history of CareerTech in Oklahoma; professional development programs; OK Career Guide and career planning for pre-K through adult; special populations; a financial aid overview; an overview of Carl Perkins and additional grant opportunities; and a CareerTech academics overview.

Tech centers help fill nurse shortages

An article in the Muskogee Phoenix highlighted Indian Capital Technology Center’s nursing programs, which help fill health care gaps in Oklahoma.

Indian Capital has a licensed practical nursing program for both high school seniors and adults. ICTC works with Connors State College so LPN students who want to do so can transition to registered nurses, said Wren Stratton, ICTC nursing transition instructor. Read more about ICTC’s work on the Muskogee Phoenix website.

Indian Capital is just one of Oklahoma CareerTech’s tech centers helping to get more nurses into the workforce. Earlier this year, Oklahoma CareerTech and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing worked to make it easier for nurses to return to work.

The nurse refresher course is for nurses who left the field and want to return and those who never took their board exams. The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma has offered $200,000 in scholarships for the course.

Read more about the nurse refresher course changes and the Masonic scholarships on Oklahoma CareerTech’s website.

MNTC employees graduate from TEAM South Class XIII

Jeanette Capshaw and Joe Ely, both of Moore Norman Technology Center, were among the graduates of TEAM South Class XIII.

Capshaw recently retired from MNTC as deputy superintendent; and Ely is the director of MNTC’s business and industry services.

TEAM South is a program of the South OKC Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is “to empower South Oklahoma City leaders with opportunities, knowledge and networks surrounding the culture, business and resources of the community,” according to the chamber’s website.

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