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Director's Memo 2021-06-07

Monday, June 07, 2021

Gordon Cooper Tech names new superintendent

Gordon Cooper Technology Center Superintendent and CEO Julie McCormickThe Gordon Cooper Technology Center Board of Education selected Julie McCormick to be the school’s next superintendent.

McCormick comes to Gordon Cooper Technology Center from Canadian Valley Technology Center where she served most recently as campus director for the school’s El Reno campus.

“I am honored to become a part of Gordon Cooper Technology Center as the superintendent/CEO,” McCormick said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the staff and to represent the communities that Gordon Cooper serves.”

Read more on the GCTC website.

CareerTech celebrates 50 years of inmate training

More than 50 years ago, Oklahoma Sen. Jim E. Hamilton authored legislation to establish training for inmates through CareerTech in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. In 1971, the first inmates arrived at a facility in Hodgen, operated as a subunit of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester. It was the first inmate training facility in the United States offering vocational-technical training by a state CareerTech system.

In 1998, the Board of Corrections approved renaming the facility to the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center. Since then, CareerTech’s Skills Centers Division has grown to encompass multiple programs in correctional facilities statewide, including juvenile facilities. The statewide school system is dedicated to equipping students with skills necessary to obtain employment upon release.

Read more in CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack’s guest column in The Journal Record.

Hospitality industry job fair set at Moore Norman Tech

A free hospitality industry job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 at Moore Norman Technology Center’s South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Jobs available will include positions in hotel guest services, waitstaff, culinary, housekeeping, attractions, maintenance, operations and management. It is open to the public and free to attend. No registration is required for job applicants.

Read more on MNTC's website.

CTSO officers attend CareerTech University

CareerTech student organization officers hold up their CTSO signs at Camp Tulakogee during CareerTech University.

Oklahoma CareerTech student organization state officers attended CareerTech University at Camp Tulakogee in Wagoner, Oklahoma, last week. Officers from all seven co-curricular CTSOs attended the conference, where they learned about goal-setting, time management, teamwork and presentation skills.

At CTU each year, officers participate in training sessions and group activities to help them lead their organizations. They also learn more about the Oklahoma CareerTech System during the event. CTU provides the student leaders an opportunity to come together and share ideas about how they can best represent the CareerTech System as a whole.

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