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Director's Memo 2021-08-09

Monday, August 09, 2021

CareerTech System represented on “50 Making a Difference” list

Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack was named to The Journal Record’s “50 Making a Difference” list, along with two other CareerTech System educators.

Also on the list are Cindy Friedemann, Metro Technology Centers, and Karla Marshall, Moore Norman Technology Center. Friedemann will also be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, an honor for those selected for the third time.

One honoree will be named the 2021 Woman of the Year at an event Oct. 14. Read more about the event and the honorees on The Journal Record website.

Oklahoma CareerTech celebrates educators’ perseverance

Oklahoma CareerTech’s 54th annual conference celebrated educators’ perseverance, said State Director Marcie Mack.

The Oklahoma Summit is a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. It provides professional development opportunities for CareerTech educators, administrators, school board members, support staff members and business partners.

Mack thanked Oklahoma CareerTech System employees for their commitment to continuing their work to educate Oklahomans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The challenges you faced were unprecedented,” she said. “We could not have imagined the surmounting circumstances that would reconfigure our lives and that of our schools and classrooms. But your passion and dedication to educating students and meeting the companies’ needs in your community prevailed, and our system continued to progress amid these trying times.

“This event is a celebration of your perseverance in navigating the shifting landscape and reinforcing why Oklahoma CareerTech is the best in the nation.”

Read more and see a list of award winners on the CareerTech website.

Culinary program returns to Autry Tech

Autry Technology Center’s culinary program is returning after three years at just the right time, instructors told the Enid News and Eagle.

Instructors told the newspaper that more people are dining out again, but many food service workers left the industry during the pandemic, leaving a worker shortage.

Autry’s program was on hold for three years while the kitchen and an adjoining cafeteria were being built. It has two half-day sections of 18 students each, and the program is full.

Read more on the News and Eagle website.

Southern Tech plans A&P program

Southern Technology Center is developing an airframe and powerplant technician program with the assistance of King Aerospace, which has a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Ardmore.

The technology center is using a $4 million CARES Act grant to build the training facility.

Read more at AIN Online.

Meridian Tech student participates in global health care training program

Emma Mohler, a health careers student at Meridian Technology Center, spent two weeks this summer in the Dominican Republic in the Global Pre-Meds health care training program.

While being mentored by a doctor at a hospital in the country, she observed surgical procedures and also did volunteer work in the community.

Mohler said she learned about the program through HOSA.

Read more on Meridian’s website.

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