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Director's Memo 2021-09-20

Monday, September 20, 2021

CareerTech offers funds for rural STEM program recruitment

Oklahoma CareerTech is accepting proposals from schools and technology centers serving rural populations for grant money to recruit students into STEM programs.

Oklahoma is one of five states that received a Strategies for Attracting Students to High Quality Career Technical Education grant of $20,000 from Advance CTE. The grant’s objectives are to support innovative recruitment strategies; increase awareness of and interest in high quality CTE programs; and identify and develop strategies to close access and equity gaps for families historically marginalized from participation in CTE programs.

“Oklahoma CareerTech offers students the opportunity to explore careers they can be passionate about,” said Kylie Moulton, communications and marketing coordinator at ODCTE. “This grant will help rural schools bring awareness to the diverse programs offered to students through CareerTech with funds and marketing materials that may not be available otherwise.”

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

OKC Corrections Center culinary arts students graduate

The first class of 10 students from Oklahoma City Community Corrections Centers recently graduated from a new culinary arts program that is a partnership among the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Department of Corrections and TEEM.

Ten women from the Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center completed the eight-week class, learning culinary techniques through class work and hands-on food preparation. They also helped volunteers at the Regional Food Bank prepare more than 80,000 meals for distribution through a network of more than 1,300 community-based partner agencies and schools in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma.

Staff members of the program’s sponsors will help the women find employment when they are released back into the community.

Great Plains Tech celebrates 50th anniversary

Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday.

The campus opened to the public on Sept. 18, 1971, as Great Plains Vocational Technical Center with one building. In 2000, it became Great Plains Technology Center, and it now has 10 buildings offering programs for high school students, adults and industries.

Friday’s celebration included demonstrations, displays and a rededication ceremony in the Worley Seminar Center, named for the technology center’s first superintendent.

Read more about the events on The Lawton Constitution’s website.

CareerTech powers state’s economy

Oklahoma CareerTech touches and improves the lives of Oklahomans in many ways. Through more than 426,000 enrollments, the CareerTech System provides education and training for individuals and companies in myriad specialized and customized opportunities.

One of the strengths of our CareerTech System is its accessibility and flexibility. Students in grades six through 12 can receive hands-on learning while exploring career paths. More than 116,000 Oklahoma students took advantage of this opportunity in fiscal year 2021. Young people get to see firsthand how their passions can fuel education and training for careers.

Read more in State Director Marcie Mack’s column on The Journal Record’s website.

Bixby High School FFA highlighted on KJRH-TV

Bixby High School FFA members, along with adviser Dea Nettles and principal Terry Adams, recently talked to KJRH-TV, Tulsa’s channel 2, about how the CareerTech student organization makes a difference in students’ lives.

FFA prepares students for their futures, regardless of what careers they pursue, Nettles told the news channel.

Read more on the KJRH website.

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Last Modified on May 15, 2023
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