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Director's Memo 2021-09-07

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Educator Conference changed to virtual only

The CareerTech Educator Conference (formerly known as Teacher Academy) planned for Sept. 16 has been changed to a virtual only format.

Although the in-person option has been canceled, some live sessions will be included in the virtual conference. Registration will be refunded to those who had already paid for the in-person conference.

The conference is a one-day professional development opportunity designed to empower, inspire and educate CareerTech teachers. The conference will feature sessions on student engagement, grant writing, cybersecurity competitions, OK Career Guide, teacher collaboration, flipped classrooms and more.

Registration is open for the virtual conference. The cost is $10.

Tech center employees attend suicide awareness training for presenters

Oklahoma CareerTech and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse recently offered training to 60 CareerTech technology center employees in presenting the Talk Saves Lives program.

Counselors, workforce and economic development coordinators, campus directors, nursing instructors and directors, student services directors, instructional support directors, career advisers and others completed the suicide awareness training virtually. Doing so allows them to train educators at their technology centers in Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention.

Participants in the training learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide and how to keep themselves and others safe.

Northwest Tech named a Best Place to Work

Northwest Technology Center has been named to The Journal Record’s 2021 Best Places to Work list.

The tech center is one of 20 workplaces in the small/medium category, which is for businesses and organizations with 25 to 249 U.S. employees. It will be recognized with others on the list during a Nov. 4 program.

Oklahoma’s Nursing Times features Meridian Tech grad

Debbie Gordon, a Meridian Technology Center graduate and a licensed practical nurse with Companion Home Health in Guthrie, was recently featured in Oklahoma’s Nursing Times.

Gordon entered nursing in 1980 after graduating from Meridian, according to the article. She told the weekly newspaper that she enjoys working as a home health nurse because she can help patients stay in their homes as long as possible.

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