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Director's Memo 2021-10-18

Monday, October 18, 2021

Pontotoc Tech hosts film camp

Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada will host the Film Education Institute of Oklahoma’s next film industry mini camp.

The free camp will be Oct. 27 at Pontotoc Tech. Those attending can choose a morning or an afternoon session.

The mini camp is designed to give participants an overview of opportunities in the Oklahoma film industry. Registration is limited.



CareerTech helps with emergency response exercise

Oklahoma CareerTech provided an airplane for an emergency response exercise at Will Rogers World Airport last week.

The Will Rogers Fire Station, Oklahoma City Fire Department and EMSA conducted the exercise to train emergency responders without putting passengers, crew or planes in danger. They used an MD-80 that CareerTech received from American Airlines in 2020.

They used training dummies on and around the plan and used a smoke machine to pump smoke inside the plane. Firefighters rescued the dummies inside the plane and also put out a simulated ground fire next to the plane.

The plane, nicknamed Zelda, is housed at Metro Technology Centers Aviation Campus on the grounds of Will Rogers World Airport. Metro Tech staff members prepped the MD-80 for the trip to the terminal about a mile from the campus and got it ready for students again once it was returned.

Oklahoma CareerTech also filmed the operation for its upcoming videos about aerospace in Oklahoma.


CareerTech supports entrepreneurs in Oklahoma

Oklahoma CareerTech’s 15 certified business incubators located within 10 technology center districts are strategically located around the state to provide an avenue for individuals to cultivate ideas, while also providing economic vitality to their communities.

Each incubator has undergone a thorough review and certification by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to ensure it meets certain standards of excellence.

According to the National Business Incubation Association, 80% of businesses that begin in an incubator succeed. By providing affordable lease space and a wide array of on-site managerial, administrative and financial services, our incubators help entrepreneurs and small business owners overcome the challenges they face in the marketplace.

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


High Plains student wins Duke Energy scholarship

Kristopher Tinoco, a wind tech student at High Plains Technology Center, has been selected to receive a scholarship from Duke Energy Foundation and AT&T.

Earlier this year, AT&T and Duke Energy Foundation collaborated to award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in wind turbine technology at HPTC.

Tinoco talked with AT&T Chief Diversity Officer Corey Anthony and Joni Davis of Duke Energy in this video.


Meridian Tech students compete in NASA contest

Three teams of students in Meridian Technology Center’s STEM Academy were selected during the 2020-21 school year as finalists in NASA’s annual HUNCH design competition.

The competition is a national partnership between NASA and schools designed to inspire students to build cost-effective hardware and soft goods for use on the International Space Station.

The Meridian teams worked on simulated gravity virtual reality/augmented reality, an energy food bite dispenser and a trash ejector.

Instructor Debbie Short shared about what students gained from the project-based learning experience during the Southern Regional Education Board’s 2021 Making Schools Work Virtual Conference.

Read more about the teams’ projects on the SREB website and watch a video about the projects on Vimeo.


Metro Tech breaks ground on child care center

Metro Technology Centers is partnering with Sunbeam Family Services to offer child care at Metro Tech’s South Bryant Campus.

The two entities broke ground last week on the center, which will serve the southeast Oklahoma City community. Sunbeam will operate five classrooms for babies and toddlers in the center.

The center is slated to open in fall 2022.

Read more on Metro Tech’s website.


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