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Director's Memo 2021-10-25

Monday, October 25, 2021

Virtual OEIP event focuses on automotive careers

The Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships event this month will focus on careers in the automotive industry.

Oklahoma CareerTech is partnering with automotive industry experts to give educators a bird’s eye view of the automotive industry. The session will include speakers from Oklahoma CareerTech’s Trade and Industrial Education Division and Fowler Automotive Group.

It will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 27.


CareerTech Champion: Branson Brewer -- High Plains Technology Center and DECA

THEN: A marketing class offered through his high school was all it took to send Branson Brewer down his career path. Brewer enrolled in the marketing program at High Plains Technology Center, and that’s where he discovered his passion.

At High Plains, Brewer gained a number of skills he uses in his career, including

  • Public speaking.
  • Marketing.
  • Investing.
  • Filming and video editing.

He was president of his school’s DECA chapter (the CareerTech leadership organization for students in marketing, finance, hospitality and management) and received his marketing assistant certification from High Plains.

“These skills have helped me be a better communicator, be more social and have better working relationships,” he said.

Brewer said networking was the best part of his CareerTech experience, meeting great friends and mentors who made a positive, lifelong impact.

His marketing education didn’t end with his high school diploma from Woodward High. He is working toward his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in marketing at Northwest Oklahoma State University.

NOW: Brewer uses the skills he gained in marketing and DECA every day, both as a hobby and in his career. The on-air radio personality and account executive at Classic Communications Inc. discusses advertising plans with prospective clients and uses his skills to market and promote local businesses. He also creates videos for the radio station’s online live sports stream.

Away from work, Brewer applies his love of photography and videography to making vacation videos that allow him to capture lasting memories of his leisure time.

“CareerTech is an affordable way to learn real life skills that will help you for years to come,” he said.

Metro Tech wins ethics award for third year

Metro Technology Centers has received the Community Impact Award for the Education division from the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium for the third consecutive year.

The technology center was recognized recently in a virtual awards ceremony.

Read more on The Oklahoman’s website.


Autry Tech looking into pipeline material program

Autry Technology Center is considering starting a program for a pipe material fusion process for oil and gas companies, Superintendent and CEO Dwight Hughes told the Enid Rotary Club recently.

Central Technology Center’s Sapulpa campus offers a program in poly-fusion, which more oil and gas companies are starting to use in their pipelines, Hughes said.

He told the Rotarians that Autry is seeking to respond to industry demand in its programs and has launched several new manufacturing programs in its new eastern addition.

Read more on the Enid News & Eagle’s website.


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