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Director's Memo 2021-10-4

Monday, October 04, 2021

CareerTech employee wins state honor


Lee Ann Gregory, payroll specialist in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, was recently named the 2021 Oklahoma Payroll Professional of the Year.

She received the honor at the 20th annual Oklahoma Payroll Conference presented by the Northeastern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City chapters of the American Payroll Association.









CareerTech celebrates Careers in Construction Month

More than 7 million people work in construction in the United States -- and more than 83,000 Oklahomans work in construction -- but the industry will need 700,000 new professionals by 2026, and Oklahoma predicts a growth of 12 percent..

Oklahoma CareerTech is working to fill that gap with construction trades training and education at its 29 technology centers and at its skills centers. The system offers education in carpentry, masonry, HVAC, plumbing, electrical work, heavy equipment operation, cabinetmaking and computer-aided design and drafting.

Oklahoma CareerTech’s construction trades programs are celebrating the national Careers in Construction Month in October, and Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a proclamation declaring that October is Careers in Construction Month in Oklahoma.

Careers in Construction Month was founded by the National Center for Construction Education and Research and Build Your Future to increase public awareness and inspire the next generation of construction craft professionals.

For more information about CareerTech’s construction trades programs, go to CareerTech’s architecture and construction career cluster page or visit your local technology center.


Four Oklahomans compete for national ACTE awards

Four individuals will represent Oklahoma CareerTech in the Association for Career and Technical Education’s 2022 national awards: Sherri Gleaves, 2020 Teacher of the Year; Matt Shannon, 2020 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year; Tammy Balliet, 2020 Carl Perkins Community Service Award winner; and Kelly Powers, 2020 Career Guidance Award winner.

The four were 2021 ACTE Region IV winners and now will compete nationally. The national winners will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala Nov. 30.

Gleaves is a broadcast and video production instructor at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Shannon is a technical trainer in Tulsa Technology Center’s business and industry services. Balliet is a medical technology teacher at Metro Technology Centers. Powers is director of counselors at Metro Tech.

ACTE Awards

ACTE Awards Gala

Autry superintendent wins award

Dwight Hughes, superintendent at Autry Technology Center in Enid, recently received the Gerald L. Paist Distinguished Service Award at the Best Practices and Innovations Conference co-hosted by NCLA and the Association for Career and Technical Education Administrative Division.

The award honors an individual who has provided extraordinary service to career technical education and NCLA and has made a significant and lasting impact on CTE through professional accomplishments and by having served in the profession for an extended period.

Hughes began as superintendent/CEO at Autry Tech July 1. He previously served as superintendent of High Plains Technology Center in Woodward.





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If you want to achieve your dreams, you must follow them, and the best way to follow them is not to think about wanting to be very rich, but to think about doing something that you really want to do. -- Jackie Collins
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