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Director's Memo 2022-1-10

Monday, January 10, 2022

CareerTech plans career advising workshop

Oklahoma CareerTech will offer a national career advising workshop for school counselors and advisers next year.

“Empowering Student Success Through Career Advising and Career Technical Education,” delivered by Advance CTE, is designed to provide school counselors and advisers the information and resources they need to connect students with opportunities aligned with their career plans. Advance CTE is a national nonprofit organization that represents state career and technology education directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE.

“After receiving the information on the workshop, we felt strongly that Oklahoma CareerTech counselors and advisers could benefit from this training as it relates to a student’s individual career academic plan,” said Shawna Nord, counseling and career development manager at Oklahoma CareerTech.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Adult education and family literacy grant applications open

Oklahoma CareerTech is accepting requests for proposals for several 2022-2026 adult education and family literacy grants.

The ODCTE Adult Basic Education Division is accepting RFPs for grants in adult education and family literacy, correctional/institutional education and integrated English literacy and civics education.

The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15. Applications must be emailed to For more information, visit the ODCTE ABE Grant Competitions webpage.


CareerTech launches second round of rural STEM program recruitment grants

Oklahoma CareerTech is again 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. Oklahoma CareerTech awarded grants of $1,000 each to 10 schools in October and is now opening the grants to 10 more schools.

Schools and technology centers that receive the grants will run a sponsored Facebook ad focused on recruiting students into science, technology, engineering and math programs such as aerospace and construction.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Francis Tuttle Tech receives funds for Project HOPE

The AT&T Foundation is giving $20,000 to Francis Tuttle Technology Center for Project HOPE, which serves students who have dropped out of high school or are in danger of dropping out.

The technology center will use the money to provide Project HOPE students with financial aid that they can use for transportation or for other obstacles that might prevent them from attending school.

Read more about the donation on The Oklahoman’s website.


Wes Watkins Tech adds truck driver training

Wes Watkins Technology Center has partnered with Central Technology Center to add a Class A commercial driver’s license program.

Wes Watkins Tech worked with several county governments and area businesses to create a satellite site for Central Tech’s program.

Read more about the partnership on The Shawnee News-Star’s website.


Canadian Valley Tech receives heat pump donation

Canadian Valley Technology Center has received donation of a 5-ton, two-stage Lennox heat pump for its El Reno Campus heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration program.

The almost $8,000 unit was donated in a customer exchange through Drabek & Hill Air Conditioning and Heating Inc.

The business’ owner, Claude Drabek is a member of the CV Tech HVAC advisory committee, and the company has hired several CV Tech HVAC graduates.

Read more about it on CV Tech’s website.


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Last Modified on Jan 10, 2022
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