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Director's Memo 2022-1-18

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Virtual OEIP links technology and teaching

The Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships event this month will focus on linking technology and teaching using learning devices and physical computing.

The virtual event will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 25.

Oklahoma CareerTech will partner with Fair Chance Learning to present the event. It will include a virtual Amazon logistics tour.




Moore Norman Tech cuts ribbon for CDL pad

Moore Norman Technology Center recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new commercial driver’s license pad, which will give students space to practice driving skills.

“It was an honor to be present for another great example of Oklahoma CareerTech meeting the needs of workforce,” said Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack.

The new pad will allow students to make complete turnarounds without impeding traffic, according to an article in The Norman Transcript. MNTC’s program includes CDL permit test preparation, driver improvement training, school bus driver training and a driving simulator.

Read more on The Norman Transcript’s website.


Autry Tech to open Cafe Blú

Autry Technology Center, which reopened its culinary arts program in August, will open Cafe Blú to the public on Feb. 2.

“We are excited to share Cafe Blú with our district communities,” said Autry Tech Superintendent/CEO Dwight Hughes. “It truly is a one-of-a-kind facility that allows our students to gain the skills and real-world experience they need to succeed professionally in the industry!”

Autry Tech put its culinary arts program on hold for three years for renovations.

Read more on Autry Tech’s website.


CareerTech Champion: Taylor Frech - High Plains Technology Center and DECA

Taylor Frech didn't feel like her local high school was enough of a challenge, so she decided to try something new. She said she didn't even know what DECA was when she signed up to join, but she soon discovered it was exactly what she needed. Frech said the CareerTech organization for students in marketing, finance, hospitality and management provided her the challenge she had been missing.

She served as state officer for two years and said the lifelong friends she made through DECA were just bonuses on top of the other benefits she garnered. She gained insight into the day-to-day operations of multiple businesses, learned how to work as part of a team, and developed effective communication skills.

Frech took marketing as an elective at High Plains Technology Center, and she attended the tech center three hours a day.

“I began to fall in love with coming to school each day,” she said, “and I found ways to challenge myself through the marketing program and DECA.”After high school, Frech received a bachelor’s degree in restaurant, hotel and institutional management. She's now revenue manager for Hilton’s corporate office and vice president of Hilton’s service organization, Hilton Helping Hands. Frech said she uses the skills she gained from CareerTech every day, both professionally and personally.

“I felt as though CareerTech had enabled me with years of experience that others my age did not have,” she said. “It prepared me to take on each challenge and opportunity head-on.”


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