Director's Memo 2022-1-24
CareerTech state director accepts new workforce development position
Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack announced today that she has accepted a position as manager of talent development with MidAmerica Industrial Park.
The State Board of Career and Technology Education will consider her resignation, with an effective date of March 1, at its meeting Feb. 17. The board will also consider the appointment of an interim director at that time, Mack said.
“It has been an honor to serve as the state director of Oklahoma CareerTech,” she said. “I have been afforded the opportunity to work with amazing staff, students, educators and business leaders across the state. The part I cherish the most is the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students and the success of Oklahoma businesses.
“I have been blessed to be a part of the best workforce development system for Oklahomans. The vital work of Oklahoma CareerTech makes a difference for the state, not only for today’s workforce but for generations to come.”
Read more on Oklahoma CareerTech’s website.
CareerTech adult basic education team seeks grant reviewers
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education adult basic education team is seeking grant reviewers for the 2022-2026 Adult Education and Family Literacy grant competitions.
Grant readers will review request for proposal applications for three grants. Applicants who apply for these grants are competing for state and federal funding through WIOA Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. The grant proposals are currently being developed, and funds will be awarded on July 1.
Eligible proposals will be evaluated using a rubric. A review panel will review and score each application using a rubric and consistent review procedures ensuring an equitable review process.
Grant reading is scheduled for the weeks of Feb. 28-March 4 or March 7-11 in Oklahoma City or Tulsa. They may be virtual or in-person. Grant reader applications are due by 11:59 a.m. Jan. 24.
Kiamichi Tech campus director elected to ACTE office
Michael Culwell, campus director at Kiamichi Technology Centers - Poteau, has been elected vice president-elect for Region IV of the Association for Career and Technical Education.
He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2023.
Francis Tuttle Tech employee named to national council
Cody Mosley, director of workforce and economic development at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, will serve as chairman of the International Economic Development Council’s Higher Education Advisory Committee in 2022.
The committee provides guidance to IEDC and builds relationships between economic development leaders and higher education.
Read more on The Journal Record’s website.
Oklahoma CareerTech highlighted in Kuder article
Oklahoma CareerTech’s work with OK Career Guide and students’ individual career academic plans is highlighted in an article on Kuder’s website.
OK Career Guide is an online resource that helps students and adults explore and plan their futures. It is a Kuder product. ICAP Oklahoma allows students and educators to track ICAP progress inside okcareerguide.org.
Read the article on Kuder’s website.
Caddo Kiowa Tech provides trailer for clothing donation
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center’s truck driver training program recently partnered with the Cordell Masonic Lodge to facilitate the donation of approximately 12,000 pairs of sweatpants and sweatshirts (roughly $66,000 in value) to the Oklahoma City Department of Veterans Affairs.
CKTC’s truck driver training program offered the use of its 53-foot van trailer, which was filled completely with the sweats. They were delivered Jan. 18 and will provide clothing for veterans in VA hospitals across the state.
Meridian Tech CAD students use 3D printing to help their community
Computer aided drafting students at Meridian Technology Center recently used 3D printing to provide plastic connectors to Stillwater Radiology.
The connector is necessary to drain fluid from patients’ abdominal or thoracic cavities, but Stillwater Radiology was unable to get them because of supply chain problems and shipping delays.
Meridian CAD students Remington Denton and Corey Schaffer worked with Stillwater Radiology to design and create the piece.
Read more on Meridian’s website.
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