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Director's Memo 2022-10-17

Monday, October 17, 2022

Southern Tech, Murray State sign agreement to help nursing students

Southern Technology Center and Murray State College signed an agreement recently that will help nursing students and graduates further their education.

The agreement will allow students to finish their first two years at Southern Tech and enter Murray State with advanced credit, Southern Tech Superintendent Eric Ward told KTEN News.

The agreement allows students who finish Southern Tech’s licensed practical nursing program to enter Murray State without taking its entrance challenge exam. Murray State will reserve at least 20 seats a year for Southern Tech LPN graduates who meet the criteria, according to KTEN News.

Read more about the agreement on the KTEN News website.


Metro Tech, Integris Health Southwest partner

Metro Technology Centers is teaming up with Integris Health Southwest Medical Center to provide free on-site certified nursing assistant training for Integris Health employees.

The first class of seven students started in September. The goal is to open the program to local high school students as well, said John Adams, Integris Southwest Medical Center chief hospital executive.

The program includes full-time employment for one year; paid class tuition, fees and books; a paid salary for training hours; and a $1,000 retention bonus.

Read more about the partnership on Metro Tech’s website.


Moore Norman employee is national ACTE award finalist

Lucinda Francis, instructional coach at Moore Norman Technology Center, is the 2022 Association for Career and Technical Education Region IV Teacher Educator of the Year and one of five finalists for the 2023 national title.

Francis received the OkACTE Teacher Educator of the Year during the 2021 Oklahoma Summit, Oklahoma CareerTech’s 54th annual conference.

The national Teacher Educator of the Year winner will be announced at the awards gala during ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The gala will be Nov. 30.

Read more about Francis on MNTC’s website.


Francis Tuttle Tech hosts Engineering Challenge

Francis Tuttle Technology recently hosted its 14th annual Engineering Challenge for sixth through ninth grade students in the Oklahoma City area.

The event allows students to compete in several events, including bottle rockets, ping-pong ball launchers and mousetrap vehicles.

Read more about the event on KFOR’s website.


Metro Tech hosts OVESA conference

Metro Technology Centers will host the Oklahoma Veteran Education Specialist Association fall 2022 conference on its Springlake campus.

The conference is aimed at school personnel, including those from technology centers, who work with students who use GI Bill benefits. Staff members from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs State Approving Agency will present updates about the GI Bill, and veteran education specialists from area schools will share best practices and information about additional services for veterans.

The conference will be Oct. 25-26. Registration is free. For more information contact Leonda Clements at


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Last Modified on Oct 17, 2022
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