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Director's Memo 2022-11-14

Monday, November 14, 2022

Adult education programs recognized

Oklahoma CareerTech’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Division recognized two adult education programs during its Adult Education and Literacy Conference in October.

McAlester Public Schools received the High School Equivalency Award for obtaining the highest high school equivalency percentage attainment by student population in fiscal year 2022.

Poteau Public Schools was recognized for obtaining the highest measurable skill gains in FY2022.

Program data was used to determine award winners.


Great Plains students get hands-on experience at hospital

Great Plains Technology Center surgical technology students recently got some hands-on robotic experience at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

They were able to learn how the robot works, how to set it up and how to drape it before surgery, practical experience that will help them when they go through clinicals, instructor Chelsea Blackshere said.

Read more about their experiences and see a video on the KSWO 7News website.


BPA, DECA students give back

The 2022 BPA and DECA Fall Leadership Conference included an hour of hands-on community service for all attendees.

Chapters could choose creating birthday cards for people in shelters, packing gift bags for children in hospitals and filming a thank you video for veterans to be used for free in BPA and DECA chapters and/or school programs across the state.

BPA and DECA members at the conference achieved the following:

  • 300 birthday cards were delivered to OKC shelters.
  • 600 gifts bags were delivered to Stillwater Medical Center.
  • Mid-America Technology Center BPA donated time and talent to finish the video,
  • $14,000 was raised for Oklahoma Special Olympics through Chain of Love.
  • $700 was raised for Oklahoma Muscular Dystrophy Association through Miracle Minute.


CareerTech Champion: Dylan Moore - Mid-America Technology Center

Social media is more than just dessert recipes and prom photos. Social media helped 21-year-old Dylan Moore find a lucrative career he enjoys.

The high school graduate from Elmore City saw a Facebook post about a new training program at Mid-America Technology Center and thought it might check off two boxes on his career checklist – money and travel.

Moore enrolled in Mid-America’s first lineworker technology class, and his instructor, Bruce Beam, said Moore met the challenge head-on and quickly became a sought-after employee.

“He always came to class ready to learn,” Beam said.

Beam uses a combination of indoor and outdoor labs and theory-based instruction, covering everything from pole climbing and framing to principles of electrical transmission and distribution. Students graduate with the skills they need to become high-voltage journeymen-lineworkers.

Moore is also a specialist E-4 in the U.S. Army Reserves, and it was his sergeant who told him about a job opening at MDR Powerline Construction in Stillwater. He was hired and started work just three days after his last class at Mid-America.

MDR specializes in constructing, repairing and upgrading utility lines, responding to everything from storm restoration to heavy construction. After two months on the job, Moore is making $24 an hour.

Beam described Moore as a “good student with a great attitude.”


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Last Modified on Nov 14, 2022
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