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Director's Memo 2022-11-28

Monday, November 28, 2022

TSA members encouraged to plan, learn and follow their dreams

Speakers at the Oklahoma Technology Student Association’s Fall Leadership Conference encouraged state TSA members to plan for their futures and follow their dreams.

The students met earlier this month in Norman to attend leadership workshops, network with other TSA members, take part in a STEM challenge, participate in community service activities and explore careers through an industry panel. TSA is the CareerTech student organization affiliated with science, technology, engineering and math education.

Greg Smith, Northrup Grumman director and Oklahoma City site leader, told the students that the future is in their hands.

“Your brain is prime territory for building the future,” he said.

Smith was one of four people speaking as part of the industry panel. Also on the panel were state Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond; Kozetta Chapman, senior manager of technical operations recruiting and development at American Airlines; and Rachel Leach, a specialist in forensic biology at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech Conversations talks about STEM careers

Oklahoma CareerTech Conversations sat down with STEM Program Manager Tonja Norwood to discuss how CareerTech student programs like the Technology Student Association foster an interest in STEM careers from an early age.

Through these programs and related competitions, the CareerTech System is helping meet the job demand in the varied world of science, technology, engineering and math careers.

See the video on the Oklahoma CareerTech YouTube channel and learn more about STEM education on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Virtual OEIP focuses on truck driver training

An Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships event this week will focus on truck driver training.

The one-hour virtual event will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 on Zoom. The session is free, but registration is required.

OEIP’s mission is to create a pipeline for partnerships among educators and industry leaders that result in meeting the workforce needs of Oklahoma companies.



Northwest Tech honored as ‘Best Place to Work’

Northwest Technology Center was ranked No. 4 on The Journal Record’s 2022 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in the small/medium category.

Companies are named to the list based on employee interviews and workplace policies, practices and demographics. The companies were honored at an event earlier this month at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Read more on The Journal Record website.


Great Plains teams up for STEAM Day

Great Plains Technology Center recently partnered with Life Ready Center to introduce Lawton Public School middle school students to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics programs.

Students were able to visit eight stations to learn about programs at Great Plains Tech and Life Ready Center. Students learned about the programs and participated in hands-on activities, including flying drones and creating windmills.

Life Ready Center is a program of Lawton Public Schools offering concurrent courses, AP courses and introductory and advanced elective opportunities for Lawton high school students. It also partners with Great Plains Tech and Cameron University to provide on-site programs, courses and resources for students across the district.

Read more about STEAM Day on The Lawton Constitution website.


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Last Modified on Nov 28, 2022
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