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Director's Memo 2022-12-12

Monday, December 12, 2022

Tech centers listed as top workplaces

Three Oklahoma technology centers were among The Oklahoman’s list of top workplaces.

Central Technology Center was No. 5 among midsized businesses, and Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center was No. 5 among small businesses. Meridian Technology Center was also among the midsized top workplaces.

Read more about the 2022 Top Workplaces project on The Oklahoman’s website.


CareerTech Conversations focuses on FFA

CareerTech Conversations recently sat down with Scott Nemecek, state program administrator for FFA and agricultural education, who shared Oklahoma students' recent accolades from the national FFA convention.

He also discussed the impact of agriculture on Oklahoma's economy and how ag educators are preparing students for success in industry and daily life.

See the video on Oklahoma CareerTech’s YouTube channel and learn more about agricultural education on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech part of filling film industry workforce needs

Oklahoma CareerTech adapted quickly to help fill workforce needs of Oklahoma’s growing film industry, said Matt Payne, founder and CEO of Prairie Surf Media, in an article in The Journal Record.

Payne spoke at the Oklahoma State Chamber’s Public Affairs Forum 2022 recently about working with Oklahoma CareerTech’s technology centers on workforce training programs.

When he and his partner started their business, he said, a friend told him to call CareerTech, but he couldn’t believe a tech center could create the program they needed. They followed his friend’s advice, however, he said, and six weeks later had a production design class at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

Read more about Oklahoma’s film industry and CareerTech’s part in it on The Journal Record’s website.


National Association of Agricultural Educators honors Oklahomans

Six Oklahomans and one school received Region II awards at the 2022 National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention.

Agricultural education instructors receiving awards were Bailey Kliewer, Stillwater, Outstanding Early Career Teacher; Jonathan Walden, Allen, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher; and Megan Thormodsgard, Kingfisher, Teachers Turn the Key Professional Development Scholarship.

Retired educator R.J. Curry, Central High School, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Chickasha High School received the Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education Program Award.

Allen Miller, northwest area program specialist in Oklahoma CareerTech’s Agricultural Education Division, received an Outstanding Service Citation, and Larry Peck of Sentinel Ag Youth Magazine received the Outstanding Cooperation Award.


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Last Modified on Dec 12, 2022
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