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Director's Memo 2022-12-19

Monday, December 19, 2022

Pursue your passions at CareerTech

A love of computers runs in Joseph Gordon’s family.

His father works in information technology, and Gordon took his first programming class in middle school. He was intrigued by how computers worked, but he wasn’t really enthralled with programming. A few years later, he toured Moore Norman Technology Center and was intrigued by the network and cloud administration course.

The 16-year-old high school junior enrolled at Moore Norman Tech and was already A+ certified early in his first semester. When school let out for the summer, he accepted an unpaid internship with Norman Public Schools to repair MacBooks. He continued the internship after school started, working for NPS early in the morning, driving to Moore Norman Technology Center for class, working his after-school job at Schlotzsky’s and then going home to study.

Read more of the December CareerTech director’s column on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


ODCTE employees receive awards

Oklahoma CareerTech employees received Pinnacle Awards for exception work during the agency’s fall spring staff meeting recently.

Find out more about the employees who received awards and their work on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Tech center superintendents make list

Two Oklahoma CareerTech technology center superintendents were named to The Journal Record’s Most Influential Oklahomans list.

Michelle Keylon, Francis Tuttle Tech superintendent, and Gayla Lutts, Canadian Valley Tech superintendent, were among 45 Oklahomans on the list, which consists of “whose efforts, decisions and leadership affected people, actions or events in our cities, state and beyond,” according to The Journal Record.

Read more about why they were selected and see the full list on The Journal Record website.


Oklahoma DECA officer named to U.S. Senate Youth Program

Oklahoma DECA Vice President of Leadership Raven Owens has been selected to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Owens is a student at Edmond Santa Fe High School. See more on Edmond Public Schools’ Facebook page.

The U.S. Senate Youth Program is a week-long educational experience in Washington, D.C., for high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

DECA is the CareerTech student organization affiliated with marketing education.


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Last Modified on Dec 19, 2022
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