Director's Memo 2022-3-7
Oklahoma CareerTech students gather at state Capitol
Seventy Oklahoma CareerTech students met at the state Capitol Feb. 28 to show policymakers how their support for career and technology education helps teens prepare for careers and college.
State officers from Oklahoma CareerTech’s seven co-curricular student organizations attended the CareerTech Student Organization Day at the Capitol while members of National Technical Honor Society attended NTHS Day at the Capitol. Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, and Reps. John Talley, R-Stillwater, and Dick Lowe, R-Amber, welcomed the groups and shared their experiences with CareerTech.
Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.
Aerospace career fairs planned
Oklahoma ACES, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will hold aerospace career fairs March 23 at Rose State College and April 1 at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus.
Oklahoma CareerTech and Tulsa Technology Center are among the organizations partnering with Oklahoma ACES for the events. Other partners are the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma Works, the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs, Rose State college and Jones PR.
Both events are free and will offer information about open positions in the industry, job search tips and interviews.
Piedmont Public Schools adding ag ed and FFA
Piedmont Public Schools will add an agricultural education program and a chapter of FFA in the fall.
A survey in fall 2021 found significant interest in an ag ed program, Superintendent James White said.
Agricultural education programs are offered through Oklahoma CareerTech, and FFA is the CareerTech student organization affiliated with agricultural education.
Read more about the new program on the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette website.
Benedictine monk attends class in CareerTech mobile meat processing class
The Rev. Simeon Spitz, a member of St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee, attended a meat processing short course at Gordon Cooper Technology Center to learn more about the business.
Spitz joined six other students in Oklahoma CareerTech’s mobile meat processing lab to learn more about cutting beef to help the abbey’s new Monks’ Marketplace. Spitz is the Monks’ Marketplace coordinator, which is a licensed meat retailer and sells beef from a farm in Canute, according to an article in The Oklahoman.
Spitz told The Oklahoman that he hopes to see St. Gregory’s Abbey monks be able to process their own beef.
Read more about his experiences and how the abbey entered the meat retail business on The Oklahoman’s website.
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