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Director's Memo 2022-5-16

Monday, May 16, 2022

CareerTech named CyberPatriot Center of Excellence

Oklahoma CareerTech has been named a CyberPatriot Center of Excellence by the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program.

CyberPatriot is the AFA’s National Youth Cyber Education Program. It was created to inspire K-12 students to enter careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines critical to the future of the United States. The CyberPatriot program includes the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for high school and middle school students, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative and Literature Series.

Since the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education took leadership of the Oklahoma CyberPatriot program, participation has more than doubled, said Kristi Akehurst, program specialist and information technology cluster team leader in CareerTech’s business, marketing and information technology division.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Oklahoma CareerTech students win NCWIT Aspirations in Computing awards

Three Oklahoma CareerTech students received the National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

They were honored at an April 23 awards ceremony at the Tom Love OU Innovation Hub on the University of Oklahoma-Norman campus.

Madelyn McDonald, a cyber defense student at Moore Norman Technology Center, received the Aspirations in Computing Award.

Favour Aloziem, a Computer Science Academy student at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and Sara Kennedy, a pre-engineering/robotics student at Southern Technology Center, received honorable mention recognition.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Kiamichi Tech helps lumber company through OkPTAC

The OkPTAC coordinator at Kiamichi Technology Centers, Ron DeGiacomo, has helped a southeast Oklahoma building materials supplier obtain government contracts totaling more than $500,000.

DeGiacomo has been working with TH Rogers Lumber Company since 2018. The business has five locations within the Kiamichi Tech district in southeast Oklahoma.

OkPTAC provides marketing and technical assistance to Oklahoma businesses interested in selling products and services to federal, state, local and tribal governments. It serves clients out of 10 participating technology centers across Oklahoma and is administered by Oklahoma CareerTech.

Read more about DeGiacomo and TH Rogers Lumber Company on the Kiamichi Tech website.

Read more about OkPTAC on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Choctaw FCS teacher wins award

Choctaw family and consumer science teacher Richard Boone recently was named Teacher of the Month by KMGL.

Boone, who was nominated for the radio station’s award by the parents of one of his students, received the Outstanding New Teacher Award for the Family and Consumer Science Education Division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education at Oklahoma Summit in 2019. Before beginning his teaching career, he spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Read more about his Teacher of the Month win on KMGL’s website.


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Last Modified on May 16, 2022
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