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Director's Memo 2022-5-2

Monday, May 02, 2022

Gordon Cooper team wins at FIRST Robotics

Sprockets FIRST Team 2341 from Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee won an Engineering Inspiration Award at the FIRST Robotics 2022 Championship in Houston, Texas.

Nearly 800 teams from 43 countries competed and exhibited at the championship.

Learn more about GC Tech’s team on the Sprockets Facebook page.


ACTE highlights CareerTech deputy state director

CareerTech Deputy State Director Cori Gray was named an IAED Mentee of the Month by the Association of Career and Technical Education.

Gray participates in the Inclusion, Access, Equity and Diversity mentorship program with her mentor Kevin Johnson, senior adviser for equity at Advance CTE. ACTE recently named them the IAED Mentor and Mentee of the Month.

Read more about it on ACTE’s website.


Perkins grant deadline extended

The deadline for Perkins basic grants has been extended to May 25.

The deadline for Perkins innovative grants is May 6.

Anyone with questions can contact a Perkins coordinator: Jordan Duck, southeast region and innovative grants; Debbie Hamble, northeast region; and Steve Robison, western region.

For more information about the grants, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


High Plains Tech wind student honored

Natalie Clements, a wind technology student at High Plains Technology Center, recently received the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy 2022 Wind at Our Backs Scholarship.

Wind at our Backs is a scholarship program for women in or graduating from degree and training programs for wind technicians. It provides a tuition stipend and focuses on furthering the education of women in wind energy.

Clements is one of two 2022 Wind at Our Backs scholars.


20 graduate from TechCENT$

Twenty people from technology centers and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education graduated from TechCENT$ this year.

TechCENT$ is a training program for current or potential technology center financial services staff. It provides them with opportunities to learn about tech center financial process and systems and allows them to develop a network for sharing best practices with colleagues across the state.

This year’s program was offered in two in-person session and five virtual sessions. Topics included the technology center funding formula, school law, board policy and ethics, flexible benefits allowance and the cost per program report. Each graduate was given the opportunity to earn 14.5 continuing education units as approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.


Tech center administrators among Journal Record honorees

Two Oklahoma technology center administrators were among 20 people honored at The Journal Record’s Most Admired CEOs and Financial Stewardship Awards event.

Gayla Lutts, Canadian Valley Tech superintendent, was named to the Most Admired CEOS list.

April Dunsworth, Gordon Cooper Tech director of finance, received a financial stewardship award.

Read more on The Journal Record website.


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Last Modified on May 02, 2022
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