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Director's Memo 2022-5-23

Monday, May 23, 2022

OEIP summer programs planned

CareerTech’s Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships has planned seven sessions covering manufacturing, aerospace, construction, automotive, health and film industries.

Sessions will be manufacturing, June 8-9 at Northeast Technology Center and MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor; aerospace, June 14 at Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City and June 16 at Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee; construction, June 21 in Oklahoma City; automotive, June 28 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center and Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City; health, July 20 at Metro Tech; and film, July 21 at Metro Tech.

For more information about the sessions and registration links visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Former Oklahoma BPA president wins national honor

Brighton Snow, the 2021-22 president of Oklahoma Business Professionals of America, was recently named the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education.

Snow is graduating from Washington High School, where he was a member of FFA, and also attends Mid-America Technology Center, where he was president of the MATC BPA chapter.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. It was extended in 2015 to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Read more on the MATC website.


24 CareerTech coordinators complete BISCP

Twenty-four CareerTech coordinators recently completed the annual Business and Industry Services Certification Program.

The eight-session program introduces participants to the history and overview of the Oklahoma CareerTech System and helps them understand the workforce & economic development division’s role within the system, build an effective peer network system and learn best practices from their peers in the field.

Locations that hosted and presented to the class were Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education in Stillwater, Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City, Francis Tuttle Technology Center Danforth Campus in Edmond and Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton.

This year’s class was organized and facilitated by Regional Coordinators Lori Laufer and Patrick Clanin.


Pioneer Tech team members receive PACE award

Johnny Thornburgh, Pioneer Technology Center industrial coordinator, and Janet Schwabe, business incubator manager, recently received the Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Economic Development Award at the Oklahoma PACE annual conference.

The award recognizes an outstanding individual or collaborative team who contributes to economic development and growth.

Thornburgh and Schwabe were honored for their work with an incubator business, Triune Industries LLC. Other partners were the Ponca City Development Authority, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Pioneer Tech precision machining students.

Read more on the Pioneer Tech website.


Video series visits Central Tech

Episode 5 of Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell’s “A Look at Oklahoma CareerTech” series focuses on diesel technology at Central Technology Center.

The episode features Curtis Gillis, a Central Tech student who completed the truck driver training program and is working on certification in diesel technology.



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Last Modified on May 23, 2022
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