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Director's Memo 2022-5-9

Monday, May 09, 2022

Oklahomans honored for ‘Making It Work’

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council honored 17 Oklahomans and three businesses and organizations at the 28th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol in a virtual ceremony May 6.

Making It Work Day recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony also recognized nontraditional students.

OkCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council advocates for students pursuing nontraditional careers and for resources for educating single parents.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Aerospace webinar video available

A video is available for those who missed the “Clear for Takeoff: Get trained in Oklahoma aerospace” webinar hosted by The Journal Record in April.

The webinar featured Eddie Compton, aerospace and defense industry liaison, Oklahoma CareerTech; Ryan Goertzen, vice president, maintenance workforce development, AAR Corp.; and Geoffrey Camp, Oklahoma state director, aerospace and defense. They discussed the demand for skilled workers in Oklahoma aerospace and pathways to enter the workforce.

You can read more about it on The Journal Record website or watch a recording of the webinar.


Metro Tech opens film program registration

Registration is open for a two-day intensive high school film program for students in grades nine through 12 who are interested in filmmaking.

The ninth annual deadCenter University is scheduled for June 9-10 and is presented by Metro Technology Centers in partnership with deadCenter Film Festival. Registration closes at the end of May.

Read more on Metro Tech’s website.


Retired CareerTech educator honored

The Oklahoma County Retired Educators Association recently presented retired Oklahoma CareerTech educator Joyce Pybas the Pioneer Award.

The Pioneer Award is presented “in recognition of making a difference in the lives of Oklahomans with many years of dedicated service rendered as a pioneer educator in the schools of Oklahoma.”

Pybas retired from Oklahoma CareerTech in 1987 as state supervisor of family and consumer sciences education, then called the home economics education division. She joined the department in 1971.

Pictured with her is ODCTE retiree Jim Roblyer.


Tulsa Tech partnership offers new opportunities

Tulsa Technology Center is partnering with Project SEARCH, Saint Francis Health System, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, University of Oklahoma Outreach and Employment Resources Inc. to offer new opportunities for students with intellectual and development disabilities.

The Competitive Employability Readiness Training Academy includes a nine-month program that combines internships with classroom learning and a culinary training program.

Read more about it on News Channel 8’s website.


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Last Modified on May 09, 2022
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