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Director's Memo 2022-6-20

Monday, June 20, 2022

Legislature approves $8.8 million for Oklahoma CareerTech to meet health care workforce demands

The Oklahoma Legislature appropriated $8.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds today to expand Oklahoma CareerTech programs and address the state’s nursing workforce shortage.

Upon signature by Gov. Kevin Stitt, the bill will enable Oklahoma CareerTech to produce an additional 1,100 trained health care workers over the first five years of full implementation.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech bringing VR to Oklahoma classrooms

Bringing innovation to Oklahoma classrooms is core to CareerTech’s mission to help students explore their interests. That is why Oklahoma CareerTech is investing in virtual reality technology, an increasingly popular innovation that brings lessons to life.

Reading a book about the planets of the solar system has its limits. Seeing the planets of the solar system in a 360-degree digital environment that feels real can send a student’s interest to a whole new level. Imagining the possibilities is no longer necessary, thanks to new educational technology companies wanting to create vivid virtual journeys for teachers and students.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


ICBS Show to include cybersecurity speaker

The ICBS Show will feature a keynote speech about cybersecurity when it returns to Norman in August.

The event, which offers assistance to businesses wanting to obtain contracts with federal, state and local governments, will be Aug. 15-18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman. It will open with a business networking event the first evening and end with a virtual matchmaking session on Aug. 18.

Stacy Bostjanick of the U.S. Department of Defense will present the keynote speech Aug. 16. She is a member of the senior executive service and serves as the chief of implementation and policy, deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity, Office of the Chief Information Officer and will speak about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CTSO state officers attend CareerTech University

Sixty-one CareerTech student organization state officers -- representing all seven CTSOs -- recently attended CareerTech University 2022 at Sequoyah State Park.

They received training in public speaking, brand representation, communication, social media, chapter visits and many other topics, along with advice on how to plan their programs of work. They also had time to work with their CTSO teams to map out their goals for the year.

Each team made a presentation at camp and participated in flag raising and lowering ceremonies and skits about CTSOs.

Participants were able to network with state officers from other CTSOs and learn more about how they are connected through Oklahoma CareerTech.


Meridian Tech adds industrial technology training

Meridian Technology Center will offer an industrial technology track this fall as part of its energy and power program.

The program will focus on industrial electrical systems, fluid power systems, mechanical drive systems, programmable logic controllers and process controls. It will also cover programming robotics and mechatronics.

Read more about the program on the Stillwater News Press website.


ODCTE employees receive awards

Oklahoma CareerTech employees received Pinnacle Awards for exceptional work during the agency’s spring staff meeting recently.

Find out more about the employees who received awards and their work on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


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Last Modified on Jun 20, 2022
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