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Director's Memo 2022-7-25

Monday, July 25, 2022

Getting students college AND career ready

While career and technology education is designed to provide students with skills demanded by the labor market, it also prepares them for postsecondary degrees in a wide range of technical fields. This is the premise behind Oklahoma CareerTech’s mantra to get students college AND career ready.

CareerTech activities include career-oriented courses, internships, apprenticeships and in-school programs that promote work readiness.

CareerTech programs in aerospace, health care, construction, business, agriculture and film production provide hands-on training that translates directly to careers upon graduation from high school.

By integrating academic skills into a real-world context, career and technology education can inspire students to be more engaged, thus improving core academic skills. What’s more, it teaches core academic skills essential to lifelong learning and often does so better than traditional schooling, particularly for disadvantaged youth.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Kiamichi Tech superintendent honored

Kiamichi Technology Centers Superintendent Shelley Free has been named the 2022 Oklahoma Association of School Administrators District 20 Superintendent of the Year.

Free began her education career in 1985 as a business teacher and coach for Talihina Public Schools. In 1997, she became the business and information technology instructor for Kiamichi Technology Centers Talihina Campus and later served as campus director. In 2008, she became Kiamichi Tech’s deputy superintendent, and in 2014, the board named her superintendent.

Read more about the honor on Kiamichi Tech’s website.


ICBS Show approaching

The early deadline for registration for the ICBS Show is July 28. After that date, the $225 registration cost rises to $250.

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.

The ICBS Show is produced by Oklahoma’s two procurement technical assistance programs, Oklahoma PTAC and the Tribal Government Institute. Both PTACs are supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. OkPTAC is a program of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

For more information or to register, visit


Tech centers part of OERB program

A program offered through Francis Tuttle and Tulsa Tech will offer new classes this fall to help people obtain careers in oil and natural gas.

The Oklahoma Energy Resource Board’s PetroTech program will offer classes in skills identified by industry experts as the most in-demand, along with new certifications. In addition to providing an entry into the oil and gas industry, the program will help existing professionals add new skills.

Read more about it on the OERB website.


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Last Modified on Jul 25, 2022
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