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Director's Memo 2022-7-5

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Central Tech names superintendent

Central Technology Center has named Kent Burris as its superintendent.

The fifth superintendent in the tech center’s history, Burris began his new position July 1. He began his career at Central Tech in January 1990.

Read more on Central Tech’s website.


Oklahoma SkillsUSA students win at national conference

Oklahoma SkillsUSA students brought home plenty of honors from the 58th National Leadership and Skills conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Students won 74 medals -- 38 gold, 22 silver and 14 bronze -- to place second in the nation for number of medals earned, said Emily Goff, state adviser with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Oklahoma had 177 competitors place in the top 10 during the conference’s competitions.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Oklahoma HOSA students win at International Leadership Conference

Oklahoma HOSA members brought home more than 60 medals, along with other honors, from the 2022 HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 224 students, advisers and guests represented 47 Oklahoma HOSA chapters. Students earned 22 first place gold medals, 20 second place silver medals and 19 third place bronze medals. In addition, 23 students scored in the top 10 in their competitions.

In addition to competing and networking with HOSA members from across the country, Oklahoma HOSA members and advisers were responsible for running four competitive events: Clinical Nursing, Pharmacy Science, Emergency Medical Technician and Academic Testing.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Chisholm Trail Tech instructor a finalist in Harbor Freight contest

Coty Green, an automotive service technology instructor at Chisholm Trail Technology Center, is one of 50 skilled trades teachers from across the country named as finalists in the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Green will now advance to a second round of competition. Two additional rounds of judging will narrow the field to 20 before judges select the five grand prize winners and 15 prize winners.

Read more on the Harbor Freight website.


Meridian Tech STEM program recognized nationally

Project Lead The Way has named the Meridian Technology Center STEM Academy a Distinguished School in the high school category for its biomedical sciences and pre-engineering programs.

The PLTW Distinguished School program recognizes schools that are committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in PLTW programs. This is Meridian’s fifth year to receive the honor.

Read more on the Guthrie News Leader website.


Pioneer Tech adds basic peace officer certification program

Pioneer Technology Center is launching a basic peace officer certification program, with the first class to begin this month.

The 16-week program will feature 600 training hours certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, including class time and hands-on training. Pioneer Tech is partnering with local law enforcement agencies to offer the program.

A second class will begin in January 2023.

Read more on Pioneer Tech’s website.


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