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Director's Memo 2022-8-15

Monday, August 15, 2022

Mid-Del Tech relaunches electrical apprenticeship program

Mid-Del Technology Center relaunched its electrical apprenticeship program this month.

Students will learn about residential wiring, code requirements and wiring design in hands-on workshops and will get experience in installations, including, receptacles, switches and lights.

Mid-Del closed its previous electrical program in 2015 because of budget issues, Abbey Charlow, director of business development and training, told the Midwest City Beacon.

Read more about the relaunch on the Midwest City Beacon’s website and learn more about the program on Mid-Del’s website.


Northwest Tech named a “Best Place to Work”

Northwest Technology Center was named to The Journal Record’s 2022 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in the small/medium category.

Companies are named to the list based on employee interviews and workplace policies, practices and demographics.

The companies will be honored at an event Nov. 17 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, when the final ranked positions will be announced.

Read more on The Journal Record’s website.


Tech centers work together on aerospace

A partnership of five technology centers in the Oklahoma City area is working to provide a workforce for the aerospace industry.

Canadian Valley, Francis Tuttle, Metro, Mid-Del and Moore Norman tech centers provide hands-on training in 29 aerospace-related programs with an average employment placement rate higher than 80%, Abbey Charlow writes in The Journal Record. Charlow is director of business development and training at Mid-Del Tech.

Onward OKC is planning to publish an aerospace assets map on its website to help employers find what they need for their workforces.

Read more on The Journal Record’s website and on the Onward OKC website.


CareerTech Champion: Montgomery Malone - Western Technology Center

After high school, Montgomery Malone had no interest in college and no plans for a career. He decided to enroll at Western Technology Center for additional training and took an interest inventory to help him choose a program. The results suggested he might be good at photo editing and media development.

Malone loved to write, and the two skillsets seemed to mesh with each other. He enrolled in WTC’s multimedia program, where he learned how to use programs such as InDesign and Photoshop. He also improved his communication skills. By the time he completed the program, he was a certified digital video technician and multimedia specialist.

Malone took his new career skills to the Weatherford Daily News, where he said he uses his multimedia and communication skills daily. He is currently city editor for the newspaper.

“What I experienced during my training at WTC and my love for writing all came together for this position,” he said.

His favorite part of his job at the Daily News is that he has the freedom to be creative.

“And people listen to my ideas,” he said.

At this year’s Oklahoma Press Association awards banquet in Oklahoma City, Malone won first place for an in-depth enterprise story.


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