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Director's Memo 2023-2-27

Monday, February 27, 2023

Oklahoma CareerTech students gather at state Capitol

Sixty-four Oklahoma CareerTech students met at the state Capitol Feb. 21 to speak to legislators about how career and technology education helps teens prepare for careers and college.

State officers from Oklahoma CareerTech’s seven co-curricular student organizations attended the CareerTech Student Organization Day at the Capitol, visiting with legislators from their districts. Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. John Talley, R-Stillwater, recognized the students in their respective chambers.

“This day is a phenomenal way to connect our legislators with the future leaders of our state,” said Paxton Cavin, state BPA and DECA adviser at Oklahoma CareerTech.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech key to workforce development

Dental hygiene is one of the fastest growing professions in the nation, with employment of dental hygienists projected to grow 9% from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average growth for all occupations.

In Oklahoma, the average annual wage for a dental hygienist is $83,290, well above the average for all Oklahoma occupations ($48,360), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Three of Oklahoma CareerTech’s 29 technology centers now offer training for students interested in becoming a licensed dental hygienist through a unique partnership with the College of Dentistry at the University of Oklahoma.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Meridian Tech debuts new apprenticeship model

Meridian Technology Center has responded to industry requests with an apprenticeship model that will provide more opportunities for employers and employees.

The new model, highlighted in a Stillwater News Press article, combines school and work and allows students to begin apprenticeships earlier in their education careers.

Read more about how the new apprenticeship model works on the Stillwater News Press website.


OEIP plans fire protection and safety virtual session

Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships will hold a virtual event covering fire protection and safety this week.

The event will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 28. For more information about OEIP, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.



Clean Shorts Film Festival set at MNTC

The ninth annual Clean Shorts Film Festival will be March 3-4 at Moore Norman Technology Center’s Franklin Road Campus.

The festival will feature dozens of independent short films and is free and open to the public.

For more information about the festival, visit the Clean Shorts Film Festival Facebook page.


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I am interested in the way that we look at a given landscape and take possession of it in our blood and brain. None of us lives apart from the land entirely; such an isolation is unimaginable. -- N. Scott Momaday
Last Modified on Feb 27, 2023
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