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Director's Memo 2023-4-10

Monday, April 10, 2023

Oklahomans win ACTE Region IV awards

Three Oklahomans won awards at the ACTE Region IV Conference.

Robby Branscum, Stillwater agricultural education teacher, received the Carl Perkins Community Service Award.

Nina Morgan, Kiamichi Technology Centers, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Greg Davison, Kiamichi Technology Centers-Atoka campus director, received the Administrator of the Year Award.


Pioneer Tech culinary students advance to national competition

A team from Pioneer Technology Center won the 2023 Ben E. Keith Oklahoma ProStart Student Invitational in Norman and will represent Oklahoma at the National ProStart Culinary Competition in Washington, D.C., in May.

Instructor Brenda Pollack and mentor Andrew Enninga will lead the team of Abbi Corbin, Makenna Eaton, Nikita Longoria, Donna Gray and Darrius Allen.

The Pioneer Tech students competed against more than 200 students from across Oklahoma.

Read more on the Pioneer Tech website.


Meridian Tech students headed to Houston

Three Meridian Technology Center students will compete in Houston, Texas, in the NASA Hunch program.

Miles Johnston, Zane Miller and Jace Brown, all Meridian STEM Academy students, chose a project concerning how to perform surgery in space. They examined ways to produce surgical tools with a 3D printer and how to sterilize them.

The team presented its work to a NASA engineer in February. Later this month they will compete against more than 2,500 high school students from across the country.

Read more on the Stillwater News Press website.


Thomas-Fay-Custer School District votes for annexation

Voters in the Thomas Fay-Custer Public School District approved annexation into the Chisholm Trail Technology Center district.

Annexation into the Chisholm Trail district passed 78% to 22%.


Applications open for OEIP aerospace externship

The Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships has opened applications for an aerospace externship.

Teachers can earn up to $750 by spending 30 hours with an approved aerospace company while participating in professional development that will help them enrich their students’ education. The application deadline is May 3.



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Last Modified on Apr 11, 2023
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