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Director's Memo 2023-4-24

Monday, April 24, 2023

Justin Lockwood named chief of staff of Oklahoma CareerTech

The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education on Thursday approved the appointment of Justin Lockwood as chief of staff of Oklahoma CareerTech.

Lockwood, deputy state director of economic development and support services at Oklahoma CareerTech, will move into the chief of staff position June 1. He will replace Lee Denney, who has been serving as interim chief of staff since January when Brent Haken was named state director.

“Lockwood is an integral part of our team and has worked diligently to find opportunities to grow and serve,” Haken said. “I am excited for him to be named chief of staff by the board. His background, leadership experiences, grounded decision-making skills and passion for quality education will continue to serve the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education System well.”

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Oklahoma Collegiate DECA represents at international conference

Oklahoma Collegiate DECA members returned from the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, with several finalist honors and a new international officer.

Maryam Amin, a freshman at the University of Oklahoma, was elected to the 2023-24 Collegiate DECA Executive Council as vice president. She is Oklahoma’s first Collegiate DECA international officer.

Amin was a top 10 test taker, top 10 case study performance and finalist in the fashion merchandising and marketing individual case study competition. Other competition finalists were Devesh Lahoti, OU, sales challenge, and Arman Riaz, OU, emerging technology marketing strategies.

In addition, the OU DECA chapter received the Top New Chapter Award.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Registration opens for Teaching to Lead

Registration is open for the 2023-24 Teaching to Lead, professional development for beginning CareerTech instructors.

Teaching to Lead has two programs: T2L Induction and T2L Cohort for Learning. Both include a mentor and instructional coach and instructional coaching visits.

Registration is due July 7. For more information, contact Nancy Rodriguez.

T2L Induction Registration

T2L Cohort for Learning Registration


Tulsa Tech students earn spots on Cisco Dream Team

Three Tulsa Technology Center students have been named to the Cisco Live Dream Team and will participate in Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 31-June 9.

Jacob Teenor, Matthew McCoy and Ally Vang will be among 10 students who will work with information technology staff members and engineers to set up the network operations center at the event, maintain the network and respond to support needs.

They will also be able to sit in on technical sessions taught by engineers, gain real world experience and meet Cisco leaders.

Students from across the United States and Canada are nominated by instructors to be members of the Cisco Live Dream Team.


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Last Modified on Apr 24, 2023
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