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Director's Memo 2023-8-14

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Pinnell: CareerTech a pipeline for workforce development

Oklahoma businesses are looking for qualified workers, and the CareerTech System can help provide that, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell wrote in a recent column.

Pinnell, who has been Oklahoma’s lieutenant governor since 2019, was recently named secretary of workforce development. He wrote about the challenges facing Oklahoma companies, many of which are looking for an available and qualified workforce.

Oklahoma CareerTech can help businesses in the state create “a workforce pipeline uniquely trained for their specific needs,” Pinnell wrote.

Read more on the Tulsa World website.


Francis Tuttle student wins world championship

Francis Tuttle Technology Center student Kayla Crossen-Zawila won the gold medal at the 2023 Certiport Adobe Certified Professional World Championship.

Crossen-Zawila earned her spot in the world championships when she won a silver medal in the U.S. National Championship earlier this summer. She joined 43 other world finalists who were tasked with designing a poster for the International Rescue Committee in less than eight hours.

Crossen-Zawila is a student in Francis Tuttle’s 2D animation program.

For more about the competition, visit the Certiport website.


FFA national honors announced

The National FFA has announced the 2023 Agriscience Fair, National Chapter and Proficiency finalists, and a lot of Oklahoma students are on the lists.

In the 2023 National FFA Agricultural Proficiency competition, Oklahoma has 20 national finalist teams, who will continue in the competition; 12 gold medals; 10 silver medals; and one bronze medal. In the Agriscience Fair competition, Oklahoma has seven bronze awards and 28 national finalist teams.

Oklahoma also has nine National Chapter finalists, 26 three-star chapters and 10 two-star chapters.

The 96th National FFA Convention and Expo will be Nov. 1-4 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Tech centers help fill auto repair worker void

The United States needs more auto repair technicians, according to an article in The Journal Record, and the shortage will continue to grow.

Oklahoma’s technology centers are working to fill that gap, however.

Charles Lawson, automotive service technology instructor at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, told the newspaper that the tech center’s graduates find jobs quickly, and many begin working while they are still in school.

Read more on The Journal Record website.


CareerTech Testing Center featured in case study

Questionmark, an assessment software platform, has highlighted Oklahoma CareerTech in a case study focusing on how ODCTE uses the company’s testing software platform to handle requirements of a diverse customer base.

The CareerTech Testing Center works with CareerTech programs, other Oklahoma state agencies and out-of-state career and technology education programs to provide testing services. CTTC uses the software to respond to those needs and still focus on test security and data compartmentalization.

Read the case study on the Questionmark website.


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