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Director's Memo 2023-9-11

Monday, September 11, 2023

CareerTech plays role in booming film industry

Oklahoma CareerTech’s newest video takes a look at the state’s booming film industry and CareerTech’s role in training workers.

In part 1 of a three-part series, industry leaders weigh in on why productions continue to flock to Oklahoma, the need to train a responsive workforce and how CareerTech is helping provide workers.

See the video on the Oklahoma CareerTech YouTube channel.


CareerTech News debuts

Oklahoma CareerTech has launched a biweekly news show featuring news and events from across the state.

The first episode contains information about Choose Aerospace, the CareerTech Hall of Fame, Project Lead The Way and Gabriel Lewis. Watch on the CareerTech News YouTube playlist.


School security grants available

Oklahoma schools can apply for grants from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to improve campus safety and security.

Tech centers, public schools, private schools and higher education campuses can apply for the grants of up to $50,000 to enhance physical security. The application deadline is Sept. 30.

For more information and an application packet, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Your Place in Space Challenge opens

The U.S. Department of Education is inviting career and technology education students to enter the Your Place in Space Challenge this fall.

Teams can submit designs for products or services that will contribute to space missions and explorations, and up to 10 winners will receive $5,000 and prizes such as space-related classroom equipment or supplies, visits to space company campuses and interations with leaders in the space industry.

The deadline to submit designs is Oct. 30.

For more information, visit the CTE Momentum Your Place in Space Challenge website.


ONR highlights CareerTech training in aerospace, auto mechanics

A recent episode of OETA’s “Oklahoma News Report” put a spotlight on Oklahoma CareerTech’s efforts to bring more workers into the aerospace and auto mechanics fields.

Through Choose Aerospace, CareerTech is providing free curriculum to high schools and technology centers. Choose Aerospace is a nonprofit organization of aerospace industry stakeholders and is managed by the Aviation Technician Education Council. The aviation curriculum is designed to place students on the path to FAA mechanic certification.

CareerTech’s technology centers are also working to fill the demand for new auto mechanics, thousands of whom will be needed every year through 2026 to keep up with demand.

Watch the segments on the ONR YouTube page -- Choose Aerospace and auto mechanics -- or watch the entire Aug. 18 episode on the ONR website.


Useful links

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OklahomaCareerTech and on Instagram at oklahomacareertech and read our blog, Oklahoma CareerTech Delivers. Find our podcast at and watch our biweekly news show and other videos on our YouTube channel.

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

OK Career Guide

OK Career Guide Training Opportunities

CareerTech Curriculum


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Last Modified on Sep 11, 2023
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