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Director's Memo 2023-9-25

Monday, September 25, 2023

CareerTech director on Workforce Education Power List

The Journal Record has included Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Brent Haken on its 2023 Workforce Education Power List, along with several others in the Oklahoma CareerTech System.

The people on the list “are doing their part to ensure that Oklahoma’s workforce is thriving in an ever-changing economic landscape,” the newspaper wrote.

In addition to Haken, the list includes Morgan Gould, Great Plains Technology Center; Kirsten Lindsay Francis Tuttle Technology Center; David C. Martin, Metro Technology Centers; Joe Steele, Meridian Technology Center; and Sarah Weeks, Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

Read more on The Journal Record website.


CT Conversations focuses on adult education

Oklahoma CareerTech Conversations recently talked with Letha Bauter, federal legislation manager at Oklahoma CareerTech.

The conversation focused on adult education and family literacy, including high school equivalency and literacy classes and employment preparation help.

Watch the video on the Oklahoma CareerTech YouTube channel and learn more about adult education and family literacy on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech Champion: Chisholm Trail Milling -- Autry Technology Center

Graison Gill knows a thing or two about bread. The former owner of a popular New Orleans bakery was a finalist for the James Beard Outstanding Baker Award in 2020; at that time Gill was making about 10,000 loaves of bread a week.

After making delicious breads and pastries for more than a decade, Gill decided he could make them even better if he had better ingredients. Especially flour. He knew his bread was only as good as the flour that went into it, so he decided to start grinding his own.

After looking for an experienced wheat grower to partner with, he ultimately connected with Oklahoma State University farmer and agricultural entrepreneur Brady Sidwell. The two men decided to create a wheat mill in Oklahoma that would preserve the heritage of the state’s wheat, celebrate Oklahoma’s soil and produce good tasting, healthy flour.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Pontotoc Tech students film football games

Pontotoc Technology Center information technology students are getting hands-on experience through a partnership with Ada High School and East Central University, reported KTEN News.

The students are filming football games for both Ada High School and ECU and also editing weekly highlight reels, the TV station reported. They also provide video services during games for instant replay and produce pre-game videos.

Read more about their work on the KTEN website.


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Last Modified on Sep 25, 2023
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