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Director's Memo 2024-2-26

Monday, February 26, 2024

Tech centers honor local businesses

Oklahoma CareerTech’s technology centers honored industry partners at the annual Partners in Progress celebration recently.

The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers presented awards to 28 businesses that were recognized for making outstanding contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of Oklahoma’s tech centers.

Since 2003, Oklahoma tech centers have annually named local businesses and industries as Partners in Progress, recognizing them for a commitment to the tech centers and Oklahoma students.

“As we honor these businesses for their outstanding contributions to our technology centers today, it's clear that partnerships between Oklahoma CareerTech and local companies are invaluable,” said Brent Haken, CareerTech state director. “CareerTech's leadership in workforce development shines through these partnerships, preparing students with the skills needed to thrive in today's competitive job market. With CareerTech education in high demand, it's imperative that we receive the necessary support to continue meeting this demand and driving economic growth statewide.”


CareerTech Champion: Elizabeth Crafton - Skills Centers

Once she passes her journeyman test, Elizabeth Crafton plans to be a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician. The Oklahoma City woman may have some gender barriers to contend with in the male-dominated HVAC industry, but Crafton has spent several years breaking down barriers, and this one should be easy.

Crafton has been doing HVAC and electric work for several years in the maintenance department at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, the minimum-security prison in Taft, Oklahoma, where she was incarcerated.

“I absolutely love working in the trades,” Crafton said. “I love the empowerment it gives a woman.”

Crafton graduated from the licensed trades program in the CareerTech Skills Center at Eddie Warrior. There, she learned safety skills like how to handle acetylene gas and oxygen. She said her instructors emphasized the importance of OSHA and stressed to students that protecting their lives is more important than getting the job done.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


For Counselors Only Conference celebrates 20 years

The annual For Counselors Only Conference will celebrate 20 years when Oklahoma school counseling professionals meet March 14 at Tulsa Technology Center’s Owasso Campus.

The event is a collaboration among Oklahoma CareerTech, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

It will feature sessions on a variety of topics important to school counselors, along with a chance for attendees to network and visit with exhibitors.

For more information about the conference, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Learn more about Connect 2 Business

Connect 2 Business, a component of OK Career Guide, helps Oklahoma teachers, students and adults build relationships with business and industry in their communities.

Students and adults can find career opportunities, teachers can find speakers for classes and student organizations, and businesses can find potential employees. Business owners can create custom profiles, post opportunities, track views and user interest in their posts.

A video on the Oklahoma CareerTech website explains more about how the platform works.



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Last Modified on Feb 26, 2024