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Director's Memo 2024-1-23

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Manufacturing a workforce: OMA partners and CareerTech instructors collaborate

Industry partners from the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and CareerTech instructors convened Nov. 14 at Ditch Witch/TORO’s home office and manufacturing plant in Perry for a day of learning and collaboration.

They discussed the prevalence of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in middle and high school curricula and its importance to maintaining a qualified manufacturing workforce.

Learn more in an Oklahoma CareerTech video.


Tulsa World endorses CareerTech budget request

The Tulsa World recently called on Oklahoma legislators to increase CareerTech funding to allow more students into the system, which would in turn boost Oklahoma’s workforce and economy.

Oklahoma CareerTech has asked for an increase of approximately 25 percent in its budget. The additional money would help expand programs to reduce or erase a waitlist of 7,500 Oklahomans who want to study in CareerTech programs.

Approving the funding would provide the workers many Oklahoma businesses have said they can’t find, the Tulsa World wrote, adding that CareerTech’s budget increase should be one of the first things legislators approve.

Read more on the Tulsa World’s website.


Pioneer Tech ambulance simulator enhances EMT training

Pioneer Technology Center is using an ambulance simulator that mirrors the layout of an actual ambulance to train EMT and paramedic students.

The simulator has all the essential equipment found in an ambulance and includes audio and video that allows instructors to monitor students in emergency scenarios.

“The simulator is a game-changer for our EMT and paramedic offerings,” said Kahle Goff, executive director of full-time programs at PTC. “It provides an engaging and realistic training environment that prepares our students for the dynamic challenges they'll face in the field.”

Read more about the simulator on the Pioneer Tech website.


Francis Tuttle students qualify for Adobe Certified Professional national championship

Two students at Francis Tuttle Technology Center have qualified to represent Oklahoma at the Adobe Certified Professional U.S. National championship in Orlando, Florida, in June.

Grayson Schlabach, a home school student, and Sophia Yates, a student at Edmond North High School, earned a spot in the national competition through an earlier contest in the fall. The top three winners of the national championship will have the chance to compete in Certiport’s 2024 Adobe Certified Professional World Championship in Anaheim, California.

Read more in Francis Tuttle Tech’s report.


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Last Modified on Jan 24, 2024
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