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Director's Memo 2024-3-18

Monday, March 18, 2024

Why STEM is important in Oklahoma

CareerTech talked to KOCO-TV on Pi Day last week about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

More students are getting interested at a young age in STEM, which includes a lot of different areas and careers, said Angela Teeman, a STEM program specialist at Oklahoma CareerTech.

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 for the first three digits of pi, 3.14.

Watch the video on KOCO’s website.


CareerTech Foundation awards $89,840 in scholarships

The Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation recently awarded more than $89,000 in scholarships to 194 postsecondary students in Oklahoma.

The foundation distributed $89,840 in Otha Grimes scholarships to students attending Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers. Scholarships ranged from $300 to $600 per student.

“Oklahoma CareerTech and the CareerTech Foundation are proud to be able to support students continuing their education and preparing for their careers in our technology centers around the state,” said Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Brent Haken.

The scholarships, which are awarded twice a year, are used for school expenses and may be released to students after their balances have been paid for the semester. The scholarships are available to adult students who are Oklahoma residents enrolled in programs at Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Oklahoma CareerTech students, teacher win NCWIT Aspirations in Computing awards

Two Oklahoma CareerTech students and an instructor received awards from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Two more students received honorable mentions.

Alexia Cross, Atoka Public Schools Technology Student Association, and Yasmina Bruton, Tri County Technology Center TSA, both received NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. David Swift, TSA adviser at Atoka Public Schools, received the AiC Educator Award.

In addition, Rachel Maltz and Ruby Miller, both with Atoka Public Schools TSA, received honorable mentions.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Central Tech employee named to nursing board

Curtis Baker, practical nursing coordinator at Central Technology Center, has been named to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

He was appointed to the position of Gov. Kevin Stitt. He will serve on the board for five years.

Baker earned degrees, including a doctorate in nursing, from Seminole Junior College, East Central University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Phoenix.

“As an educator, I am committed to ensuring that our educational programs meet rigorous standards and accountability and our nurses uphold professional integrity in every aspect of care. Serving on the board allows me to give back to the profession that has given so much to me and to help safeguard the health and well-being of my family,” Baker said.

Read more on Central Tech’s website.


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