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Director's Memo 2024-4-9

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Skills Centers video preview released

Did you know Oklahoma CareerTech is an integral part of inmate education through its Skills Centers?

The CareerTech Skills Centers School System is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Skills Centers specialize in the delivery of career and technology education to inmates under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and juveniles under the supervision of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.

The Skills Centers division is also responsible for Oklahoma’s secondary dropout recovery initiatives.

The CareerTech communications and marketing team recently received access to three of our 16 Skills Centers sites to produce a video series about the tremendous impact of these programs. This video is a first look into the broader project.


10 complete CareerTech’s BisCert Pro training

Ten workforce and economic development professionals from across Oklahoma recently completed Oklahoma CareerTech's BisCert Pro training.

BisCert Pro is a professional development program designed for coordinators, managers and directors of business and industry services; workforce and economic development; and adult and career development.

Participants attended sessions at Oklahoma CareerTech, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Meridian Technology Center South Campus and Gordon Cooper Technology Center. They participated in strengths-based training; communication sessions; workforce and economic development partnership training; and best practices sessions.

Pictured are, from left, Jacob Poole, Kiamichi Tech; Whitney Blaylock, Oklahoma CareerTech; Mauri Riggs, Canadian Valley Tech; Jason Wallace, Northwest Tech; Julie Griffin, Meridian Tech; Cynthia Gibbs, Kiamichi Tech; Ryan Zaloudek, Autry Tech; Kevin Barber, Francis Tuttle Tech; Bethanye Smith, Moore Norman Tech; Ryan Dunn, Central Tech; and Justin Siler, Oklahoma CareerTech. Not pictured is Tina Fitzgerald, Moore Norman Tech.


High Plains Tech announces first Beaver County class

High Plains Technology Center will start its first class in Beaver County in July.

Beaver County voters approved annexation into the High Plains Tech district in January.

The tech center will open a long-term care aide course in Beaver on July 15. More information is available on the High Plains Tech website.


Metro Tech DECA chapter to be nationally recognized

Metro Technology Centers’ DECA chapter and the Lakeside Cafe, the chapter’s school-based enterprise, have earned gold-level certification for the 2023-24 school year.

The chapter will be recognized at the DECA International Career Development Conference in California later this month.

The Lakeside Cafe on Metro Tech’s Springlake Campus is staffed by the tech center’s entrepreneurship students, who prepare and serve snack food and drinks.

Read more on the Metro Tech website.


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State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education

OK Career Guide

OK Career Guide Training Opportunities

CareerTech Curriculum


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Last Modified on Apr 09, 2024
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