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Director's Memo 2024-5-13

Monday, May 13, 2024

Oklahoma Summit registration opens

Registration for the 57th annual Oklahoma Summit opened May 1.

Oklahoma Summit is a joint conference between Oklahoma CareerTech and Oklahoma ACTE. The conference hosts all CareerTech associated individuals from across the state. More than 4,000 people attend each year for networking and professional development.

This year’s conference will be Aug. 1-2 at the Tulsa Cox Business Convention Center and will include more than 30 concurrent sessions, along with the general session and the Oklahoma Summit Exhibition.

Learn more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website or the OkACTE website.


17 graduate from Teaching to Lead

Seventeen CareerTech instructors graduated this month from Oklahoma CareerTech’s 2023-24 Teaching to Lead.

Teaching to Lead has two programs: T2L Induction and T2L Cohort for Learning. Both include a mentor and instructional coach and instructional coaching visits.

T2L Cohort for Learning provides a unique quick start opportunity to beginning career and technology teachers who do not hold degrees in teacher education. It gives beginning teachers critical classroom strategies and foundational skills proved to be effective in today’s CareerTech classroom.

T2L Cohort for Learning is a coaching and mentoring program that provides support to help guide new teachers through the first year and, if needed, the second year.

Learn more about T2L on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


28 graduate from 2023-24 TechCENT$

Twenty-eight people from 13 technology centers and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education graduated from TechCENT$ this year.

TechCENT$ is a training program for current or potential technology center financial services staff. It provides them with opportunities to learn about tech center financial processes and systems and allows them to develop a network for sharing best practices with colleagues across the state.

Topics during sessions included the technology center funding formula, school law, board policy and ethics, flexible benefits allowance and the cost per program report.


Autry Tech team advances to national finals

Autry Technology Center’s advanced manufacturing team has earned a spot in the final four of the 2024 National Advanced Manufacturing Competition Series, which is organized by Project MFG.

Team members are from the computerized machining program and the welding technology program. They competed against teams from more than 80 schools nationwide to win their spot in the national competition in Charlotte, North Carolina, this month.

The first place team will receive $100,000.

Read more on the Enid News & Eagle website.


Useful links

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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 May 13, 2024
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