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Director's Memo 2024-6-10

Thursday, June 13, 2024

TSA students showcase creations, collaboration

Technology Student Association members from across Oklahoma showcased their skills at the VEX Robotics competition in April.

The students gathered at Moore Norman Technology Center to compete with their creations and to meet other TSA students from across the state. These competitions are designed to foster collegiality among students with a broad interest in STEM education and careers.

Learn more in an Oklahoma CareerTech video on the CareerTech YouTube page.


Tri County receives national recognition

Tri County Technology Center has been named a 2023-24 Project Lead The Way Distinguished School.

It is one of a few hundred schools across the United States to receive the honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW computer science, biomedical science and engineering programs. PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs.

“Innovation isn’t just a buzzword here; it’s the ethos of our educators, driving transformative learning at every turn,” said Tri County Tech Superintendent Tammie Strobel. “I’m so proud of the hard work and creativity our instructors put into our STEM-related programs.”

Read more on Tri County Tech’s website.


Choose Aerospace students transition into workforce

Oklahoma Choose Aerospace students are moving into employment with skills they learned through their schools using the free curriculum.

In 2023, Oklahoma CareerTech partnered with Choose Aerospace to provide free aerospace curriculum to CareerTech programs high schools and technology centers around the state.

Putnam City High School students who graduated from Choose Aerospace are moving into the workforce and continuing education in several ways: one is working at JetSet; two are working at Aerovets Aviation; one is working at AAR, where he worked part-time all year; one is entering Metro Tech, where he plans to earn airframe and powerplant certification; and one has a scholarship to the U.S. Air Force summer camp.

In addition, AAR has expanded its work-based learning program for Choose Aerospace students from four last summer to 10 this summer. The company uses CareerTech’s partnership with Express Employment Professionals to employ the students.

Tulsa Technology Center will host a three-day Choose Aerospace teacher training this month. Teachers will receive industry contacts to support the program, an overview of career opportunities available to students, training on the curriculum platform and insights into hands-on projects that complement computer-assisted training.

For information about the Choose Aerospace curriculum or teacher training, visit the Choose Aerospace website.


Oklahomans win NTHS scholarships

Several Oklahoma CareerTech students have won scholarships from the National Technical Honor Society.

CareerTech student organization members receiving scholarships are Deacon Kraft, Moore Norman Technology Center, SkillsUSA, and Maggie Battles, Central Technology Center, Business Professionals of America.

In addition, 19 Oklahoma students received Jon H. Poteat scholarships: Terrance Wright, Nathalie Paredes Rodriguez, Michael Mohamad, Alexus Wood, Claudia Rodriguez Ortiz and Katia Espino Vieira Lopes, Tulsa Tech; Bryson White and Daniel Corpuz, Moore Norman Tech; John Rider, Canadian Valley Tech; Aubree McDaniel, Atoka High School; Rylann O’Bannion, Tri County Tech; Sara Abdullah, Francis Tuttle Tech; Madison Dodson and Noah Gentry, Wes Watkins Tech; Josilynn Moore and Matthew Breske, Gordon Cooper Tech; Jana Ismail, Meridian Tech; and Anahi Sierra and Graciela Lopez, Indian Capital Tech.


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State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education

OK Career Guide

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CareerTech Curriculum


Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. -- Arthur Ashe
Last Modified on Jun 13, 2024
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