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Director's Memo 2024-6-17

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tickets on sale for Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame banquet

The Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation has opened ticket sales for its Hall of Fame banquet in October, when the foundation will honor six inductees.

This year’s Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Hall of Fame inductees are Tom Friedemann, Randy Gilbert, Velta Reed-Johnston, Denise Morris, Joe Robinson and Jack Staats. Banquet tickets and sponsorships are available at

“Oklahoma is home to the best CareerTech system in the nation, and these six Hall of Fame honorees contributed much to the vision that has shaped career and technology education in Oklahoma,” said CareerTech State Director Brent Haken. “Each of these honorees played starring roles in the state’s journey to becoming the best in career and technology education. They have advanced the mission of CareerTech in unique and extraordinary ways.”

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


One-time appropriation gives FFA Leadership Camp a new lease

Legislation funding much-needed renovations of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Leadership Camp, located near Wagoner, has been signed into law.

House Bill 2927 grants a one-time $9.5 million appropriation to improve housing options at the camp and purchase maintenance equipment for the buildings and grounds. The alumni camp, which began 52 years ago, has been held at the Wagoner location for over four decades. Six other Oklahoma CareerTech student organizations utilize the property as well, but deteriorating conditions recently forced FFA to relocate its leadership event.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, is an FFA alum and former FFA camp student director who coauthored HB2927. He said the campground is synonymous with the alumni camp experience.

Read more on the Oklahoma House of Representatives website.


ODCTE employees receive awards

Oklahoma CareerTech employees received Spotlight Awards and Rising Star awards during the agency’s spring staff meeting.

Receiving awards were Jerry Greenwood, Ashley Rink, Rebecca Saxon, Barrett Richardson, Brenna Long, Brittany Crane-Hodge, the facility and logistic services division and the STEM division.

Read more about the employees and their exceptional work on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Metro Tech Aviation Campus hosts open house

Metro Technology Centers will host an open house Friday at its Aviation Campus at Will Rogers World Airport.

The event, from 10 a.m. to noon, is celebrating the completion of extensive renovations at the campus, which houses Metro Tech’s day and evening aviation maintenance technician programs for adult students.

Read more about the event and the campus and RSVP on Metro Tech’s website.


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Last Modified on Jun 18, 2024
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