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Francis Tuttle Students Receive Lemelson-MIT Program InvenTeam Grant

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Francis Tuttle instructor Brad Sanders.

A team of Francis Tuttle Technology Center engineering, biosciences and medicine students is one of 14 InvenTeams nationwide to receive grants up to $10,000 from the Lemelson-MIT Program. The grants fund original inventions addressing local and worldwide problems.

Francis Tuttle’s InvenTeam of nine high school students led by instructors Brad Sanders and Jared Keester was awarded the $10,000 grant to fund its proposed invention that would disinfect airport bins of harmful bacteria and viruses.

“Our students applied incredible creativity and ingenuity throughout the application process,” said Sanders. “They identified a global threat to public health and proposed a clear and achievable way to solve it. We are honored to have been selected and are excited to get to work.”

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams are teams of high school students, educators and mentors that receive grants of up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The national InvenTeam initiative aims to inspire a new generation of inventors and encourage an inventive culture in schools and communities.

Oklahoma CareerTech Develops World-Class Workforce

Thelogo Oklahoma Career and Technology Education System focuses every day on developing a world-class workforce.

“Oklahoma CareerTech partners with business and educational institutions to enhance career awareness, increase educational attainment and meet the needs of our state,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education state director. “CareerTech is an integral part of Oklahoma’s economy.”

The Oklahoma CareerTech System is celebrating CareerTech Education Month in February. Gov. Kevin Stitt recently issued a proclamation declaring this month as Career and Technical Education Appreciation Month in Oklahoma.

Stitt has called Oklahoma CareerTech “a system that has been nimble and robust in helping us train the workforce.”

The CareerTech System delivers educational experiences through a network of 394 PK-12 school districts, 29 technology center districts, 16 skills center sites in correctional facilities and 32 adult basic education providers. In fiscal year 2019, CareerTech’s enrollments totaled more than 550,000, and CareerTech System graduates added more than $3.5 billion to Oklahoma’s economy.

The 29 technology center districts have 58 campuses that offer career training to high school and adult students, along with training and assistance for Oklahoma’s businesses and industries.

High school students can attend the technology centers in their districts for free, learning skills that will help them land good jobs after school and also position them to continue their education after graduation. Certifications earned through CareerTech courses give students entrance into higher-paying careers, which can also help them pursue higher education without incurring excessive debt.

Adult students at technology centers can learn new skills and earn certificates and credentials to get jobs, change careers or advance in their current careers. In FY18, CareerTech students earned 19,566 industry-endorsed certificates, showing that they have the skills Oklahoma’s industries need.

In Oklahoma’s comprehensive school districts, 35 percent of sixth through 12th grade students — and almost half of ninth through 12th grade students — enrolled in CareerTech courses: agricultural education; business and information technology education; family and consumer sciences education; health careers education; marketing education; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and trade and industrial education.

More than 82,000 students also learned leadership skills as members of co-curricular CareerTech student organizations: FFA; Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America; SkillsUSA; Technology Student Association; Business Professionals of America; HOSA; and DECA.

In addition, 3,356 CareerTech students in comprehensive schools and technology centers were honored for their work be achieving membership in the National Technical Honor Society.

In 2019, CareerTech also expanded OK Career Guide, its statewide career development education system, to include Galaxy, which introduces career awareness to pre-K through fifth grade students.

Oklahoma CareerTech helps provide qualified employees for the state’s businesses and industries by preparing state residents for successful careers, but it also provides direct services business and industry.

CareerTech’s Business and Industry Services Division helped more than 8,000 companies increase their profitability in FY19 with increased sales, higher productivity, reduced costs and expanded operations and helped companies move to and start in Oklahoma and provided training for 2,527 new jobs. Also, the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network helped state companies secure more than $550 million in contracts.

CareerTech also has a presence in state correctional facilities through a partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Instructors in the Skills Centers School System teach inmates and juvenile offenders work and life skills that help keep them in the workforce and out of the corrections system after their release. In FY19, more than 2,000 people were enrolled in skills centers, and positive placement — employment, continuing education or military — was 89.21 percent.

The CareerTech System also helps those who dropped out of high school earn diplomas and gain skills to enter the workforce through the dropout recovery program. In FY19, 367 people earned a high school diploma through the program.

ODCTE also oversees Oklahoma’s adult basic education program, which includes 32 providers offering high school equivalency programs and tests along with English literacy and civics courses at 111 sites. In FY19, 12,647 students enrolled in CareerTech’s adult basic education programs.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 58 campuses, 394 comprehensive school districts, 16 skills centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 32 adult basic education service providers.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

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EOC Tech Engine Build Team Members Place First in National Competition

 

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EOC Tech’s engine build team placed first in the National Performing Racing Industry competition.

The automotive engine build team members in Jim LaFevers’ automotive program at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center gained national attention when they placed first in the National Performing Racing Industry competition Dec. 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Team members Trace Davidson, Collin Dobson, Brenton Price, Braden Springer and Tyler Wilson averaged the weekend with a 16:43 time, finishing the competition with a time of 16:11.  This marks the third year that EOC Tech students have left Indianapolis with the national title.

“Our first run was a 16:08 clean build, second run was a 17:54, third run was a 16:11,” LaFevers said. “Nobody else ran in the 17 minutes; they were 18 or higher.”

The persistent hard work and early morning practices gave students the confidence and skills to perform well at the national level.

“Students came to the shop every morning at 7:30 a.m. for the two weeks before the competition to practice and just really give it their all,” LaFevers said.

Although the team is back home in Oklahoma, members continue to work hard toward their goals, paving the way to their future careers. The team collectively earned $150,000 in scholarship funds, and each member received $30,000. With the money set aside toward their education, students are able to continue their training, if they choose to.

“I graduated from the Automotive program at EOC Tech last year, and I will start my training at the Universal Technical Institute in North Carolina in January,” team captain Collin Dobson said.

The $30,000 scholarship fund covers the cost and allows Dobson to study at UTI and focus on his future after he is finished with school.

“I want to eventually be a part of a NASCAR team pit crew after I finish school,” Dobson said.

The engine build team allowed students the opportunity to work as a team, perform under pressure and learn the importance of a hard work ethic, but students credit their success, love of their field and excitement for their future careers to Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center.

“Everything I know about the automotive field, I’ve learned here at EOC Tech,” Dobson said. “I’ve been able to be involved in SkillsUSA and UTI’s Top Tech Challenge in addition to the engine build team, and I have a full ride. I feel prepared for my future thanks to Mr. LaFevers and all the other staff members.”

The younger members of the team, like Trace Davidson and Tyler Wilson who will be returning to EOC Tech next year, look forward to being on campus and continuing their training.

“I like how the training in the program is hands-on and I get to go out in the shop. I’m not just sitting in a classroom,” Wilson said. “The teachers are professional and friendly.”

LaFevers said he is proud of this year’s team and their dedication to their trade.

“This Team and the automotive program in general set the students up for success,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group.”

CareerTech Champions

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Start-up company receives national grants for space-age technology.

THEN: Four scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs operating a business out of Saravan Kumar’s house. They developed a proprietary platform that allowed them to recreate various gravitational environments for space-based research. They pitched the idea to NASA, who suggested they apply that same technology to something with a broader market. That led them to explore what other industries might need the same technology.

In 2012, the group moved its business, MaxQ, into the Meridian Technology Center for Business Development.

Meridian Tech’s business incubator program:

  • Allowed MaxQ to customize its office and lab space to meet development and production needs.
  • Offered coaching on real-life business scenarios.
  • Consulted with the group on market research and establishing a customer base.
  • Helped MaxQ secure grants from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and the National Science Foundation.

NOW: MaxQ has patented the MaxPlus thermal control solution, which allows blood and other biological products such as nerve graphs, bone marrow and stem cells to be transported in precise temperature-regulated pack-outs. MaxQ’s lightweight, impact-resistant insulated shipping containers are 10 times more insulating, 20 percent lighter, and 10 times more impact-resistant than Styrofoam.

MaxQ recently received a grant for applied research from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
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CareerTech Champions

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Lana Anderson lectures to Intro to Manufacturing class at Henniges Automotive.

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CareerTech partnership is driving force behind auto parts manufacturer.

THEN: In the tiny town of Frederick, Oklahoma, Henniges Automotive manufactures parts for companies like GM, Ford and BMW. It’s a thriving company that has been around for four decades. With only 4,000 people living in the blue collar community, however, it has been tough to find enough qualified employees to keep up with the company’s growth.

Henniges recently formed a partnership with Great Plains Technology Center, and together they created an Intro to Manufacturing class that is offered several times a year. Great Plains hosts the class, as well as

  • Helping recruit new students.
  • Providing an instructor for six hours of safety training.
  • Providing teaching assistance for the certification instructor (who had no previous classroom experience).

Working with Great Plains, the novice certification instructor was able to build a class schedule, create a syllabus and make a smooth transition into teaching.

NOW: The manufacturing class has helped Henniges reduce both turnover and absenteeism. Having employees who pay for the six-week certification class shows their commitment to the job. It also increases the employees’ knowledge once they’re hired.

“The safety training allows new employees to help maintain the culture of safety expected in the plant.”

Chase Massie, Henniges human resources manager

Online Professional Development Available for Educators

careertech master educatorOklahoma CareerTech is excited to introduce professional development that fits educators’ schedules and needs.

CareerTech’s Master Educator is an online professional development management system designed to inspire continuous learning through a variety of online courses while also giving individuals the opportunity to track and manage their personal professional development. Course topics range from instructional strategies and classroom management to coaching skills and avoiding burnout. We also have more than 7,000 courses from LinkedIn Learning.

Educators can earn professional development hours that may assist with certification and enhance their professional abilities.

For more information, contact Jennifer Wehrenberg at jennifer.wehrenberg@careertech.ok.gov or 405-743-5155.

High Plains Tech, Panhandle State and Guymon Public Schools Break Ground on Training Center

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High Plains Technology Center, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Guymon Public Schools received a federal $1.5 million grant for a joint welding technology training center in Guymon.

The three educational entities recently broke ground on the center in the Guymon Industrial Park. Students in the center will be able to earn welding certificates from High Plains while also taking academic classes at Panhandle State toward associate or bachelor’s degrees.

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