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.
About Max Q:

Stillwater’s MaxQ Research is good example of Oklahoma innovation

http://www.packmaxq.com/

CareerTech Champions

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

Henniges Automotive – Great Plains Technology Center

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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Central Tech Training Facility a Model for Other States

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Central Technology Center opened Oklahoma’s first oil and gas pipeline and storage training facility in 2011 to meet the training needs of the industry.

The oil and gas industry has a growing need of well-trained and highly skilled workers.

Central Tech’s programs help fill that need in several ways:

  • Provide employees with OQ certifications necessary to work in the oil and gas industry.
  • Provide students with a career pathway to benefit their future.
  • Aid companies in expanding their workforce.
  • Assist small companies in obtaining certifications.
  • Provide security and safety training to maintain Oklahoma’s safe work environments.

The training facilities include a fully simulated oil and gas storage facility with control center monitoring; pipeline maintenance equipment; CAT backhoe and excavator simulators; and computer systems.

CareerTech Podcast: “It Takes A Community”

What is your greatest accomplishment? Did you do it alone, or did you get help fromHorizon2 your friends, family, or people in your community?

In this episode of CareerTech Horizon, we take a deep dive into Adult Basic Education, and share the stories of Oklahomans who turned their lives around, thanks to the right people helping, supporting, and advocating for them.

  • A mother, stressed from working dead-end jobs, who decided to go back to school, just as her child started her first day of school.
  • An adult-learning organization in Ardmore, expanding their reach in a short time, thanks to their enthusiastic staff, and the cereal boxes that immortalize their success stories.
  • How education plays an integral role in state inmates’ re-entry into society.

You can follow us on Twitter @CT_Horizon, or look for us on Facebook.

You can also visit our website, cthorizon.org for show notes, and soon, bonus content, “Beyond Your Horizon.”

 

 

 

 

CareerTech Champions

Each year, thousands of Oklahomans reap the benefits provided by Career and Technology Education. CareerTech Champions tell the story of how individuals apply learning to become successful employees, entrepreneurs and leaders in business organizations.

Tanner Thomas – Meridian Technology Center and TSA

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Tanner Thomas

Engineering student gets a head start on his college plans.

THEN: Engineering has been his passion since he joined the Technology Student Association as a sixth grader. By eighth grade, Tanner Thomas was already an officer, and he served at the state level for four years, including state president during his junior year at Stillwater High School.

When Tanner enrolled in Meridian Technology Center’s pre-engineering program, he combined his love of engineering with his love of chemistry and physics. But when he learned he would have to give up music to make it all fit, he signed up for online classes so he could continue to play saxophone in his high school band. Tanner received first chair honors in soprano, alto and baritone saxophone in the All-State band in his sophomore and junior years.

Through TSA’s many leadership activities, Tanner learned

  • How to work well with others.
  • Presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Valuable study skills.

Tanner said he used his presentation and public speaking skills to compete in essay and speech competitions. Last year, his essay for Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour contest earned him a trip to Washington D.C. He also applied those skills to political campaigns for school clubs and organizations such as TSA.

“Learning to clearly and effectively communicate my ideas helped me not only as a state officer,” he said, “but also in school projects and life situations such as interviews, meetings and speeches.”

NOW: He is currently a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and was honored with Distinction in Advanced Placement/Project Lead The Way. His dream is to attend Northwestern University next year, double-majoring in saxophone performance and engineering.

“If you want to be successful, you have to start now. Opportunities don’t present themselves; you have to look for them.” Tanner Thomas

 

ODCTE Offers Career Planning Resources

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Not sure how to research an occupation or plan your education to your chosen career? Need some help planning your job search, like preparing your resume or learning interviewing tips? OK Career Guide, Oklahoma’s statewide career system supported by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, can help.

The online system, which launched Aug. 21, 2015, is built specifically for Oklahoma. It serves a wide audience and provides data to administrators. Oklahoma schools and all Oklahomans have access to the online tool at no cost.

OK Career Guide allows users to achieve the following:

  • Develop career awareness.
  • Develop individual career plans.
  • Create online portfolios.
  • Take assessments.
  • Explore careers.
  • Research and link to post-secondary schools.
  • Locate scholarships.
  • Set career goals.
  • Connect to business and industry.
  • Build resumes and cover letters.
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