More than 3,700 CareerTech employees converged on the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City for the 50th annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference. The conference is held annually in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.
“This annual professional development conference gives our CareerTech personnel the opportunity to learn about the latest technology, practices and resources to continue to provide excellent training and education throughout our system,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director.
Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators and staff members met with colleagues from across the state to discuss ideas and advancements in CareerTech education and to learn what they can do to make the system even better.
“What makes this professional development conference such a success every year is the strength of the partnership between our state association and the state CareerTech staff. These two groups have worked together for many years to create this valuable learning experience for our CareerTech teachers and staff,” said Skye McNiel, executive director of OkACTE.
Mack and McNiel both spoke during the conference’s opening general session, along with Ben Glenn, a motivational speaker known as the Simple ADHD Expert and The Chalkguy, and Jeff Hume, vice chairman of strategic growth initiatives at Continental Resources Inc. Also, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister presented the State Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in CareerTech Education.
At this year’s conference Tyson Sullins, Welding Instructor at the Kiamichi Technology Center’s Spiro Campus was selected as OkACTE’s Outstanding New Professional. Tyson will receive an all expense paid trip to ACTE’s Vision 2017 Conference in Nashville, Tenn. in December.
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