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Metro Technology Centers Earn Top Honors at Annual Conference | Community

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Oklahoma City – The 55th The recent annual Oklahoma Academic Career Tech Education (OKACTE) Summit Conference in Tulsa brought together more than 4,000 professionals to network, develop and recognize those who have contributed to career tech’s success. .

Metro Technology Centers were recognized as 22 Gold Star schools.nd Several district officials, including the Vice Superintendent of Education, received top honors this year.

Assistant Superintendent, David Martinreceived the OKACTE Arch Alexander Award, one of CareerTech’s highest honors awarded each year.

Martin, who has worked at Metro Technology Centers for 24 years, said he never expected to receive such an award. “This is a huge honor and something we share with the entire Metro Tech family,” said Martin.

The Arch Alexander Award recognizes career tech educators who have made significant contributions to the development of career tech education programs in Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma’s School of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies established the Arch Alexander Award in honor of former Lieutenant Secretary of State Arch He Alexander.

According to colleagues, Martin’s leadership strengths include strategic planning and data analysis. Metro Tech makes data-driven decisions based on feedback from students and employers. He participates on multiple committees that help establish, promote, and implement a quality career in his training.

Metro Tech Health Careers Instructional Design Specialist Brittney Waugh (left) and Aviation Careers Instructional Design Specialist Christi Risley provide photos of the OKACTE New and Related Services Acrylic Awards.

At the awards ceremony, Martin was recognized for his ability to align instruction and programs with his mission to prepare students for employment in a global society. He is known for his significant contributions to program development through his relationships with AT&T, Community Action Agency, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Martin’s contributions to the district include board members of several Oklahoma City organizations, including the University of Central Oklahoma’s Educational Leadership Advisory Board, the Oklahoma City Commission’s Community Action Agency, the MTC Foundation Commission, The Salvation Army, and Boys. , represented in various ways. Girls Club on the Greater Oklahoma Board.

Photo of Romei Muex and Jason Lankford

At the OKACTE Awards Banquet, Senior Director of Human Resources Romel Muex and Health Career Instructional Coordinator Jason Lankford were both honored with the Outstanding New Professional Award. Photo courtesy.

Other Metro Tech employees were also recognized. These awards recognize ACTE members’ excellence and dedication in the fields of career and technical education. The recipient of these awards is an individual who has contributed to the success of her CareerTech Education (CTE) through quality of work and community involvement.

At the OKACTE Awards Banquet, Senior Director of Human Resources, Romelu Muexand Health Care Education Coordinator, Jason Lankfordboth won the Outstanding Newcomer Award.

Karen Upton For his innovation in the classroom, his dedication to his students, and his dedication to improving CTE in his role as a biomedical instructor, he was recently awarded the Teacher of the Year Award and a $10,000 check from Bob Funk of Express Employment Professionals. , Upton was promoted to Metro Tech Extension Programs Site Director.

“We have a lot of Career Tech teachers in our state who are doing great things, so we are really honored to receive this award,” said Upton. “As a teacher, I loved seeing my students grow in confidence and be able to contribute to their growth and success.”

Karen Upton photo

Metro Tech Extension Programs Site Director Karen Upton (award holder) receives the OKACTE Teacher of the Year award and a $10,000 check from Bob Funk of Express Employment Professionals. Photo courtesy.

chelsea herndon hansSTEM Biomedical Science and Human Systems Instructor, was a finalist in the New Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes new career tech instructors who have made significant contributions to innovative and unique career and technical education programs.

Lab Simulation Skills Coordinator, Josie Scottand Surgical Technique InstructorCindy Slight, was recognized for a role in the OKACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program. Offering Leadership Development for CTE Educators, the Fellowship Program assists ACTE individuals to further develop their leadership skills in CTE and their involvement in professional associations.

Healthcare Instructional Design Specialist, Britney Waughand Aviation Careers Instructional Design Specialist, Christy Risley, both received an acrylic award for serving as divisional officers in Oklahoma ACTE’s new and related services division. This department is for individuals in emerging fields of career and technical education unrelated to her established ACTE department, or in a field that provides professional support to a broad range of his CTE, often across all departments. represents an individual.

Finally, Trade and Industry (T&I) Education Award, Evening Program Director, Joel Rogers, won the T&I Golden Fork Award. This award recognizes teachers who have transitioned to the position of administrator. Previously, Rogers was a welding instructor, but recently he was promoted to Director of the Evening Program.

As an OKACTE Gold Star School, Metro Technology Centers meets rigorous standards that demonstrate a high level of excellence. The Gold Star Program recognizes districts with exemplary programs designed to meet the needs of a wide range of communities.

Metro Tech Superintendent Aaron Collins said recognition like the Gold Star Award is only achieved by employees who are hardworking, strong in their mission, purpose, and passionate about education and community service.

“Our school district has decades of experience in building community and workforce partnerships, quality career training programs. Making sure it’s thriving for us is an achievement,” Collins said. “It takes a lot of moving parts to deliver quality career training, and I am proud to say that we were able to work together successfully.”

Metro Tech has four campuses and offers short-term, career, and customized business training. Campuses are located in South Oklahoma City, Northeast Oklahoma City, Will Rogers Airport, and downtown Oklahoma City.

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