January 2021 Newsletter

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Counseling and Career Updates

CCD Updates


Career Advisor

Career Advisor

Shawna Nord


Greetings Counselors,


In recognition of National School Counselor Week February 1-5, 2021, all of us in the Counseling and Career Development office would like to say, "THANK YOU for everything you do day in and day out for our students".  I've included ASCA 2021 NSCW calendar with some fun activities at the bottom of our newsletter.


I'd also like to remind schools to make sure your course numbers are correct.  With the upcoming statewide electronic transcript roll out, it's imperative that schools are using correct course codes for all students and courses including those at the Technology Center (I have attached links for the State Program codes, Course codes and what gets Academic credit within CareerTech for 2020-2021 school year).  We will be sending out the updated CareerTech Course codes and CareerTech State Program codes in the near future. 

As students look for financial resources for their postsecondary opportunities.  I would like to encourage you to share the CareerTechs link with your students so they can see how their financial aid can be used for CareerTech Programs: CareerTech Delivers Student Aid — CareerTech (CT) - okcareertech.org


When you have a minute – do a cruise through these OCAP resources. If you have any questions regarding CareerTech course codes or CareerTech Academic questions, please reach out to me.  




Shawna Nord, M.Ed.

Academic Coordinator


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Distance Learning Resources to Support ICAP & Career Development

The OKCareerGuide Team has developed several resources to help educators facilitate meaningful career development and ICAP implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the links below you’ll find step-by-step guides and videos for both students and educators, as well as powerful resources such as ready-made curriculum filled with activities and learning opportunities.


The Training link: OkCareerGuide Training Opportunities


Kuder Client Engagement (877) 999 – 6227 Monday – Friday 7 a/m – 6 p.m. (Central Time)


New Training Videos to Support Free System Access for Kuder Galaxy®

Take a look at our new instructional videos to help you access and utilize our Galaxy systems to the fullest.


Curriculum that supports the Galaxy system can be found at CareerTech’s learning management system ctyou.org.


Our Galaxy (grades pre-K to 5) tutorials provide parents with step-by-step instructions on how to quickly create an account. The videos also walk through the system's interactive games and activities.



Additional resources can be found at Kuder’s Success at Home web site.

Galaxy - Its Elementary!

Take a look at Galaxy
Ready to launch kids into a universe of possibilities?


Galaxy has new curriculum and sorts for principals and teachers. Coming soon are more reports that can be done at the building level that show completions of planets and “I” Statements.  To see these new changes join us at our monthly training by registering at: https://www.okcareertech.org/educators/career-and-academic-connections/ok-career-guide/ok-career-guide-training

Need help now, contact us at any time to arrange personal or group training, or just to answer questions.

 OkCareerGuide - (Grades 6th - 12th)

OkCareerGuide Training Options


Career Development Specialists

We are here to help provide you with training for OkCareerGuide and Kuder Galaxy. We can also help you to locate career based resources, and assist you with questions you may have while accessing our systems.

Your OkCareerGuide Team is here to support you !

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The Special Scoop

Disability Services




I hope your 2021 year is off to a great start! Speaking of being off to a great start, there are several great links in this section of the newsletter. I hope you find something within this section that assists you in working with students in special populations.


Sharon Baker

Disabilities Services Specialist




Strategies for Special Population Success: Practical Tips & Tools for Educators

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity has identified best practices for serving all nine of the Carl Perkins Special Populations groups. You can find this free Perkins V resource, along with many others, at https://napequity.org/public-policy/frontline-legislation/strengthening-career-and-technical-education-for-the-21st-century-act/.


Resources from OSEP

The Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education has developed an infographic with many free resources. The resources are in sections with topic headings and live links under every topic. https://osepideasthatwork.org/sites/default/files/OSEP%20TA%20Center%20Infographic_508.pdf


Free American Sign Language Courses

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is offering 8-week ASL courses online at no charge. Participants will learn American Sign Language via online learning modules and live interaction. For more information, go to https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OKSDE/2021/01/07/file_attachments/1641865/ASL%20Community%20Class%20Flyer.pdf.


Oklahoma Association on Higher Education & Disability Spring Conference

This year the Ok-AHEAD conference will be held virtually on March 3 and 4 over two, half-day periods. All sessions will be free of charge! For more information go to their website. https://www.ahead-ok.org/


Casy Cundiff Outstanding Student Scholarship

Education Services - Special Populations, a division of OkACTE, is offering a scholarship to one technology center student with a disability. Please ensure that students are aware of the scholarship and help them through the application process. To access the scholarship application, go to https://www.okcareertech.org/about/foundation/scholarships/okacte-essp-casy-cundiff-outstanding-student-scholarship.


Something to Warm Your Heart

Take a moment to view this video about a mom who took the need for representation of her daughter with a disability to heart and took action. https://www.msnbc.com/stephanie-ruhle/watch/mom-gives-daughter-with-down-syndrome-doll-that-looks-like-her-98259525869


"The time is always right to do what is right. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

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Events and Workshops

Upcoming Events


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counselor week

OAMCE Luncheon

Scholarships and Contest

Scholarships and Contest