All too often, we find ourselves falling in love with the process of doing something and forgetting the outcomes we intended in the first place. To some degree, this trend is also true in education.
I believe that the intended outcome of all education, but especially post-secondary education (CareerTech and Higher Education) is employment. We pursue technical certifications and degrees to make ourselves more employable. Graduation or completing a level of education is a great accomplishment, but it is not an outcome. It is just another stepping stone in the journey to successful employment.
To think that we will change our educational systems at any level simply by producing more completers or graduates is fundamentally flawed. We don’t need more graduates; we need more graduates employed in the area they studied. If we focus on the outcomes of employment and continuing education rather than graduation, I feel we will begin to change our educational system.
Employers become more involved in the education process when we train and educate our students based on the needs of our local economy. We should automatically scale our efforts to align with employment opportunities.
Last year at Autry Technology Center, 94% of our completeness either went to work, joined the military or chose to continue their education.
December Students of the Month
Congratulations to Autry’s December Students of the Month- Evan Chermack, Vanessa Gonzalez and Wyatt Meyer. These students were selected based on their performance in and out of the classroom as students, role models and future professionals! To learn more about these students, click here.
Congratulations on Retirement Teri Holle!
Business & Industry Services Director Teri Holle celebrated her retirement with a reception on Thursday, Dec. 14! Teri is retiring after almost 23 years at Autry. Andy Beck will take her role as the new Business & Industry Services Director!
Don’t Miss this Workshop!
The Chad Cargill ACT Workshop covers what will be on the ACT test and how to master the techniques. Reserve your spot here!
Autry Students Collect Items for
Our Daily Bread
In the spirit of giving this holiday season, Autry students collected almost 32,000 ounces of non-perishable food items for Our Daily Bread. Congratulations to the AM Radiography students and afternoon Business Management & Entrepreneurship students – these two programs collected the most donations this year!
Develop Your Own App!
Interested in designing your own app for business or personal use? Check out this new short-term professional development course starting on Jan. 8! Reserve your spot here!
HOSA Students Shop for YWCA Teen Christmas
Autry’s HOSA students joined together for the YWCA Enid Teen Christmas Sponsorship program to purchase and wrap gifts for 156 teens in the local community!
Autry Closed for Christmas Break
Our offices will be closed for Christmas Break. We appreciate your patience and look forward to assisting you when we return on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019!
ACTE PACE AWARDS
Congratulations to our Autry employees who brought home awards from the ACTE Vision 2018 Conference!
Andy Beck received the ACTE PACE Award of Excellence!
Teri Holle was a Region IV winner for the Lifetime Achievement and a finalist at ACTE!
Jorge Guerrero received the ACTE PACE Diversity and Inclusion award!
Tambi Brown was the Region IV winner for Ambassador of the Year and a finalist at ACTE PACE!
Meredith Westfahl and Brenda Sheik were Region IV winners for Economic Development and finalists at ACTE PACE!
H2S Clear Training Offered in
English and Spanish
H2S Clear is a certification through PEC that meets or exceeds the ANSI Z390.1 2017 standard that many large oilfield companies are using as a minimum requirement to work on sites with H2S. Enroll online here.
Join the Autry Team!
We’re hiring! For a list of career opportunities at Autry or to apply online, click here!
Support Autry During Your Holiday Shopping
For your everyday and holiday shopping through Amazon, don’t forget to support the Autry Educational Foundation by making your purchase through Amazon Smile and choosing to support O.T. Autry Vocational and Technical Education Foundation!