Northeast Tech employees graduate from CareerTech administrator program

Northeast Tech employees graduate from CareerTech administrator program
Posted on 06/02/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Northeast Tech employees graduate from CareerTech administrator programNortheast Tech Student Advisors Kathie Bergmann and Tobie Gatewood recently graduated from the Technology Center Administrator Program, or TechCAP for short. The ladies were among 29 TechCAP VIII graduates from across the state.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to participate in this program, because it gave me a new perspective on CareerTech training as a whole,” Bergmann said. “I came away enriched with a number of good ideas and best practices that I can share with my colleagues at Northeast Tech.”

During the year-long program, TechCAP participants visited technology centers across the state, learned more about the CareerTech System, networked with other administrators and gained hands-on experience in the different functions of technology centers. Topics included human resources, finance, workforce development, at-risk populations, media relations, crisis management, partnerships and state and national issues.

“I enjoyed seeing how other tech centers operate, learning about how they address challenges in their communities and networking with people from all over Oklahoma,” Gatewood said. “Our state has one of the best CareerTech systems in the nation, and I’m even more convinced of that now that I’ve explored it a little more thoroughly.”

Aside from gaining a more in-depth knowledge of the system in which they work, TechCAP also gives individuals in the CareerTech System the chance to advance their technology center administrative careers. Participants are current or potential technology center or skills centers administrators.

“We started and continue to offer TechCAP to prepare future technology center leaders,” said LaMecia Stidham, leadership and professional development coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

Oklahoma CareerTech began TechCAP in 2003. Since then, 210 people have completed the program. Thirteen have become technology center superintendents, and another 23 have become deputy or assistant superintendents. Most of the rest are directors and assistant directors Stidham said.

Other TechCAP VIII graduates were Kyle Hockmeyer, Autry Technology Center; Tammy Ridgeway, Karen Sneary and Jay Watson, Canadian Valley Technology Center; Sherry Adrian and Khaaliq Salim, Francis Tuttle Technology Center; Julie Roberds, Green Country Technology Center; Shannon Barnes and Nick Carter, Indian Capital Technology Center; Bryan Hallmark and Becky Ward, Kiamichi Technology Centers; Dana Wallace, Meridian Technology Center; Sara Collins and Brian Leaver, Metro Technology Centers; Malachi Blaxton and Denny Prince, Mid-America Technology Center; Bobby Watson, Northwest Technology Center; Erica Harris, Charlie Weeks and Nancy Overton, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education; Stacey Rush, Pioneer Technology Center; Kerensa Kester and Kim Smith, Tri County Technology Center; Clarence Jackson, Karen Johnson and Charles Murphy, Tulsa Technology Center; and Danny Britton, Western Technology Center.

For more information about Oklahoma CareerTech, visit For more information about TechCAP, visit
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