2021 OkACTE Fellows

OkACTE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

OkACTE launched the OkACTE Fellowship Program in 2018. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to:

  • Establish a leadership development program for CTE Educators in OkACTE and assist individuals in further developing their leadership skills in CTE and their involvement in professional associations.
  • Provide an opportunity for CTE Educators to become familiar with and participate in the processes used by policy makers in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and other public policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Identify, train and motivate a cadre of leaders who will continue to position OkACTE as a leader in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

Guidelines, Program of Work and Additional Information

The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from August-August. Each participant will complete the required activities, and submit a final portfolio of their accomplishments to the Fellowship Coordinator.  Final reports are due in August.

Detailed information can be found in the OkACTE Fellowship Program Guidelines and Application. Please note that the application can be submitted electronically.

Applications are due May 13, 2022. 

Please note: Selected Fellows must attend Leadership OkACTE, scheduled August 28 -30, 2022. 

Class IV Meeting Schedule 

August 28-30 : Leadership OkACTE

September 22: Zoom

November 17:  Zoom

December 8: Zoom

January 25/26 : Fellows Meet Up

(25) ODCTE/OSU AG Ed/ Teacher Prep 

(26) Meridian Tech: Advocacy, Leadership 101

*** March/April TBD: Fellows Day at the Capitol ***

 

March 23: National Policy Seminar / Zoom

April 12/13: Fellows Meet Up

Kiamichi Technology Center/ Hamilton Skills Center

May 18: Zoom

June (TBD): Fellows Meet Up

Instructional Leaders Meeting, EOC Tech

July 13: Zoom 

**All bolded meetings are in-person**

PROGRAM INCENTIVES

The Fellows will receive paid registration to attend ACTE’s Region IV conference.

Each selected Fellow will also receive recognition on the OkACTE website, participate in leadership during Oklahoma Summit, ACTE Region IV Conference and be recognized during the General Session at Oklahoma Summit.

In an effort to provide continuous support to the selected Fellows, each OkACTE Division will be asked to endorse candidate(s) from their respective divisions.

SELECTION

The OkACTE Fellows will be identified by a selection process approved by their respective division. The selection factors will be based on the fellowship application & supporting materials. Please note that applicants may be asked to attend an interview session with the selection committee.

CRITERIA

Fellowships are limited to OkACTE members who have at least one year of work in Career & Technical Education.

Applicants must submit:

1. A completed application form.

2. A one-page letter expressing your interest in & commitment to serving as an OkACTE Fellow; and how you intend to use the learning obtained as a result of the Fellowship.

3. A letter of support from your principal, director or immediate supervisor.

Please complete the application & submit with your support materials to one of the following:

• Email: okacte@okacte.org

• Mail: OkACTE Fellowship Program

2801 N. Lincoln Blvd. Ste.130

Oklahoma City, Ok 73105

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ANTHONY
BILYEU

Trade & Industrial Services

Anthony is the CAD instructor at Southern Technology Center. 

​abilyeu@sotech.edu

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STEPHANIE
CHAPLIN

Counseling & Career Development

Stephanie is a Career Counselor at Putnam City Schools. 

schaplin@putnamcityschools.com

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JESSICA 
CHEGWIDDEN

Counseling & Career Development

Jessica is an Adult Education Instructor at Autry Technology Center.

jchegwidden@autrytech.edu

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ALAN
COOK

Educational Services Special Populations

Alan is a ELA Instructor at Canadian Valley Technology Center. 

acook@cvtech.edu

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KELLY
FALKNER

Counseling & Career Development

Kelly is an Employment Facilitator at Kiamichi Technology Center.

 

kfalkner@ktc.edu

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MATT
FIX

Administration

Matt is the Coordinator of the HIRE Program at Moore Norman Technology Center. 

matt.fix@mntc.edu

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SHAWN
HERELL

Health Education 

Shawna is a Sonography Program Coordinator at Moore Norman Technology Center. 

shawna.herell@mntc.edu

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JOLISA
KNAUSS

Counseling & Career Development

JoLisa is a Counselor at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center

jknauss@cktc.edu

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KIRSTEN
LINDSAY

Administration 

Kirsten is the Assistant Director, Workforce and Economic Development at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

Kirsten.lindsay@francistuttle.edu

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LACI 
MCCOOL

Postsecondary Adult Career Education

Laci is the Adult and Continuing Education Coordinator at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. 

lmccool@cktc.edu

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AMBER
SUTTON

Support Staff

Amber is the Marketing Graphic Designer at Autry Technology Center. 

asutton@autrytech.edu

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TRAVIS
TRACY

Counseling & Career Development

Travis is a Web Services Instructor at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center.

ttracy@eoctech.edu

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MICHAEL
CULWELL

Program Advisor

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BRENT 
CASEY

Program Advisor

Get Involved!

After 12 years in CTE, I personally never made the connection between OkACTE and my role as a CTE Counselor. However, after attending the Young Professionals of Career Tech and the OkACTE Excellence Events this month, I have finally come to realize the impact my involvement with OkACTE can have on me professionally as well as personally. I first recognized the association wants/needs my involvement as much as I need the continuous advocacy for CTE on the state and national levels. I also recognized the ability the association can provide in my growth professionally and personally. Going out on a limb and away from my comfort zone, these two events allowed me to network with other CTE profession from all over the state. Everyone I met had different roles in our system, which made the conversations rich and meaningful. I am excited by my newfound knowledge of OkACTE and what the future will bring from the opportunity I have been given by being selected as an OkACTE Fellow; I am looking forward to all the learning, networking and growth that will come from my involvement. Lastly, I always stress to my students about the importance of being actively involved in their CTSO, so I am going to take my own advice and get actively involved in OkACTE! 

— Christa Simmons. Moore Norman Technology Center

Fellows Blast