Child Care Training Center
Metro Technology Centers was presented with the Award for Energy Stewardship from Energy Education during Metro Tech’s July 12th board meeting. The Energy Stewardship award recognizes Metro Tech’s efforts to implement an innovative, people-oriented energy conservation and management program.
Energy Education is honoring the impact Metro Tech’s energy program is having on natural resources by focusing on the environmental equivalent of the reduction in energy consumption. According to EPA/eGRID figures, in the first 15 months of the program, Metro Technology Centers saved 13,500 MMBTU, the equivalent of 1,894 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions being prevented, 340 cars removed from the road, or 48,434 pine trees grown for 10 years.
“Metro Technology Centers’ Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. James Branscum, administration, faculty and staff are demonstrating wise fiscal and environmental stewardship by implementing this unique, people-oriented energy conservation program,” said Dr. William S. Spears, Chairman and Founder of Energy Education. “Using human resources to reduce energy use saves natural and financial resources for the organization and the community.”
“This energy program is an excellent vehicle to assist our district personnel in practicing good stewardship of our resources. The willing participation of virtually every staff person — teachers, administrators, food service, maintenance and custodial— adds to our success,” said Dr. Branscum.
District Energy Education Specialist Ms. Melanie Stinnett receives intensive training through the Transformational Energy Management® process from Energy Education. She conducts energy audits to ensure that students and teachers are comfortable during class times, scheduled activities and that energy is used only as necessary. She works hard to motivate everyone in the district to use energy wisely and practice smart energy strategies. The behavioral and organizational change substantially reduces energy consumption without purchasing new equipment. The program is funded solely by the savings it generates.
Seeing the Results with Monthly Updates – Recycled 1.98 TONS of Paper at the Springlake campus!
Saved 33.6 TREES
Saved 8120.05 Kwh of Energy
Saved 13863.5 Gallons of Water
Saved 6.53 cubic yards of Landfill Space
Saved 118.8 pounds of Air Pollution….
All in the month of May , 2011 !
The Capitol Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Africa West 2011. Africa West is to be held on the Metro Technology Centers Springlake campus at 1900 Springlake Drive off of Martin Luther King Avenue on Saturday, June 11th from 8 a.m. to 9 pm.
Africa West brings together the community, historians, political leaders, and businesses to celebrate the “African American Imprint” in Oklahoma. Africa West is an event for the entire family with live music, food, art exhibits, a fashion show, historical story telling of the culture of African America and Oklahoma African Indian Territory.
Chandra Currelley, actress and jazz singer of Tyler Perry Productions will close the event with songs from The Diary of a Mad Black Woman and the upcoming film, Madea’s Big Happy Family. Representation of Ethiopia and Ghana will perform with an opening procession on Saturday morning. Ghana Queen Mother, Florence Berko, will represent the Akwapim-Akropong area of Ghana. Her role as a Queen Mother is to aid in the development of her people through social, cultural, educational and political representation.
The Africa West event is designed to create involvement in the Northeast Oklahoma City community and to highlight the need for safety, community and economic development, health and education improvements. The Capitol Chamber of Commerce has partnered with corporate sponsors, health organizations, financial institutions, and local businesses to address these issues.
Success! While attending the MCA grand opening, MCA Prom Attire giveaway, MCA Prom, Career Options Job Fair, Crooked Oak Test Pep Rally and the Women’s Expo the word “Success” was everywhere. There have been great successes with Metro Technology Centers and the Metro Career Academy. Students have found success follows hard work and commitment. None of this success could of happened without facing the fear of failure. While attending all of these events, I knew I had to write about something close to my heart, Success!
I often wonder what fear does to people?
I wonder what fear has stopped you from doing?
Fear of failure and fear of success are real emotions that can keep people from accomplishing their goals in life.
Fear is the crutch that turns your dreams to dust.
Fear controls those who refuse to face it.
Ask yourself, “What do you need to face to get where you want to be?”
Find a way to live out your dreams. Find a way to move past your fears. Do not be afraid to live, to dream to step out into the unknown.
One tip that I have found helpful when facing fear, envision yourself successful and watch your dreams come to life!
Coming to a classroom near you,
I live in an inspired world. Filling lives with hope and planting seeds of wonderful dreams. The people I encounter are just as I see them but less of what they see. Cultivating others is what I enjoy. Taking something from good to great is a challenge. I desire to search the person for the pearls we each posses and help others understand their value.
Every day my life is changed when I encounter all the beauty my students radiate. I don’t see the negative labels others place on them. I simply see what is beneath the surface and I desire to go deep sea diving in their worlds and bring them to life.
By: Ms C.
Bright, colorful, alive
The past does not define you
The present is your gift
Destined for greatness
Only deterred by poor decisions
Your path is yours to walk
Stopping often to enjoy the beauty around you
The future genius
The future parent
The next great thing
If only you can imagine
The career you choose
The specialness you posses
The world needs you to survive
The world needs your unique gifts and talents
Your present welcomes you
Your past releases you
Your future awaits you
Coming to a classroom near you,
***NEW PARENTING CLASS
The MCA Parent Resource Center in partnership with Healthy Start and Counseling Solutions and Interventions (CSI) will begin a basic parenting class Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Metro Career Academy.
This 12-session class is designed for parents of children from birth to age 3. The curriculum will consist of the following topics:
Choosing a Pediatrician
Choosing a child care facility
How to advocate for your child
Certificates provided for parents/care givers who complete the 12-session class.
**This parenting class may meet court mandated requirements. An assessment must be made to determine the needs of the court-referred client.
Transportation will be provided upon request. For further information call Patricia Edmond @ 427-3200 or Carole Brown @ 595-4325.
If you have a family member, loved one or friend whose drinking bothers you, you may be a candidate for AL-ANON.
The first meeting will be held Thursday, April 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the Parent Resource Center—1901 Springlake Drive. Contact Carole Brown @ 595-4325.
Student Observation…Notes from a Test Proctor.
21 students, colors of the rainbow sat in shades of brown, beige, chocolate and latte to name a few. Boys rocked Star studded haircuts. Girls still innocent with pony tails, headbands and hair bows. Kids had blow pops to calm their nerves as they watched the clock and time run away. School colors of maroon, pink and khaki adorned the room.
Pencils in hand. Writing in brilliant shades of gray. Pushing the lead in pencils to lead to future success. We must PASS is the secret chant. Diversity in full effect children ranged from short to tall. Speaking fluent Spanish and English. Male and female genius tucked quietly in the backpacks laced with smiles. Eyes, brains, hands working in one accord. Following directions to lead them on their individual benchmarks of greatness. I sat at Crooked Oak and become a Ruff Nek for a season.
students, brown, beige, latte, stars, pony tails, hair bows, headbands, blow pops, clocks, time, pink, maroon, thought, pass, lead, gray, glasses, short, tall, English, Spanish, male, female, khaki, eyes, brains, hands,6thgrade, directions, benchmark test, Crooked Oak, backpacks, smiles, polo’s, chairs, desk and Ruf Nek.
Join Metro Tech for the 2nd Annual Parent Academy on this Saturday March 26th from 10am – 4 pm. Carole Brown, Director of Metro Tech’s Parent Resource Center has designed the event in hopes of teaching parents the importance of involvement in the education of their children. It’s also a wonderful way for parents and families to learn of community resources available for their use. The event will take place at 1900 Springlake Drive at the Business Conference Center.
Special events include:
-Free Immunizations by the OKC County Health Department. (Bring copies of the child’s immunization records)
- Free lunch- The Taste of Diversity
- Free childcare (must pre-register)
- Workshops include: Gang Awareness and Prevention, Understanding Social Media, Parents Assuring Student Success, Conflict Resolution, Bullying: It’s Everyone’s Business, Powder Puff Self Defense, “Edutaining” Your Kids and Navigating the School System.
To register online: visit http://www.metrotech.edu/community/Parent_Academy.html
To register by phone: call 595-4325.
Don’t miss this exciting event!!! Help prevent student drop outs!!
While at one of my middle schools I visit, I sit in a room full of our future leaders. I wonder who they will become. I sit among the brightest and the best who have yet to realize or maximize their true potential. I listen to the voices as they begin to change from child to adolescent. I love what I do! As the Career Specialist for Rogers Middle School and Crooked Oak Middle school the opportunity always awaits for me to stand in awe of youth. Someone must stand and shine a light onto a dark path and have the courage and conviction to plant a seed. In my world ”Encouragement”, is an action word. So I decided to read along with my students and the book of choice is awesome.
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake. Working in a middle school setting creates a new desire to understand my children and relate to who they are at this very vital moment in their young life.
So I asked my kiddo’s for a “Top 5″ book list and agreed to read all of the books with them. The Skin I’m In is awesome. Stay tuned to find out more.
Talk at cha later,
“Be convicted enough to be committed to change the world starting with yourself.”
I believe that CareerTech is in my blood.
My father, my children, and I have all been actively involved in a CareerTech program while we each attended high school. Through my own involvement I learned skills and had the opportunity to participate in leadership and teamwork activities. These experiences provided a strong foundation for me as I later became a CareerTech teacher. Through the years I have had the opportunity to provide similar experiences for my own students and hopefully this will help to continue the impact of CareerTech for many years to come.
*Patricia is the coach for Metro Tech students who are preparing for competitions in Parlimentary Procedure. Her students take pride in the work they do and the competitions they face. You can read more about this year’s Parly team on student blogger, Bianca’s blog. Patricia can answere all of your Parlimentary Procedure questions on Twitter @ParlyPro or find her on Facebook.
Metro Technology Centers and Oklahoma CareerTech are joining forces with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to educate the public, policymakers and the business community about the value of career and technical education (CTE) and the role it plays in education and developing a qualified workforce to compete in today’s economy. Students will tell the story of CareerTech education through a variety of platforms.
Metro Tech students will explore the roles of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government during Oklahoma Close Up February 15th through 18th. Students will have the opportunity to meet with policy makers and share their accomplishments through Metro Tech.
ACTE is hosting the first Social Media Day on February 17th. Metro Tech students, stakeholders, partners, customers and staff will have the opportunity to tell their story about CTE to the world. Updates on Twitter and Facebook about the importance of CTE’s will be posted and will be connected with the hashtag #careerteched. Metro Tech’s official Facebook page has a discussion board ready to collect those stories. Facebook.com/metrotechnologycenters.
Metro Tech, CareerTech and other Oklahoma technology centers have a critical role in the state and national economy. Technology centers educate future leaders; prepare the workforce with skills and technology; prepare students to be college and career-ready and provide businesses with support to create and keep jobs in Oklahoma.