Financial Aid Night

Simplify the process!

The National Bureau of Economic Research released a report today in which tax preparers at H&R Block helped some low and moderate income customers complete the FAFSA using data from the IRS.

They discovered that helping these families boosted the rate at which they applied for financial aid, the number who received the aid and the amount they got, and ultimately it effected the transition from high school to college enrollment.

We have talked about developing a Financial Aid Night before and how the technology center can play a key role in helping families with obstacles become prepared to transition to higher education.

The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators provides much of the information that you need to start a Financial Aid Night on their website.

All that is left is for you to set the date and get the word out.


Top 100 Drafting Blogs

The Tech Prep blog was recently listed as one of the Top 100 Drafting Blogs by Draftingschool.org.

DraftingSchool.org maintains content for prospective online drafting students as well as the drafting community at large. They help inform and educate others about online options when it comes to obtaining a degree from a drafting school.

The CareerTech Testing Center was listed as well.

Pretty cool!!


GuidanceFest 2009

We have been on the road again with GuidanceFest 2009!

This year we have made stops in OKC, Tulsa, Atoka, Altus and we are headed to Woodward for our last session.

It is always good to get out on the road and meet a lot of new faces. Getting to know those on the front line is fun and it helps us take back new information in the services that we need to provide and makes us think about how we can make CTE in Oklahoma better.

I thought I would share with you my presentation during GuidanceFest. It is the CTE to College and Career Transitions, and I hope that you like it.

If you want to view the other presentations, they are on the GuidanceFest page


Equity: Taking the Lead

Equity: Taking the Lead, the Career and Technology Education Equity Council (CTEEC) National Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel, Tulsa, OK, September 17-18, 2009.

The 2009 CTEEC National conference will host presentations of best practices that remove barriers to employment and enhance the success of displaced homemakers, single parents, single pregnant women, nontraditional students, at-risk females, pregnant teens and teen parents that give individuals opportunities in non-traditional careers, better jobs, better wages.

For more information, including registration and agenda, go to:



Watch for the new "Awesome..Amazing...Aerospace!" posters at an event near you.


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