Episode 7: “Feels Like Home”

While you were at home during the coronavirus lockdown, did you find yourself trying to learn new “home skills?”

With people turning to things like baking and sewing, some for the first time, Family and Consumer Science teachers have suddenly found their subject in high demand. In this episode, we sit down with Terri Hollarn, a longtime FCS educator and state administrator, on how an elective class is becoming essential learning.

We also highlight the shortage of FCS teachers across the country, and the hope that this crisis may encourage more people to become teachers.

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TRAILER — Episode 7: “Feels Like Home”

A freshly baked loaf of homemade bread

In the age of social distancing and “safer at home” orders, many people have had to brush-up on their home-making skills. These skills, often taken as electives in high school curriculum, have now become what many consider essential.

Next time on CareerTech Horizon, we sit down with a longtime Family and Consumer Sciences educator and reflect on these skills returning to prominence.

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Episode 6: “Driving Progress”

A hybrid pulls into the auto classroom at Southern Tech in Ardmore, OK

Do you remember your first car, and how liberating it was to drive on your own? Do you remember the first time that car stopped working?

In this episode, CareerTech Horizon hits the road, driving through the many parts of this growing, diverse industry in our state.

  • Our first stop is the Oklahoma City Auto Show, bringing together auto dealers and enthusiasts to spread the word about the opportunities of the auto industry to students.
  • We visit an auto service education program mixing alternative fuels into the curriculum, and the importance of playing it safe around natural gas, electric, and hybrid cars.
  • We fire up the not-so modern marvel of the internal combustion engine, and the oil-based fuels that power it. A journalist shares his documentary, seeking the truth about the oil industry.
  • Finally, we look at the bigger picture of Oklahoma’s auto manufacturing industry, and how state leaders are planning to build it up all over the Sooner State.

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TRAILER — Episode 6: “Driving Progress”

(Note: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we will be postponing our originally planned episode on this year’s “Making It Work” award recipients. However, we will continue to bring you new, great stories in the meantime.)

Students rebuild car engine at competition

With more than 100 million passenger vehicles in America today, it pays to be in the automotive business. But with new technology speeding ahead at a breakneck pace, it’s important for technical education programs to keep up.

We’ll take you inside the OKC Auto Show where students show off their skills and network with potential employers and educators. We’ll also take you inside one such program, where electric, hybrid, and natural gas vehicles are part of the curriculum. Auto shops and dealerships have a stake in this too, as they look for new and innovative ways for workforce development.

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Episode 5: “Growing Partnerships”

How did you learn the skills you have now?

Are the skills you know still relevant today? Will they remain relevant in the future?

In this episode, we examine the growing partnerships between industry and education. We’ll dive into what businesses are doing to keep instructors on the same page, and how these instructors use that knowledge to cultivate the workforce they’ll be hiring from.

  • American Airlines donates one of its passenger jets to CareerTech, so students in their aviation programs can work hands-on with real aircraft.
  • A summer camp for teachers brings educators behind the scenes at businesses their students may one day work for.
  • “Futuring Panels” facilitate conversation on where the industry is heading, and how educators can keep up.

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TRAILER – Episode 5: “Growing Partnerships”

Next time on CareerTech Horizon, we go aboard a recently retired passenger jet that’s now a classroom with wings for students looking to take off in the airline industry.

It’s just one of many ways business and industry partner with technical education; a partnership that grows both ways.

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Episode 3: “On The Wings Of A Dream”

How high would you go to chase your dreams?

For the women featured in today’s episode, the sky is hardly the limit. We’re taking a dive into the past, present and future of Oklahoma women in aviation.

  • Legends such as Pearl Bailey Scott, who blazed a trail into the skies that women continue to follow to this day.
  • Founding member of women’s pilot group, The Nintety-Nines,Wally Funk talks about her journey as an integral aviation pioneer.
  • After getting her first taste of flying at age 8, LTJG Whitney Heer pulls out all the stops to pursue a career as a U.S. Navy pilot.
  • From homeless to flying high, Porsha Lippincott turns her life around after finding her passion as an airplane mechanic.

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TRAILER – Episode 3: “On The Wings Of A Dream”

Legendary pilot Amelia Earhart once said, “There’s more to life than being a passenger.” In a time where men ruled the skies, Earhart courageously followed her dreams into the cockpit.

Today, 80 years after her disappearance, women are still following her contrails.

Next week on CareerTech Horizon, we bring you the stories of Oklahoma women who took their lives into the skies.

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Episode 2: “It Takes A Community”

What is your greatest accomplishment? Did you do it alone, or did you get help from your friends, family, or people in your community?

In this episode of CareerTech Horizon, we take a deep dive into Adult Basic Education, and share the stories of Oklahomans who turned their lives around, thanks to the right people helping, supporting, and advocating for them.

  • A mother, stressed from working dead-end jobs, who decided to go back to school, just as her child started her first day of school.
  • An adult-learning organization in Ardmore, expanding their reach in a short time, thanks to their enthusiastic staff, and the cereal boxes that immortalize their success stories.
  • How education plays an integral role in state inmates’ re-entry into society.

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PROLOGUE — Episode 2: Explaining “It Takes A Community”

To do something incredible, groundbreaking, or phenomenal, often times you’ll need more than just yourself.

Host and Producer Blane Singletary explains the theme for our upcoming episode on Adult Basic Education in Oklahoma, coming very soon to Apple, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google, and more. Subscribe today so you don’t miss it.