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State briefs for March 12



Online career awareness program launches

Oklahoma CareerTech will launch a new online career awareness program for elementary students Tuesday. The Galaxy program, a component of OK Career Guide, is for students in grades Pre-K through fifth.

The program combines games, activities and experiences for today’s tech-savvy learners, and is accessible from laptops, desktops and tablets. It uses an outer space theme, including astronauts and spaceships. Students launch into planets, which represent different work environments.

The system begins with the basic concept of “What is work?” Each year the program builds on that concept, including what people do at work, why they work, what tools and skills they will use for work, and how students can prepare for work. By fifth grade, students can investigate specific occupations.

Galaxy’s activities integrate academic skills. It emphasizes the importance of reading and writing, and the games show how math, science and social studies fit into the world of work.

Parents and families can learn about Galaxy at For more information about Galaxy, call Nathan Brubaker at 405-743-5113.

Disability Awareness Day at state Capitol on Tuesday

Hundreds of Oklahomans with disabilities will share their stories and goals for living independent lives when they meet with state lawmakers from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday as part of People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2019 at the state Capitol.

This year's theme is “Front and Center” and is a call to all Oklahomans to share with state lawmakers what they believe is needed to help citizens with disabilities pursue independent lives and careers.

Katie Wehmeyer, of Bartlesville, will be honored as the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Client of the Year at the event. She will be one of the featured speakers on the South Plaza during the awards ceremony that will begin at 3 p.m. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell will deliver the keynote address. Speaker of the House Charles McCall of Atoka will be honored as agency's Legislator of the Year and is also expected to address the audience.

People wanting to attend can get more information at or by calling 405-951-3478. Registrations will also be accepted on the day of the event.

EMBARK is partnering with DRS to provide a free parking shuttle for individuals with disabilities. The shuttle will run from 10:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. serving the Jim Thorpe Building parking lot and dropping off attendees on the south side of the Capitol Building.


OU Relay for Life hosts 5K For A Cure

Relay for Life at the University of Oklahoma hosted its first 5K For A Cure on Sunday, drawing in more than 175 participants.

Some runners decked themselves out in gold, purple and green to get into the spirit of the Mardi Gras-themed race that started and ended at Bizzell Memorial Library, winding its way through campus.

“We have always wanted to host a 5K, but this year we were committed to making it happen,” said, Sydney Warrick, OU Relay for Life vice chair of programming. “I really enjoyed having it Mardi Gras-theme, too. It helped everyone get into the spirit and have fun with it.”OU Relay for Life’s main fundraising event will be from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. April 29. Those interested in participating or donating can visit

Staff reports