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State briefs for April 16


CareerTech group honors industry partners

The Oklahoma Association for Technology Centers recognized top industry partners for training and employing thousands of Oklahoma workers through CareerTech technology center programs last week at the annual Partners for Progress awards ceremony.

Metro Technology Centers selected The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM) for partnering with Metro Tech to create a model offering education and certification programs to adults in the criminal justice system. The partnership and training helps individuals acquire professional skills to help them find and retain employment. Metro Tech Superintendent Bob Parrish said, “Metro Tech is proud to partner with TEEM and support their efforts to create a strong and prepared workforce for Oklahoma.”

Sean Kouplen, Oklahoma secretary for commerce, said last year alone, almost 7,000 organizations took advantage of CareerTech training statewide that resulted in more than 350,000 enrollments statewide.


Assessors office uploads new images

The Oklahoma County Assessor’s Office has some new images from NearMap taken the week of April 8. This update covers approximately 65% of Oklahoma County’s 720 square miles. It covers Oklahoma City, Edmond, Midwest City, Del City, Nichols Hills, Bethany and the Village.

To get to the new images go to For questions or comments, call 405-713-1201.


Club plans old-style picnic

The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will host its annual Old Fashioned Picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah. The club was founded in 1899 in what is now known as the Cherokee Nation. Community picnics were the social gatherings of that era, and the club continues to honor the tradition.

Activities will include gospel music, fishing, train rides, camel and pony rides, Cherokee games and a hog fry. Food will be served at 12:15 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10. The picnic free to the public. It is sponsored in part by Cherokee Nation Businesses. For more information, email or call Vicki Baker at 918-798-0771 or go to

Staff reports