Culwell leads oklahoma association of career and technology education

August 26, 2019 - For Immediate Release



Michael Culwell, Campus Director, Kiamichi Technology Centers, Poteau Campus, served as president of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (OkACTE) during the 2018-2019 school year. His service will continue as past-president and OkACTE fellowship coordinator during the 2019-2020 year.

The OkACTE organization provides professional and leadership development to membership, communicates and builds relationships with public policy makers and creates partnerships between education and industry.

“My involvement with OkACTE has helped me gain a better understanding of the role career and technology education plays in growing Oklahoma’s workforce and economy,” said Culwell. “My participation in OkACTE and its numerous connections across the state gives me the opportunity to bring resources and best practices to KTC to make a local impact as we prepare the workforce in our community.”

OkACTE’s mission is to develop and execute vetted strategies that promote and recognize excellence and provide a voice for members and stakeholders.

“I have also enjoyed advocating with our legislators on behalf of OkACTE members,” said Culwell. “Support for career and technology education from state-level decision makers is crucial to our state's economy.”

“Michael is an inspirational leader for Kiamichi Technology Centers and OkACTE,” said Kiamichi Technology Centers Superintendent Shelley D. Free. “He led the organization with the same unique combination of intelligence, innovation and decisiveness, unparalleled qualities he demonstrates daily through his day-to-day activities and leadership at our Poteau Campus.”

Culwell is currently running for National ACTE Vice President of the Administration Division. Voting for this position will begin at the ACTE Vision 2019 Conference in Anaheim, California, in December.

Kiamichi Technology Centers has played an integral role in southeastern Oklahoma communities since 1968, serving ten full and three partial counties. KTC is one of 29 districts in the Oklahoma CareerTech system with more than 30 career programs. KTC also offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields. KTC has nearly 23,000 full time and short-term enrollments each year and serves area companies through the Business and Industry Services division that works with over 400 businesses annually.