School for the Deaf to make a splash at Aquatic Activity Center groundbreaking January 22

Building with sign Oklahoma School for the Deaf

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Deaf will break ground Wednesday, January 22, on land reserved for a new Aquatic Activity Center and Safe Room in Sulphur.

The 10,000 square foot facility will include the pool, lobby, two locker rooms, concessions and restrooms.

The locker rooms will double as an area of refuge to protect OSD students and staff in severe weather.

Oklahoma State Plan Public Comment Now Open

As part of requirements from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will be completing a new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan.

The plan is due March 3, 2020 to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Oklahoma School for the Blind students to serve at Sapulpa Lions Bean Dinner

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SAPULPA, Okla. – Don't miss out on the Sapulpa Lions Club Bean Dinner on Jan. 30 at the Sapulpa First Baptist Church located at 124 S. Elm where Oklahoma School for the Blind students will be serving the public. The Sapulpa Lions Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili recipes that have kept friends and neighbors coming back to their annual dinners every year since 1952.

Public Invited to Disability Program Administrative Rule Hearings

OKLAHOMA CITY - Proposed rule changes potentially affecting several programs for Oklahomans with disabilities will be the focus of a public hearing held by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council.

The public is encouraged to attend the meetings in Oklahoma City on Feb. 3 and Tulsa on Feb. 4.

Programs affected by the proposed new rules are administered by DRS and include vocational rehabilitation and employment services for Oklahomans with all types of disabilities.

Oklahoma School for the Blind teacher renews national board certification

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Oklahoma School for the Blind teacher Faye Miller joins 4,786 teachers across the United States who have renewed their certifications as National Board Certified Teachers.

Miller was recertified recently as a National Board Certified Teacher for Exceptional Needs Students with Visual impairments.

She is a certified orientation and mobility instructor who trains Oklahoma School for the Blind students to travel safely and independently.

Good for Business: Central Oklahoma businesses to recruit job candidates at new Career Opportunity Expo

Text over prosthetic ankle in flaming tennis shoe. Business leaders meet talented, loyal workers at Ready, Set, Hired! DRS logo. Career Opportunity Expo.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma employers like OGE, FAA and Ditchwitch are already signed up for the first Career Opportunity Expo 2020: Ready, Set Hired! on February 11.

Employers are invited to showcase their businesses and recruit talented, loyal job candidates who are ready to work.

The Business Services Program in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will hold free skills development and marketing training seminars to attract qualified jobseekers to attend the event.

School for the Deaf coach, players win National DeafDigest sports awards

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SULPHUR, Okla. – National Deafdigest Sports has named Angie Shelby, Oklahoma School for the Deaf volleyball coach, as 2019 coach of the year.

The organization selected Shelby, who graduated from OSD in 1999, as the top division 2 coach for all schools for the deaf in the nation.

“I’m humbled to be named coach of the year,” Shelby said. “I could not take all credit because I feel strongly that my Assistant Coach Caroline Evans and Student Assistant Coach Isaiah Holt are the huge help with the program.”

Good for Business: Business leaders invited to exhibit at DRS Career Opportunity Expo

Businessleaders meet talented, loyal workers at Ready, Set, Hired! DRS logo. Career Opportunity Expo. Text in front of graphic of prosthetic ankle in tennis show on fire.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Business leaders aren't missing an opportunity to recruit an untapped pool of talented, loyal job candidates. They're joining OGE, FAA and Ditchwitch to reserve exhibit space now at the first Career Opportunity Expo 2020: Ready, Set Hired! on February 11 in Oklahoma City.

Expo 2020 will be hosted by Greater Oklahoma City Chamber member Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, to enable business leaders to showcase their companies and meet qualified jobseekers attracted to the event by free skills development and marketing training seminars.

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