Skills Development Conference 2017

The Skills Development Conference 2017 is upon us. Please see below for the final details.

Registration
Registration for Day 1, Thursday, November 16th, will be from 9:30am to 10:30am in the Multi-Purpose Hall (see attached map).  The Opening Ceremony will start at 10:30am.  Do not be late!
Registration for Day 2, Friday, November 17th, will be from 9:00am to 9:20am in the Main Building on the 3rd Floor. (This is for JTEs attending the second day only)

You can also find your workshop assignments here.

2017 SDC Participants 参加者名簿 (Ken)

2017 SDC Participants 参加者名簿 (Muni)

These will be printed in your SDC booklets as well so there’s no need to bring this information with you.

Location
Okinawa Prefectural Education Center
沖縄県立総合教育センター (Okinawa kenritsu sougou kyouiku sentaa)
〒904-2174 沖縄県 沖縄市与儀3丁目11番1号
098-933-7595
See here for a more detailed step-by-step set of directions to the Education Center via car/bus.
Please park at the Comprehensive Athletic Park next door.  If you are being dropped off, we ask that you get dropped off at the gates to the center.

Building map: H29 Booklet (p21) 教育センター MAP (2017)

Dress Code
The SDC is a formal business conference, so formal business attire is required.  Kariyushi will also be allowed. For the men, no shorts please. For women, please keep in mind that some rooms may be too warm for a jacket. In other words, there will likely be no A/C so everyone please be prepared.

Attendance
Attendance for each workshop is mandatory and will be strictly monitored throughout the conference.
Please be sure to check your name off on the sign-in sheet as you enter each workshop.  If you miss a workshop (or do not check your name off), your school or office will receive a call from our division (this policy will also apply to JTEs) so please be absolutely sure you attend and sign-in for each workshop!

Workshops
You may not switch workshops during the SDC. Some workshops were very popular, and unfortunately we could not accommodate everyone’s 1st choice. Presenters and moderators have worked very hard putting their workshops together. It would be inconsiderate to switch workshops and inconvenience those who created lessons, activities, and print outs based on the number of attendees registered.

The Facilities
Please treat the Education Center like your local library.  Food and drinks are not allowed in any of the rooms*.  Please be sure to take all of your trash with you when you leave as well. Also, there are people working and other events taking place while we’re using the facilities.  Please keep the noise down between workshops and don’t congregate in large groups in the hallways or outside of the buildings.

*We have been given special permission this year to eat in two of the rooms during lunch time. One room is open to the general population and the other is for the OkiAJET lunch session. Feel free to bring a bento, but make sure you take all your trash home with you.

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2017 Ken JET interviews

Ken JET Interviews are taking place on Monday, October 16th for Ken JETs on Ishigaki and Miyako and Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th for mainland and Kume Ken JETs. The revised interview schedule has already been sent out to your schools and is also attached here for your reference Ken JET Interview Schedule 2017

The Ishigaki interviews will take place at Yaeyama Senior High School in the small Meeting Room (八重山高等学校) and Miyako interviews will take place Miyako Senior High School in Meeting Room #1 (宮古高等学校 第1会議室).

Wednesday and Thursday’s interviews will be taking place at the Prefectural Office on the 13th Floor in Meeting Room #3 (県庁13階 第3会議室)You can park downstairs, best near the west (西) elevator hall, and get it validated by us. Please make sure you park directly beneath the Kencho and not in one of the other underground lots. Otherwise you will have to pay for parking yourself.

Finding your way to the Prefectural Office

めんそーれ incoming OkiJETs

Welcome to all the incoming OkiJETs for 2017! While we’re sad to see a number of OkiJETs leaving us we’re looking forward to meeting all you newcomers. We’re sure you’re looking forward to arriving by now so why not take a look at the OkiJET welcome videos page for a great preview of your year(s) ahead.

Also, please come and say hello on the OkiJETs Facebook group which is a great place to ask general questions about work and home life in Okinawa.

This site contains a wealth of information about what to expect and it’s all written by previous and current OkiJETs so please take a look around and start getting excited.

KenJET Reappointment and Returning JET Ceremonies

Date
Friday, July 7th

Time and Location
Ken ALT Reappointment Ceremony: 10:30 – 11:30 in the Prefectural Office, 13th Floor Conference Rooms #1 & #2

Ken ALT Returners Ceremony: 13:15 – 14:15 in the Prefectural Office, 13th Floor Conference Room #1

Address
Okinawa Prefectural Office
沖縄県庁(Okinawa kenchou)
〒900-8570 沖縄県那覇市泉崎1丁目2番2号
098-866-2715

Please use the basement parking at the office and get the parking validated by us. If you park at the public parking structure, we will not be able to validate your parking. For a more detailed step-by-step set of directions to the Prefectural Office and parking please see the “Getting to the Kenchou” page.

Dress code
Formal business event, so formal business attire is required. Kariyushi is also okay.

Other reminders
For Reappointing JETs, please bring your inkan for your contracts. After the ceremony, those who need to renew their working visas have a chance to go to the Immigration Office in Naha.

For Returning JETs, you will need to prepare a short speech (in Japanese) about your experience on JET. You will also be receiving your flight tickets at this time, so be sure to bring your inkan.

Tropical Depression Chaba

Typhoon Chaba (台風第18号 taifuu dai jyuu hachi gou) is currently approaching Okinawa from the southeast. Technically it’s still a “tropical depression” but forecasters seems sure it will turn into a typhoon by this weekend. It is expected to pass over Okinawa bringing rain and strong winds around Monday, October 3rd.

Please take all precautions to secure your own safety. Secure or clear your balcony of any loose items or objects that may be blown away by the storm. If you have an outdoor washing machine, find a way to firmly tape/hold the lid down.

Be sure to check in with your coordinators for typhoon procedures regarding school and keep an eye on the news. 1st year JETs, page 25 of your OkiJET Welcome Handbook has more information on how to prepare for a typhoon for your reference.

You can keep track of developments at:

http://www.stripes.com/blogs/pacific-storm-tracker/tropical-depression-21w-chaba-6-1.431235
http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/typh5.html
https://english.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/wp201621.html
http://www.usno.navy.mil/NOOC/nmfc-ph/RSS/jtwc/warnings/wp2116.gif

Stay safe everyone!

Tropical Storm Nepartak

Tropical Storm Nepartak (台風第1号 taifuu dai ichi gou) is currently approaching Okinawa from the southeast. It is forecasted to pass over Ishigaki and Miyako area from tomorrow night, July 6th to Thursday morning, July 7th bringing rain and strong winds.

If you are in the affected regions, please take all precautions to secure your own safety. Secure or clear your balcony of any loose items or objects that may be blown away by the storm.

You can keep track of the Typhoon at:

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/1601.html

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/western-pacific/2016/Tropical-Depression-Nepartak

 

 

KenJET Reappointment and Returning JET Ceremonies

Date: Friday, July 8th

 

Time & Location: Ken ALT Reappointment Ceremony: 10:30 – 11:30 in the Prefectural Office, 13th Floor Conference Rooms #1 & #2

Ken ALT Returners Ceremony: 13:15 – 14:15 in the Prefectural Office, 13th Floor Conference Room #1

Address: Okinawa Prefectural Office 沖縄県庁(Okinawa kenchou) 〒900-8570 沖縄県那覇市泉崎1丁目2番2号 098-866-2715

Please park in the basement parking at the office and get the parking validated. If you park at the public parking structure, we will not be able to validate your parking. You can visit the OkiJET website for a more detailed step-by-step set of directions to the Prefectural Office.

Attire: Formal business event, so formal business attire is required. Kariyushi is also okay.

Other Reminders: For Reappointing JETs, please bring your inkan for your contracts. After the ceremony, those who need to renew their working visas have a chance to go to the Immigration Office in Naha. For Returning JETs, you will need to prepare a short speech (in Japanese) about your experience on JET. You will also be receiving your flight tickets at this time, so be sure to bring your inkan.