Category Archives: Oklahoma CareerTech

Oklahoma CareerTech: Developing a World-Class Workforce

Oklahoma’s Career and Technology Education System is focused on developing a world-class workforce. This comprehensive system delivers educational experiences through 394 PK-12 school districts, 29 technology center districts, 16 Skills Centers sites and 32 adult basic education providers and to more than 6,900 businesses.

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Keeping Mental Health In Check

Steven R. Aragon, Ph.D, CareerTech’s Equity and Diversity Specialist, talks about ways to take care of not just your physical health, but your mental health during these trying times of pandemic.

What It Takes – Duncan Regional Hospital

It takes partnerships to power our economy. Check out how Oklahoma CareerTech works with Duncan Regional Hospital to train the workers they need, from the area they serve.

CareerTech Horizon Podcast: “Driving Progress”

Do you remember your first car, and how liberating it was to drive on your own? Do you remember the first time that car stopped working?CThorizon6

In this episode, CareerTech Horizon hits the road, driving through the many parts of this growing, diverse industry in our state.

  • Our first stop is the Oklahoma City Auto Show, bringing together auto dealers and enthusiasts to spread the word about the opportunities of the auto industry to students.
  • We visit an auto service education program mixing alternative fuels into the curriculum, and the importance of playing it safe around natural gas, electric, and hybrid cars.
  • We fire up the not-so modern marvel of the internal combustion engine, and the oil-based fuels that power it. A journalist shares his documentary, seeking the truth about the oil industry.
  • Finally, we look at the bigger picture of Oklahoma’s auto manufacturing industry, and how state leaders are planning to build it up all over the Sooner State.

You can follow us on Twitter @CT_Horizon, or find us on Facebook.

You can also visit our website, cthorizon.org for show notes, discussion, and bonus content, “Beyond Your Horizon.”

Free Instructional Resources

The Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement has several free instructional resources available for students and teachers, from an employability guide to lessons in infection, immunology and sanitation.

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Financial Literacy

Ag Ed Shop Project Plans

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Additional Resources

Oklahoma CareerTech Reaches Out to Help

Wes Watkins Tech donated PPE to medical professionals in Shawnee, Holdenville, Hughes County and Okfuskee County.

Thank you to educators across Oklahoma who have been providing help to students and their communities. Here are a few examples from across the state.

Technology centers, including Tulsa TechPioneer TechSouthwest TechMoore Norman TechCanadian Valley TechNortheast Tech, Francis Tuttle Tech, Wes Watkins Tech, Metro Tech, Chisholm Trail Tech, Gordon Cooper TechCaddo Kiowa Tech and Kiamichi Tech, have donated personal protective equipment (masks, gowns, goggles, gloves), hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and spray to local facilities. Many of the supplies are normally used for health careers education. CVTC also donated the plants from its canceled greenhouse sale to area parks and public garden spaces.

Tech centers like Indian Capital Tech are also using 3D printers to print masks, protective shields and other supplies. Francis Tuttle Tech and other tech centers have also loaned hospitals the ventilators that they use in health careers education classes.

A CareerTech Gateway to Technology teacher at Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond used the school’s laser engraver to make hooks for medical professionals’ masks so they don’t have to hook them on their ears. A Meridian Tech STEM instructor did the same for Stillwater Medical Center staff.

Gordon Cooper Tech in Shawnee is also helping community members by providing free Wi-Fi they can access in the parking lot.

A CareerTech Gateway to Technology teacher at an Edmond Middle School used a laser engraver to make hooks for masks.

The CareerTech Master Educator Program

The CareerTech Master Educator program offers 7,800 FREE courses. This unique personal learning opportunity allows teachers to tailor their own professional development through a multi level professional development system giving CareerTech teachers the opportunity to earn credit toward credentials while learning valuable skills. CareerTech’s Master Educator program is designed to inspire continuous learning through a variety of learning experiences while also giving individuals the opportunity to track and manage their personal professional development goals.

To get started, contact Jennifer Wehrenberg at jennifer.wehrenberg@careertech.ok.gov or call 405-742-8575.

Free Course: “Intro to CareerTech: A Brief History

Oklahoma CareerTech’s online course, “Intro to CareerTech: A Brief History”, provides an engaging look at how our system became one of the most envied in the world. Register at ctYOU.org, look for the link in the course banner and self-enroll. It’s FUN and it’s FREE!

CareerTech Champions

William E. Powell Jr. – Lexington Skills Center

Business owner: Success started with one CareerTech instructor who cared.

L to R: Instructor Cecil Wainscott, CareerTech Director Marcie Mack, business owner William Powell.

THEN: He had lost everything. William Powell was serving a 10-year prison

sentence, and in his own words, his life was completely void of any source of pride. Then a former student at Lexington Correctional Center told him about Cecil Wainscott. Powell said the one-on-one guidance he received from the licensed trades instructor transformed his life.

After Powell was accepted into the licensed trades program, he had something he could be proud of. In fact, he had a lot to be proud of. He completed his GED while he was incarcerated and later became a certified unlimited electrical journeyman and contractor.

Powell said the electrical training and his CareerTech experience helped him develop:

  • Focus – giving him “the proverbial bullseye” he said he is always looking for.
  • Accountability – “It’s not only about me,” he said. “It’s about making everyone around me better.”
  • Pride – “Being able to call myself an electrician gave me a drive to succeed,” he said.

Powell said he uses the skills he learned in the CareerTech program on a daily basis.

NOW: William Powell owns his own electrical business, Powell Electric, in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The business is bonded and insured.

Powell said he is blessed beyond measure.

“I have money in the bank, I own a home and vehicles, and I am a pillar in my community,” he said.

OK CareerTech: Free Teacher Resource

When it comes to supporting teachers, we’re all in. Oklahoma CareerTech has resources like the Developing Modules for Self Paced Learning guide located HERE. We are here to help!

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