Category Archives: Oklahoma CareerTech
Oklahoma CareerTech is excited to introduce professional development that fits educators’ schedules and needs.
CareerTech’s Master Educator is an online professional development management system designed to inspire continuous learning through a variety of online courses while also giving individuals the opportunity to track and manage their personal professional development. Course topics range from instructional strategies and classroom management to coaching skills and avoiding burnout. We also have more than 7,000 courses from LinkedIn Learning.
Educators can earn professional development hours that may assist with certification and enhance their professional abilities.
For more information, contact Jennifer Wehrenberg ator 405-743-5155.
High Plains Technology Center, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Guymon Public Schools received a federal $1.5 million grant for a joint welding technology training center in Guymon.
The three educational entities recently broke ground on the center in the Guymon Industrial Park. Students in the center will be able to earn welding certificates from High Plains while also taking academic classes at Panhandle State toward associate or bachelor’s degrees.
Central Technology Center opened Oklahoma’s first oil and gas pipeline and storage training facility in 2011 to meet the training needs of the industry.
The oil and gas industry has a growing need of well-trained and highly skilled workers.
Central Tech’s programs help fill that need in several ways:
- Provide employees with OQ certifications necessary to work in the oil and gas industry.
- Provide students with a career pathway to benefit their future.
- Aid companies in expanding their workforce.
- Assist small companies in obtaining certifications.
- Provide security and safety training to maintain Oklahoma’s safe work environments.
The training facilities include a fully simulated oil and gas storage facility with control center monitoring; pipeline maintenance equipment; CAT backhoe and excavator simulators; and computer systems.
What is your greatest accomplishment? Did you do it alone, or did you get help from your friends, family, or people in your community?
In this episode of CareerTech Horizon, we take a deep dive into Adult Basic Education, and share the stories of Oklahomans who turned their lives around, thanks to the right people helping, supporting, and advocating for them.
- A mother, stressed from working dead-end jobs, who decided to go back to school, just as her child started her first day of school.
- An adult-learning organization in Ardmore, expanding their reach in a short time, thanks to their enthusiastic staff, and the cereal boxes that immortalize their success stories.
- How education plays an integral role in state inmates’ re-entry into society.
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Not sure how to research an occupation or plan your education to your chosen career? Need some help planning your job search, like preparing your resume or learning interviewing tips? OK Career Guide, Oklahoma’s statewide career system supported by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, can help.
The online system, which launched Aug. 21, 2015, is built specifically for Oklahoma. It serves a wide audience and provides data to administrators. Oklahoma schools and all Oklahomans have access to the online tool at no cost.
OK Career Guide allows users to achieve the following:
- Develop career awareness.
- Develop individual career plans.
- Create online portfolios.
- Take assessments.
- Explore careers.
- Research and link to post-secondary schools.
- Locate scholarships.
- Set career goals.
- Connect to business and industry.
- Build resumes and cover letters.
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What did you have to go through, to get where you are today?
In our first episode of CareerTech Horizon, we take a look at a few Oklahoman’s “origin stories.” You’ll learn about:
- An HVAC instructor who overcame his own past failures in education, and how he now helps others do the same.
- A “jack of all trades” who decides to become a cosmetologist, so he can get closer to his daughters.
- An Air Force veteran who now teaches home economics, and how a similar approach can be used in serving one’s country, to serving one’s students.
Construction is one of Oklahoma’s largest industries, and it is only getting bigger.
More than 82,000 Oklahomans work in construction, but more than 119,000 new jobs are expected to open in Oklahoma by 2026. In the entire country, an additional 1.4 million construction professionals will be needed by 2022.
A nationwide skills gap, however, means those construction positions may go unfilled. Oklahoma CareerTech is working to fill that gap with construction trades training and education at 58 technology center campuses statewide and at its skills centers.
“Oklahoma has a critical shortage of workforce in construction. We regularly hear from contractors who have difficulty finding qualified entry level employees, and they are holding back on bidding projects,” said Jeff Huffman, trade and industrial education program manager at ODCTE. “Careers in Construction Month showcases all of the career fields in construction. Oklahoma CareerTech can help you map a successful path to many available career options in construction.”
Oklahoma CareerTech offers education in carpentry, masonry, HVAC, plumbing, electrical work, heavy equipment operation, cabinetmaking and computer-aided design and drafting at technology centers and skills centers. The system offers construction-related certifications in 13 areas.
The system’s construction trades programs are celebrating the national Careers in Construction Month in October, and Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a proclamation declaring that October is Careers in Construction Month in Oklahoma.
Careers in Construction Month was founded by the National Center for Construction Education and Research and Build Your Future to increase public awareness and inspire the next generation of construction craft professionals.
For more information about CareerTech’s construction trades programs, go to https://www.okcareertech.org/educators/career-clusters/architecture-and-construction or visit your local technology center.
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 58 campuses, 394 K-12 school districts, 16 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 32 adult basic education service providers.
The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.
Oklahoma CareerTech and OkACTE honored a number of educators during the Oklahoma Summit, the 52nd annual CareerTech summer conference.
Among them were Dusty Ricks, superintendent of Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne, who received the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award, and Ruth Peace, who received the Arch Alexander Award. Peace retired in June 2019 as ODCTE’s information management division manager.
A key component to developing a high quality workforce is to make certain our students have the opportunity to strengthen their employability skills. CareerTech student organizations do just that throughout our programs. CTSOs are integrated into CareerTech programs. Student organizations provide opportunities for personal growth and scholastic achievement, as well as developing skills in public speaking, planning and organizing.
Members work on various community projects, competitive events and leadership activities and meet other students who share similar interests. Many students enjoy membership in more than one group.