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