Category Archives: Skills Centers

51st Annual CareerTech Summer Conference

2018SummerConferenceGoogle education evangelist Jaime Casap will speak to more than 3,700 CareerTech employees at the 51st annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference Aug. 1-2 at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

The conference is held in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.

“Summer Conference brings together individuals from all of the CareerTech delivery arms: K-12 schools, technology centers, Skills Centers, business and industry services and adult basic education. They are the foundation of excellence in providing training and education so that Oklahoma has the most qualified workforce possible to power our economy. It is exciting to witness the dedication that all our CareerTech staff has for moving our system forward,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma CareerTech state director.

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Career Programs Guide

CareerTech Delivers Training and Education for Individuals, Companies

Oklahoma CareerTech delivers education and training in more than 130 career areas through technology centers, K-12 school districts, Skills Centers (programs for offenders), Business and Industry Services and Adult Basic Education.  For more information, please contact the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education or local technology centers and schools.

Use the following link to discover the programs available at each technology center campus: Career Programs Guide

This is CareerTech

A look at the various delivery arms of Oklahoma CareerTech and the impact those have on Oklahoma’s education and business communities.



CareerTech offers inmates help and hope

welding-doc_378rsOklahoma CareerTech delivers help and hope to people incarcerated in Oklahoma’s prisons.

Through its Skills Centers School System, CareerTech offers specialized occupational training to adult and juvenile offenders under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.

Offenders learn skills in several areas, including transportation, distribution and logistics; construction; machining; auto service; heating and air conditioning; and business and information technology. These skills — and others — allow released offenders to transition successfully from the correctional system to the workplace, to support themselves and their families and to become taxpayers who are helping to support the Oklahoma economy.

In fiscal year 2017, the Skills Centers School System served 992 full-time students and 683 short-term students. During that year, 88.52 percent completers received jobs or continued their education.

Skills Centers instructors teach offenders the skills they need to get and keep jobs and live successfully in a community. The classes and instructors prepare the offenders to be productive, positive and professional citizens, according to one instructor at a juvenile facility.

Kent Roof, a CareerTech Skills Centers regional director, explains it as “a holistic approach to making our students successful.” And it is.

Oklahoma CareerTech Skills Centers instructors want the students to learn job skills and life skills, to be successful and not return to incarceration in the future. That’s where the strength of the Skills Centers lies: helping offenders develop the skills they need and helping them supply proof to potential employers of their skills and the changes they’ve made.

The Skills Centers help offenders prove their abilities through technical certifications and the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, which shows abilities in solving problems, thinking critically, reading, applying information, using mathematics and other skills.

One former Eddie Warrior Correctional Center inmate explained that finding a job is hard because “employers want proof that you’ve changed, and when you’re first coming out of prison there’s no way to offer that.”

She earned a transportation, distribution and logistics certification while in the center and now works for the Cherokee Nation, counseling women who have backgrounds similar to hers. She’s also taking college classes to further her education.

Another former Eddie Warrior inmate went to work for a gas and electric company, earning $69 an hour. Her Skills Center education also helped her learn budgeting skills that helped her buy her first house without needing a loan.

That’s Oklahoma CareerTech’s mission: to prepare Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education and in life. The Skills Centers School System delivers that mission to those who need a second chance and helps them achieve it.

CareerTech powers state’s economy

cte_month_logo_2018.pngOklahoma CareerTech is joining other career and technology education entities around the country this month to celebrate Career and Technical Education Month. Each year this national awareness campaign celebrates the value of career and technology education and the achievements and accomplishments of programs across the country.

Oklahoma CareerTech touches and improves the lives of state residents in many ways. Through more than 522,000 enrollments, the system provides education and training for individuals and companies in a myriad of specialized and customized opportunities.

One of the strengths of our CareerTech System is its accessibility. Students in grades six through 12 can receive CareerTech hands-on learning while exploring career paths. More than 139,000 students take advantage of this opportunity. Young people experience career options and get to see first-hand how their passions can fuel education and training for careers.

More than 20,000 high school and adult students attend one of Oklahoma’s 29 technology centers, and adult enrollments in career programs, industry-specific training and career and development training total more than 339,000. A study conducted by economist Mark Snead found that graduates of CareerTech programs in technology centers annually add more than $3.5 billion to Oklahoma’s economy. CareerTech students earned more than 15,000 certificates and/or industry-recognized credentials. Through CareerTech programs 94 percent of students were employed, entered the military or continued their education.

Another valuable component of Oklahoma’s CareerTech System is specialized occupational training offered to more than 1,800 adult and juvenile offenders at Skills Centers sites throughout the state. These individuals are completing programs that will allow them to earn living wages for themselves and their families when they are released.

More than 88,000 Oklahoma students learn important leadership skills as members of the seven CareerTech student organizations: Business Professionals of America; DECA; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; FFA; HOSA; SkillsUSA; and Technology Student Association. According to a study published by the National Research Center for CTE, participating in career and technology student organizations increases students’ academic motivation, academic engagement, grades, career self-efficacy, college aspirations and employability skills.

Not only does Oklahoma CareerTech work to fill the workforce pipeline through its Business and Industry Services, in FY17 CareerTech worked directly with more than 7,800 companies, helping them increase profitability through training, entrepreneurial services, bid assistance and more.

Individuals who dropped out of high school can also receive help from Oklahoma CareerTech. In FY17, CareerTech served more than 1,000 students through Dropout Recovery and served more than 17,000 individuals through Adult Basic Education, which offers high school equivalency, English as a second language and literacy.

Through all of these delivery arms, Oklahoma CareerTech plays a vital role in advancing Oklahoma workforce and powering our economy.