Comprehensive Schools of the CareerTech Education System
Most of Oklahoma's career and technology education students at the secondary level are enrolled in CareerTech programs in their local schools. In FY15, a total of 1,298 CareerTech teachers in 390 comprehensive public school districts served a total enrollment of 132,052.
These students are in Grades 6-12 and are enrolled in one-period CareerTech programs including agricultural education; business, marketing and information technology education; family and consumer sciences; health careers education; science, technology, engineering and technology education; and trade and industrial education.
Such programs add value to students' high school careers. Not only do they meet the same academic standards required of all other students, they learn skills to manage the challenge of living and working in a diverse society. Their career and technology education classrooms provide a hands-on learning environment where they can increase technological proficiency, develop entrepreneurial skills and gain practical experience. In addition, technology education programs, designed for Grades 6-10, also provide students the opportunity to explore and experience potential careers.
These comprehensive school programs focus on producing well-rounded students. Students learn theory in the classroom, practice their skills in labs and shops, and gain vital leadership and teamwork skills through their participation in one of seven career and technology student organizations. These organizations include:
- BPA - Business Professionals of America
- DECA - Marketing
- FCCLA - Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
- FFA - Agriculture, food, and natural resources student organization
- HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America
- SkillsUSA - Architecture and construction student organization
- TSA - Technology Student Association
- NTHS - National Technical Honor Society
More than 85,000 students join these seven organizations annually. These organizations afford them the opportunity to participate in both leadership and skill contests at the local, state, and national levels.
Success Starts on the Front Line
The success of the CareerTech system begins on the front line. Instructors with real-world experiences strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Each year, instructors are offered opportunities to participate in educational development and training programs designed to hone their technical and teaching skills. Classroom curriculum is available through the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center. In addition, program specialists from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provide technical assistance to instructors.