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Oklahoma technology centers, the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech and the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education launched a multimedia, multiyear advertising campaign in January 2007. This campaign seeks to position the Oklahoma CareerTech System as the educational leader in economic, community and career development for Oklahoma.

Strategies were developed following a study completed by the Center for Applied Economic Research at Oklahoma State University on the impact of full-time programs at technology centers. The campaign emphasizes the impact CareerTech has on the state’s economy and individuals’ careers.

The key messages are (1) Oklahoma CareerTech graduates add more than $2 billion annually to the state’s economy, and (2) CareerTech increased profitability for more than 6,900 companies in 2012. These key messages were supported with information about the Training for Industry Program and the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network. Other key messages are (1) College credits earned by CareerTech students are a pathway to further education, and (2) Half of Oklahoma high school students are enrolled in CareerTech classes.

Role of CareerTech:

Staff members of the ODCTE serve on the steering committee. The department continues to fund research and provide support in various ways, including Creative Services, printing and special events.

Cost-Benefit Analysis of CareerTech Career Majors - Lifetime Income Gains and the Impact on the Oklahoma Economy. A study prepared by: Mark C. Snead, Ph.D. March 2013


Paula Bowles – 405-743-5108 –

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