Learning to Earn
This entertaining history of Career and Technology Education in Oklahoma is a "must read" for anyone associated with the CareerTech system.
Written by historian and native Oklahoman Dr. Danney Goble, Learning to Earn tells CareerTech's history in a fresh and engaging manner. Goble draws on many sources, from doctoral theses to published reports to oral histories, to tell an interesting tale in a conversational style.
The narrative begins before Oklahoma becomes a state in 1907. The book takes you from the start of the vocational agricultural programs under the leadership of J. B. Perky, through his years as Director, and goes on through the years of Dr. Francis Tuttle, Dr. Roy Peters and Dr. Ann Benson as Directors of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, up to the leadership of then-Interim State Director Dr. Phil Berkenbile (who was named State Director shortly after the book was published).
Learning to Earn includes a chronology of milestone events from 1862 to the present, as well as 20 pages of photographs. You can also download a free discussion guide that helps you put CareerTech's history in the context of historical events in the U.S. and around the world. Together, these two publications are a valuable resources for those studying the history of Career and Technology Education as part of a professional development program, or for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of CareerTech.
We are also offering "Major Milestones of Career and Technology Education in Oklahoma," a discussion guide that walks you through CareerTech's major milestones since its inception. As you read what was happening in the CareerTech world, a timeline helps you see what was going on in the rest of the world at that time.
Goble's publication is a quick read, but this historical document gives readers an even more concise view of the big picture. It's always easier to get where you're going if you know where you've been, and this tool offers teachers, students, administrators, employees, and anyone interested in Career and Technology Education an appreciation of just how far we've come on the way to our national success as a vocational system.
Download "Major Milestones of Career and Technology Education in Oklahoma" (PDF file, 1.39 MB)