MNTC and Ohio School District Partner for National CareerTech Month®
(NORMAN, Okla.) Jan. 29, 2016 – Moore Norman Technology Center and Tolles, a career and technical education school district in Plain City, Ohio, have partnered for a national awareness campaign that spotlights February's Career & Technical Education Month.
The schools' shared CTE campaign is "Two Schools, One CTE: Creating Opportunities for Career Success" and it tags onto the National Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)'s theme of "Opportunities for Career Success!"
Starting Feb. 1, MNTC and Tolles students will be featured through each school's online outlets and a CTE microsite at 2schools1cte.com. The campaign ends with a live online forum at 11 a.m. EST/10 a.m. CST featuring MNTC Superintendent Jane Bowen and Tolles Superintendent Kim Wilson. They will discuss the outlook on technical education and jobs in their respective state and discuss the importance of families considering career and technical education as an option for their students. The campaign will highlight the career training programs available at both schools within the health, technical and business & information technology fields.
CTE Month provides career and technical education programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how career training gets students career-and-college ready and prepares them for higher-wage, in-demand careers.
MNTC Superintendent Jane Bowen said, "Career and technical education is essential for Oklahoma's economy to continue to thrive. At Moore Norman, we constantly look for ways to improve the training and education that we offer students and business partners.
"We're also able to quickly make crucial adjustments based on industry demands. That's the power of CareerTech for Oklahoma's workforce and I'm so proud to be a part of it."
"We are excited to partner with one of Oklahoma's leading career-technical education schools in building awareness of how powerful career-technical education is at readying our students for college, careers, and our nation's economic success," said Shane Haggerty, district spokesman for Tolles. "In creating this campaign with Moore Norman, we hope to showcase how our programs align and how two schools separated by more than 900 miles are striving for the same thing: to prepare tomorrow's workforce."
Tolles serves more than 1,400 middle and high school students and hundreds of adults. MNTC is of comparable size and serves not only high school and adult students, but also serves thousands of business and conference clients and entrepreneurs each year. Representatives of each schools' marketing departments connected at a National School Public Relations conference last year and developed the idea to partner for CTE Month.
ACTE's website reports that career and technical education encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. It also states that CTE addresses national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness, layoffs and the growing skills gap.
Established in 1974, Tolles is a career and technical school providing a launchpad for both high school students and adult learners. Tolles offers 22 on-campus high school programs, 18 middle school and high school satellite programs, and adult education classes in Firefighting/EMT, RAMTEC, STNA, and Adult Basic Literacy Education, ESOL, and GED preparation. Located south of Plain City, Ohio, Tolles serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Hilliard, Jonathan Alder, London, Madison-Plains and Jefferson Local school districts. By combining bankable skills with rigorous academics, Tolles continues to post uplifting results for students and the community. For additional information about Tolles call 614-873-4666 or visit tollestech.com.
Established in 1972, Moore Norman Technology Center is one of 29 career and technical educational institutions within Oklahoma's globally-recognized CareerTech System. Serving the central Oklahoma communities of Norman, Moore and south Oklahoma City, MNTC provides high school and adult students a quality, affordable technical career education in the areas of health, technical trades, and business & information systems. MNTC also provides business and industry training and certification to help area companies shore up their workforce and achieve their business goals. MNTC has multiple National Board Certified instructors and is a 13-time Gold Star School Award winner.
Anna Aguilar, M.A., APR
Media & Creative Coordinator
Moore Norman Technology Center
W: 405-364-5763, ext. 7575