New Legislators Receive CareerTech Education
New legislators tour Central Tech. From the left are Central Tech Truck Driver Training Director Marc Brown, Rep. James Leewright; CareerTech Interim State Director Marcie Mack; Rep. Kevin Wallace; and Central Tech Superintendent Phil Waul.
(DRUMRIGHT, Okla.) Dec. 15, 2014 Newly elected legislators Rep. James Leewright and Rep. Kevin Wallace spent several hours Dec. 10 becoming acquainted with the CareerTech programs in their district by visiting the Central Tech campus.
"Intent on impacting the economy within their districts, the visit focused on creating jobs, improving education and driving economic development in Oklahoma," said Central Tech Superintendent Phil Waul.
Instructors from surgical technology and cosmetology shared their student pass rate of 100 percent on industry licensing and certifications. Graduates from both of these programs, along with many other classes, are required to pass industry certifications or licensing exams before becoming qualified for work. Certifications protect the integrity of certain job titles and represent occupational competency as required by industry.
During the visit, Leewright and Wallace had the opportunity to hear firsthand from oil and gas advisory committee members as they discussed the shortage of skilled workers. They learned how the businesses are collaborating with Central Tech to help close the skills gap by delivering customized training to employees.
The skills shortage is widespread, and the oil and gas industry is not alone. In the transportation industry, Central Tech works diligently to minimize the need for truck drivers by offering a 23-day truck driver training course which denotes a 96 percent placement rate with average annual salaries of $45,000.
Leewright and Wallace, joined by Rep. Lee Denney, heard from CareerTech's Interim State Director Marcie Mack and learned why Oklahoma's CareerTech system is often used as a model for programs across the United States.
The system offers its programs and services throughout nearly 400 public school districts, 29 technology centers with 59 campus sites and 16 skills centers located in correctional facilities. Each technology center works closely with advisers from local industry to ensure that students learn the skills needed to be valued members of the workforce.
For more information on Central Tech or the Central Tech impact, visit CentralTech.edu.
Rep. Leewright serves part of Creek County including Mannford, Olive, Kellyville, Bristow, part of Sapulpa and Drumright. Rep. Wallace serves part of Lincoln County including Davenport, Stroud and the edge of Cushing.
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