OK CareerTech Agency Celebrates Public, State Service
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Stillwater, joins the state and nation to celebrate Public Service Recognition Week May 6-12 and State Employee Recognition Day on May 7.
For more than 80 years the CareerTech System has been serving the public. The mission of Oklahoma’s CareerTech system is to prepare Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education and in life, according to State CareerTech Director Phil Berkenbile.
“In addition to helping Oklahomans succeed in careers, many of the 247 state CareerTech employees are also found improving the quality of life in their local communities, integrating the system mission into everyday life through volunteerism and good works,” Berkenbile said.
The annual Public Service Recognition event, celebrated the first Monday through Sunday in May since 1985, is a time set aside to honor the men and women who serve America as federal, state and local government employees. In 2001 the State Employee Recognition Day was initiated.
While the state CareerTech agency is located in Stillwater, many state agency employees commute to work or live and work in towns across Oklahoma to better serve the public professionally.
These employees give back to their local communities contributing personal time, energy and resources to improve quality of life. CareerTech employees can be found volunteering for Girl and Boy Scouts of America, domestic violence, youth and homeless shelters, American Red Cross and Oklahoma Youth Expo.
They also volunteer for Special Olympics, local Chambers of Commerce, local school and city boards, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Stillwater Humane Society, Community Singers, community theater, Lions Club, Rotary and Kiwanis, to name a few.
State CareerTech employee Steve Robison recently completed a three-year term on the Stillwater Area United Way Board of Directors.
"Although living in Stillwater my entire life, I had no idea the impact that United Way and partner agencies have in this community," Robison said. "We are all fortunate to live in such a great town with so many citizens willing to step up to provide that safety net for those among us who are most vulnerable. CareerTech has a rich history of volunteering and giving back to the community. I'm thankful to work for an organization that is truly community and family focused."
During the past five years employees at the state CareerTech agency have donated more than 600 units of blood to the Northwest Oklahoma Blood Institute and American Red Cross, according to state CareerTech Human Resources Manager Alisa Oglesby.
“Cumulatively over the past five years, employees have donated approximately nearly $200,000 to non-profit causes such United Way, American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days and Relay for Life and the American Heart Association, Oglesby said.
Oklahoma’s CareerTech agency provides leadership, resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education.
The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 57 campuses, 395 comprehensive school districts and behind prison walls in CareerTech Skills Centers and other sites for juveniles, probationers and other offenders. Nearly half - 80,575 - of Oklahoma's high school students are enrolled in CareerTech courses enrolled in 77,000 college credit hours during the 2010-11 school year.
The agency is state headquarters for flagship programs and student organizations for high school and adult students including Agricultural Education / FFA; Business and Information Technology Education / Business Professionals of America; Family and Consumer Sciences Education / Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Health Careers Education / Health Occupations Students of America; Marketing Education / DECA; Technology Engineering / Technology Student Association; and Trade and Industrial Education / SkillsUSA.
The state offices of Business and Industry Services provide leadership and support to technology centers that help small and large companies prosper. Last year some 6,700 companies increased profitability through a range of services such as customized training to emerging, expanding and existing businesses across the state.
For more information about the Oklahoma CareerTech System visit www.okcareertech.org