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CareerTech Fills Skills Gap

Oklahoma CareerTech is showcasing how it is teaching students the skills they need to obtain jobs and fill the skills gap outlined in a recent report commissioned by the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative. “Oklahoma Horizon” videos on our website feature ways CareerTech is training individuals and helping companies in critical areas identified by the Department of Commerce and the governor’s American Works initiative: manufacturing, aerospace, energy, IT, health and STEM. CareerTech’s goal is to increase degree and/or certification completion and to create a seamless pipeline to successful careers.
Skilled Workforce Demand

Skilled Workforce Demand

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center offers students skills training to attain industry credentials to fill highly skilled jobs.

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ULearn Academy

ULearn Academy

ULearn is steering students at younger ages towards subjects essential for a highly skilled workforce.

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Jennifer Monies - Skills Gap

Jennifer Monies - Skills Gap

Workers with certifications or degrees are in high demand to fill jobs in Oklahoma’s business and industry sector.

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Jobs Are Looking For Workers

Jobs Are Looking For Workers

Unlike most other states, in Oklahoma, workers aren’t looking for jobs as much as jobs are looking for workers. It’s an issue that has everyone’s attention from the state Capitol to industry and education.

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One Stop Shop - ASCO Aerospace USA

One Stop Shop - ASCO Aerospace USA

Belgium-based ASCO Industries is a world leader in design and manufacture of complex mechanical assemblies for the aerospace industry. Available workforce, cooperation of Meridian Technology Center in training employees for specific jobs and Oklahoma State University collaborating on research were tipping points in the decision to open a facility in Stillwater.

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MidAmerica Delivers

MidAmerica Delivers

MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, Okla., is collaborating with local businesses, schools and industry to create a skilled local workforce.

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Gov. Mary Fallin - America Works

Gov. Mary Fallin - America Works

The Oklahoma CareerTech System is a partner in the effort to help Oklahomans earn the credentials and degrees they’ll need to find employment and fill the growing skills gap - forecast to be a 23 percent gap by 2020.

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Chuck Mills - Education Is Tied to Jobs

Chuck Mills - Education Is Tied to Jobs

Chuck Mills believes in the magic of manufacturing, as Mills Machines has grown up with Oklahoma’s energy industry. The shortage of skilled workers in Oklahoma is nothing new, now people are finally retiring. Business has to be engaged in education to fill the skills gap.

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Training in the Wind

Training in the Wind

When a semitrailer carrying a wind turbine wound up in a ditch, Francis Tuttle Technology Center turned the accident into a learning tool for wind technicians.

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Career Change: Learning New Skills

Career Change: Learning New Skills

The winds of change blow workers down new career paths requiring additional education and training and creating an opportunity to fill skills gaps in a new job in a new field.

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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way provides middle and high schools with engaging, hands-on courses that prepare students to be innovative and productive leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Striking Back at Cancer

Striking Back at Cancer

Some 1.6 million Americans have been diagnosed with cancer this year alone. Careers with skills in research and biosciences will be in demand to make discoveries that lessen both the human and financial costs of cancer.

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FFA Working to Attract Students to Rural Medicine

FFA Working to Attract Students to Rural Medicine

Agricultural education and FFA, the affiliated CareerTech student organization, target students who are interested in the medical field because it’s easier to keep potential rural doctors at home than to attract urban doctors to the country.

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