CareerTech Fills Skills Gap
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center offers students skills training to attain industry credentials to fill highly skilled jobs.
ULearn is steering students at younger ages towards subjects essential for a highly skilled workforce.
Workers with certifications or degrees are in high demand to fill jobs in Oklahoma’s business and industry sector.
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.
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.
MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, Okla., is collaborating with local businesses, schools and industry to create a skilled local workforce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.