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2005 - 2012

2005 - Mission changed in the 2005 Strategic Plan to, “We prepare Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education, and in life.”

• The state agency entered into a partnership with Aurora Learning Community Association to develop an online delivery system called ICAT. This tool is a learning and content management system provided to all teachers, students, counselors, staff and administration associated with the Oklahoma CareerTech system.

• CareerTech, along with ACT, developed the Career Readiness Certificate to help job applicants prove to employers that they have the foundational skills necessary to begin work and successfully participate in job training programs. Career Readiness uses a test to measure a person’s ability to learn, communicate and solve problems. The program also identifies required skills for a specific job and helps identify necessary training.

• “Oklahoma Horizon,” a television show focusing on agriculture, economic development and the education and training of Oklahomans for successful careers debuted on OETA. The 30-minute weekly production is a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and CareerTech. Only six months after its first episode, the show moved to a new time slot and two new segments were added.

2006 - The first Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation Minority Scholarship was presented to recruit qualified individuals to pursue an educational plan in a college or university.

• A $1 million grant was given to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education by the United States Department of Labor for its youthful offender program

2007 - Technology Education changed its name to Technology Engineering and later to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

• Sixteen Career Clusters were created to provide an organizing tool or framework for schools, colleges, small learning communities, academies, magnet schools, Tech Prep sites and High School That Work sites.

• An initiative to increase the number of students who meet the reading, math and science performance goals began in technology centers with Technology Centers That Work.

• Oklahoma piloted the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science curriculum. The first course, Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, was field-tested in 42 schools in seven states that provided funding for the development of the program.

2008 - The Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center began offering full-color curriculum to its customers, and the Printing Plant upgraded equipment to meet this demand.

• Tri County Technology Center entered into a Cooperative Alliance with higher education. Now all 29 technology centers have Cooperative Alliances, making it a true statewide partnership.

• The Testing Division launched a national testing effort in conjunction with the Career Clusters project. The National Health Science Assessment became the first test offered.

2009 - Women in Leadership began to create a professional learning community that will maximize leadership opportunities for women in CareerTech Education. The women participated in four sessions where they learned how to influence others, communicate information, lead and think strategically.

• The Oklahoma Career Readiness Certificate Program transferred to the ODCTE from the Department of Commerce.

2010 - The Service Center and Warehouse merged their spaces and some functions to become more efficient.

• The state agency offered an early retirement incentive, followed by a reduction in force resulting in a reduction of 30 full-time staff members.

• CareerTech Perspectives began to provide a hands-on approach to learning the intricacies of our system. Its goals were to create a culture of inquiry and excitement for CareerTech initiatives, expand each participant’s network and resource base and establish the foundation necessary to accomplish the mission of CTE by understanding the important role the CareerTech system plays in the success of individuals and our state’s economy.

• The OKCIS App for the iPhone, with a searchable scholarship list, detailed occupational information, and the Oklahoma schools database became available in the iTunes App Store.

• A partnership between ODCTE and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education allowed 27 technology center districts to accept etranscripts, transcripts sent electronically, from their partner comprehensive schools.

• In July, State Director Phil Berkenbile began a one-year term as president of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

2011 - The Oklahoma CareerTech Skills Centers School System celebrated 40 years of restoring lives. The Skills Centers offer specialized, occupational training to adult and juvenile offenders throughout the state,

2012 - CareerTech supported Oklahoma’s Military-to-Employment Transition Initiative along with the Oklahoma Military Connection to help those who have served in the military find resources and help in finding jobs. The department hired a coordinator to assist with these efforts. The Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society Endowed Scholarship Program was established with the CareerTech Foundation.

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