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Institute to address nontraditional careers

Institute to address nontraditional careers

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is partnering with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity to present the Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Institute this spring.

“The institute is open to secondary schools, technology centers and colleges to increase nontraditional student awareness and to encourage shared experiences of the participants,” said Jeremy Zweiacker, Carl Perkins monitoring and nontraditional coordinator with CareerTech. “The term nontraditional refers to those careers where 25 percent or less of one gender is represented, and our hope is to help educators remove barriers students may face when choosing these careers.”

The institute includes three components: a regional session; follow-up conference calls and webinars; and a two-day summit.

Participants will begin at a one-day professional development session at a regional location. The session will be facilitated by a NAPE trainer, and participants will use the Explore Nontraditional Careers Toolkit. After the workshop participants will engage in a series of conference calls/webinars to provide support and expertise as they work on their final projects.

To conclude the institute all participants will gather during the two-day Oklahoma Nontraditional Student Summit, which will bring all participants together to share and learn from each other. The summit will also feature an afternoon session on how sites can implement the strategies they have learned through the institute into the local Carl Perkins application.

Six regional workshops will be held:

  • Jan. 26 – Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus.
  • Jan. 27 – Kiamichi Technology Centers, McAlester Campus.
  • Feb. 16 – Canadian Valley Technology Center, Chickasha Campus.
  • Feb. 177 – Northwest Technology Center, Fairview Campus.
  • Feb. 23 – Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus.
  • Feb. 24 – Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Cross Timbers Campus.

The two-day summit will be March 28-29 at Moore Norman Technology Center, Franklin Road Campus.

For more information about the institute, please visit


The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and 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 58 campuses, 395 comprehensive school districts, 15 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 30 Adult Basic Education service providers.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations and national organizations. Through its four lines of business — professional development, technical assistance, research and evaluation and advocacy — NAPE strives to achieve its mission of building educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity and workforce diversity.

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