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Work Prep/TANF

Work Prep programs are funded at more than 39 technology center campuses across the state. Work Prep students have an opportunity to enroll in full-time, short-term, niche market, or individualized skills training and receive employment services. Work Prep students are eligible for the following educational components:

Vocational and Technical

Full-time Vocational and Technical Education - An instructional program designed to prepare individuals with entry-level skills and training for employment in a specific trade, occupation, or profession. Students are in a technical and/or vocational class for 30 hours per week for two semesters. Most full-time vocational and technical education programs offer college credit to student completers. These accredited programs are open to Work Prep and non-Work Prep students and provide the clock hours necessary for Pell Grants.

Adult and Career Development - Courses that provide individuals an avenue to develop the skills and competencies they need to succeed in today's workplace.  Through Oklahoma's technology centers, adults may participate in learning opportunities to develop new and emerging job skills, ease workforce transition, and enhance career development.

Adult and Career Development courses are offered as open-enrollment, short-term courses or as occupational programs.  Adult and Career Development courses offer career and skill development and certification opportunities in industries such as health, computer and information technology, and many others. Short- term programs classes are generally, but not always, offered in the evening.

Because they can be completed in much less time than full-time vocational and technical education, students may not receive Pell Grants unless they take several in a sequence. For such a sequence to be accredited, the curriculum of each short-term vocational and technical program offered must be equivalent in content and rigor to the curriculum in a full-time vocational technical education program. Furthermore, their accreditation must be recognized by the ODCTE accreditation division in order for students to receive Pell Grants.

Adult and Career Development courses offered at Oklahoma technology centers are:

  • Open to anyone 16 years or older
  • Flexible
  • Designed to provide hands-on training opportunities
  • Cost effective
  • Designed to provide lifelong learning and continuing education opportunities

Niche Market Training - A Work Prep program may create vocational and technical training program(s) to train Work Prep students for high-demand occupations (i.e., Certified Nurses Aid).

Individualized Training - A Work Prep student whose interest and aptitude match an occupation that is unique and has a limited demand may receive individualized training by contracting with an occupational specialist (i.e., vender repair person) to deliver the instruction.

Work-site Learning (Private and Public Sectors)

Work-site learning is a planned learning experience for students, under the guidance of a workplace mentor, to develop specific technical competencies and general workplace competencies.

Most often, this vocational training is for a specific job identified by a public or private sector. The employer provides the learning environment and work site mentor, and Work Prep staff member(s), collaborating with the employer and/or work site mentor, design and implement the instruction.

Basic Academic Education

Work Prep students are taught math, reading, grammar, and other academic subjects needed to be successful in their vocational and technical programs and their jobs.  Recipients may receive a Career Readiness Certificate and/or a GED as a result of this academic training.

Job Readiness/Job Search Skills

Work Prep students learn how to create a resume, complete an application, search for job openings, and interview for positions. In addition, they learn other workplace and technical skills necessary to find and retain employment related to their training.

Performance Measures

  • Completion target for clients served is 80%
  • Wages equal to or greater than $8.00 per hour
  • Training related placement target is 75%
  • Work Prep Program Financial Information
  • The Work Prep investment is approximately $3.9 million annually.
  • Approximately 1,300 Work Prep clients are served annually.
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