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About Oklahoma CareerTech

For more than 100 years, Oklahoma’s system of career and technology education has focused on improving Oklahoma’s economy by offering individuals the training and skills necessary to be successful in the workplace and providing companies with the workforce necessary to compete globally.
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Powering Oklahoma's Economy

Oklahoma's CareerTech system significantly contributes to the state's economic development and quality of life.

Oklahoma CareerTech is often used as a model for programs across the United States and around the world. 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 59 campuses, 399 PK-12 school districts, 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 32 Adult Basic Education service providers.

Each technology center works closely with advisers from local industries to ensure students learn the skills needed to be valued members of the workforce.

Annually, enrollments in CareerTech classes are more than 455,000. CareerTech provides nationally recognized competency-based curriculum, education and training for a myriad of specialized and customized courses and training opportunities. This curriculum is developed with the input of industry professionals, using skills standards to identify the knowledge and abilites needed to master an occupation.

Competency-based education enables CareerTech to provide students with the skills employers are seeking in the workplace.

Oklahoma CareerTech has developed the OK Career Guide – an easy online tool for all Oklahoma students, adults, veterans, parents, educators and employers to explore and guide their future. You can take assessments, identify occupations, establish education plans and, ultimately, connect to employers. Whether you are searching for career and college options or looking for a new career path, OK Career Guide is the powerful tool to provide all the career and educational resources you will need to chart your course for the future.

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.


We are securing Oklahoma's future by developing a world-class workforce.


We prepare Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education, and in life.


We believe...

• serving our customers and stakeholders
• data-driven decisions
• quality educational experiences
• innovation and flexibility
• accountability and high performance
• diversity and inclusion
• ethical behavior
• commitment to excellence

Key messages of the Oklahoma CareerTech System from FY20:

  • CareerTech increased profitability for more than 7,000 companies.
  • The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network served 703 companies.
  • Nearly half of Oklahoma's students in ninth through 12th grades are enrolled in CareerTech classes.
  • Positive placement (employed, military and continuing education) for completers was 94 percent.

Find out more at


Russell Ray – 405-743-5108 –


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