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Find current, user-friendly, data-driven messages listed by the various delivery arms within Oklahoma's CareerTech System.

Oklahoma CareerTech Key Messages (FY18)  


  • Oklahoma CareerTech System graduates add more than $3.5 billion annually to the state's economy.
  • Oklahoma CareerTech enrollments totaled 558,007. Secondary enrollments were 161,958, and postsecondary enrollments were 396,049.
  • Nearly half of Oklahoma ninth- through 12th-grade students – 86,131, – were enrolled in CareerTech classes.
  • CareerTech served 6,948 businesses.
  • Oklahoma CareerTech Skills Centers offer specialized occupational training to 2,037 adult and juvenile offenders in juvenile facilities, community correction centers and state correctional facilities.
  • Student placement in FY17 was 94 percent (employed, continuing education and military).

Cost Benefit Analysis (conducted by RegionTrack)

Lifetime Income Gains and the Impact on the Oklahoma Economy
Prepared by Mark C. Snead, Ph.D., March 2013

    • The study examined career major completers for 2010-11 (FY11). In FY11, more than 16,000 adult and secondary school students completed career majors in preparation for a diverse set of fields ranging from health sciences to information technology. The study provides estimates of the range of private and public benefits and costs associated with delivering training to this group and assesses the expected net economic contribution to the Oklahoma economy.
    • Added income gains of completers will support an additional $1.66 billion in current dollars in future earnings accruing to other workers statewide, or a total current dollar income gain of nearly $3.5 billion as a result of the training.
    • Research shows that occupation-based training provides faster entry into the labor force for young workers and increases the likelihood of becoming a professional or manager.
    • Vocationally trained workers have higher labor force participation rates and experience lower rates of unemployment than workers with only high school diplomas.

Oklahoma workers who have completed the equivalent of a two-year program with a vocational or occupational emphasis earned 20 percent more than workers with only high school diplomas during the past two decades. These income gains can in turn contribute significantly to the overall level of income statewide.

Adult Career and Development

  • Oklahoma’s 29 technology center districts reported 60,603 enrollments in adult and career development classes; employees from 1,248 Oklahoma businesses received training in ACD classes in FY18.

Adult Basic Education

  • The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education assumed responsibility for the Adult Education-Lifelong Learning grant after the Oklahoma Legislature voted in 2014 to move the grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Education to CareerTech.
  • Nineteen percent of Oklahomans over the age of 25 have not finished high school. Studies show those who lack a high school credential are more likely to live in poverty or be incarcerated.
  • Oklahoma Adult Basic Education has 31 Adult Learning Centers and 16 Correctional Adult Learning Centers throughout the state, as well as many testing sites that are easily accessible to test-takers.
  • The OKABE serves more than 17,000 students annually and is federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Oklahoma adult students who want to receive their High School Equivalency diploma have three options for testing: GED, HiSET, and TASC.

Business and Industry Services

  • CareerTech served more than 6,948 businesses.
  • Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network helped businesses secure more than $550 million in contracts.
  • BIS enrollments totaled 366,282.
  • 19,755 certificates and/or industry-recognized credentials earned in FY17.
  • 13,607 Career Readiness Certificates earned.

CareerTech Student Organizations

  • More than 85,000 students learned important leadership skills as members of CareerTech student organizations: Business Professionals of America, DECA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA and Technology Student Association.
  • Middle school through adult students achieve goals through one of seven co-curricular CareerTech student organizations and the National Technical Honor Society. Each of these organizations is integral to the Oklahoma CareerTech System.
  • Oklahoma BPA, the CareerTech student organization for business, marketing and information technology education, has 5,621 members in 301 local chapters in high schools and technology centers.
  • Oklahoma DECA, the CareerTech student organization for business, marketing and information technology education has 1,851 members in 35 local chapters in high schools and technology centers.
  • Oklahoma FCCLA, the CareerTech student organization for family and consumer sciences education, has 10,890 members in 392 local chapters in junior and senior high schools and technology centers.
  • Oklahoma FFA, the CareerTech student organization for agricultural education, has 26,597 members in 357 local chapters in junior and senior high schools.
  • Oklahoma HOSA, the CareerTech student organization for health careers education, has 6,399 members in 266 local chapters in high schools and technology centers.
  • Oklahoma SkillsUSA, the CareerTech student organization for trade and industrial education, has 13,348 members in 136 local chapter in high schools and technology centers.
  • Oklahoma TSA, the CareerTech student organization for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, has 20,742 members in 220 local chapters in middle and junior high schools.
  • Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society has 3,207 members in 67 technology centers, high schools and private schools.

Comprehensive Schools

  • CareerTech offered courses at 555 schools sites in 393 districts.
  • 37 percent, or 124,308, of students in grades six through 12 were enrolled in CareerTech courses.
  • There are 1,319 CareerTech teachers in comprehensive school courses in grades six through 12.

Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network

  • OBAN is working with more than 1,030 Oklahoma companies out of 15 offices at 15 participating technology centers across Oklahoma.
  • In FY17, Oklahoma companies received more than $151 million in 1,146 prime contractor and subcontractor agreements.
  • The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network provides marketing and technical assistance to Oklahoma businesses interested in selling products and services to federal, state, local and tribal governments. OBAN's primary purpose is to create jobs and expand the economy in Oklahoma by providing specific, valuable resources to Oklahoma businesses.
  • The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network has five coordinators who have been trained by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be VA-certified counselors.
  • The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense through a program administered by the Defense Logistics Agency.

Oklahoma Career Readiness Certificate

  • Oklahoma issues the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, an industry-recognized, portable, research-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success.
  • Individuals can earn the ACT NCRC issued at four levels by taking three WorkKeys® assessments: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information.
  • In Oklahoma, 122,411 individuals have earned National Career Readiness Certificates: 582 Platinum; 27,066 Gold; 81,336 Silver; 29,931 Bronze.
  • More than 100 Oklahoma Career Readiness Assessment Sites can be found across the state.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology

  • During FY16, local technology centers served home-schooled students and students from 246 Oklahoma high schools in Oklahoma CareerTech STEM education programs.
  • Oklahoma CareerTech STEM education’s goal is to nurture creative students in grades six through12 to be problem-solvers, innovators, logical thinkers, inventors and strong communicators who excel in science and mathematics.
  • Since 2007, CareerTech has invested more than $8 million to increase STEM education, which is integrated throughout CareerTech offerings.
  • When Oklahoma CareerTech STEM students graduate from high school, many continue studying STEM fields in higher education, and many enter the workforce in STEM careers.
  • The Oklahoma CareerTech STEM education initiative plays a critical role in growing a talent pipeline of Oklahoma students who will be ready to pursue viable careers in the state’s targeted industry sectors such as aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing, health care and biotechnology.
  • During FY16, Oklahoma CareerTech biomedical sciences education was taught in 25 technology centers and comprehensive schools.
  • Biomedical sciences prepares student for professional health and science degree programs with rigorous math and science courses, including AP science and a sequence of biomedical courses developed by Project Lead The Way.
  • During FY16, Oklahoma CareerTech biotechnology education was taught at three technology centers.
  • Oklahoma biotechnology students receive valuable lab experiences and techniques through a sequence of biotechnology courses along with AP science courses.
  • FY16, Oklahoma CareerTech Gateway education was taught at 82 middle and junior high schools.
  • Oklahoma Gateway introduces middle and junior high school students to STEM careers. The courses combine Project Lead The Way math and science concepts with STEM projects to explore STEM fields and help with the transition to high school.
  • During FY16, Oklahoma CareerTech pre-engineering education was taught through 33 technology centers and comprehensive schools.
  • Oklahoma pre-engineering academies prepare students for higher education engineering degrees with rigorous math and sciences courses and a sequence of engineering courses developed by Project Lead The Way.
  • During FY16, five computer science academies offer Project Lead the Way computer science curriculum. 
  • Oklahoma computer science academies prepare students for post-secondary computer science degrees with rigorous math and science courses along with a sequence of computer science courses developed by Project Lead The Way.

Skills Centers

  • Oklahoma CareerTech Skills Centers offer specialized occupational training to adult and juvenile offenders in juvenile facilities, community correction centers and state correctional facilities.
  • Skills Centers staff work closely with business and industry partners to develop customized training for Oklahoma companies.
  • Skills Centers staff members work closely with Workforce Oklahoma, local agencies and faith- and community-based organizations to secure employment for graduates upon their release. 
  • All Skills Centers construction programs offer nationally recognized National Center for Construction Education and Research certifications to program completers.
  • Graduates of the Jim E Hamilton Skills Center automotive program receive national certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
  • To help address the manufacturing skills gap, Eddie Warrior CTSC offers a manufacturing academy/transportation distribution logistics career major to train female offenders returning to the workforce.
  • Jess Dunn CTSC offers a green construction technology career major to meet changing industry needs for workers.
  • Short-term programs have been developed at community corrections to increase the number of job opportunities in the areas of pet services, culinary arts, welding, heavy equipment operator and construction.

Technology Centers

  • There are 29 technology center districts on 58 campuses.
  • 72 counties in Oklahoma contain technology centers.
  • Oklahoma CareerTech serves high school and adult learners with specialized career training in more than 90 instructional areas on the 58 technology center campuses.
  • High school students living in a technology center district attend tuition free, while adults are charged nominal tuition.



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