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Kelly's April 2017 Monthly Email

Workkeys   Important WORKKEYS Information:

In evaluating our contract for WorkKeys and budget cuts, it is evident we will need to implement a pay model starting July 1 for the WorkKeys assessments.  ODCTE will establish the statewide contract and invoice the schools and partners monthly for the exam usage.  The number of exams you utilize is your local decision.

The cost is approximately $9 per assessment (3 assessments required per student for a CRC); if you need your approximate assessment usage for FY 16, you may contact Susan Kuzmic at 405-717-4923 or<>. If you have questions or comments, please let us know. 

Becki Foster, Deputy State Director

Susan Kuzmic,  CRC State Coordinator

In addition, ACT will have changes on their WorkKeys assessments.  Learn about this and the other developments at the OKCRC annual conference.   The OKCRC Annual Conference will be Tuesday, August 15 at Francis Tuttle Reno Campus. The conference will cover “everything new”:  WorkKeys assessments, OKCRC 2.0, WorkKeys accommodations, TAO testing platform, WorkKeys curriculum updates/platform and job/curriculum profiles. Registration is at

Job Placement Conference 2017 Job Placement 2017 Conference

April 28, 2017    9am – 3pm
CareerTech – Tuttle Seminar Center
Stillwater, OK

Topics covered in presentations this year include: Soft Skills Curriculum, Mentoring, Interview Skills for Special Populations and Connecting Your Students with Business and Industry. Link to registration:


 did you know 
Typical American only lives 18 miles from their mother

-Over the last few decades, Americans have become less mobile To find out more about this, go to:


 Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins FY18 Supplemental Grant Requirement Documents are now available for all eligible recipients at the link below:

FY18 Carl Perkins Supplemental Grants Website
Below you will find a short description of the available grants for the coming fiscal year. 
MAY 1 DEADLINE for the grants

Disability Services: 
Many times students with disabilities do not receive the extra support needed for success in the classroom as well as a successful transition to a technology center, post-secondary education/training, and/or employment.  This grant can be used to help support Oklahoma career and technology education students with varying types of disabilities to explore career options and for transition support into post-secondary education/training levels as well as employment. 

High Growth and Emerging Technologies
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education supports the development and implementation of high-tech, high-wage Career Academies, Programs of Study and relevant activities that support and align with local, state, and global industry existing and emerging workforce needs.  The Career Academies, Programs of Study and relevant activities should embrace rigorous academic and technical learning activities.

Recruiting Students to Non Traditional Careers:
In order for students to reflect upon the full range of careers available to them, no career should be left off due to gender. Students in Oklahoma should be able to choose careers based on their interests, skills, and abilities, rather than based on gender stereotypes.  Students need an awareness of nontraditional careers, motivation to further explore nontraditional careers, and the development of skills to pursue career opportunities within the nontraditional areas. 

Career Guidance and Advisement
Career development is an educational program designed to assure individuals know how to make career choices and create education plans to prepare themselves for those careers.  The program ensures individuals make informed career decisions based on facts.  Career development is based upon the tenet that individuals who have career maturity make better career choices and have a better sense of the education plans needed to reach their career goals, including entrepreneurship.  Career maturity is when an individual has personal insight into the process of and readiness for making career choices. 


Labor Market Information Labor Market Statistics

If you are looking for fast growing occupations in Oklahoma, as well as largest job openings, you may want to review the 2014-2024 Occupational Projections Chart Book. Go to:

You may want to use the charts in presentations, guidance lessons, professional development, etc.


Kelly Arrington
Career and Academic Connections Manager
careertech | Career and Academic Connections
1500 West Seventh Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074-4398

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