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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-11-20

CareerTech key to workforce education

By 2025, approximately three-fourths of new Oklahoma jobs will require postsecondary education, according to data through Oklahoma Works. In 2015, only 30 percent of Oklahomans had attained that level of education, so as a state, we need to ensure more workers are qualified to do those jobs.

Oklahoma CareerTech is the answer to meet that need. We are focused on developing a world-class workforce and provide programs and services that support Oklahoma’s job growth. Through our technology centers, skills centers, K-12 school programs and adult basic education programs, Oklahoma CareerTech offers education and training to ensure students are career-ready.

A highly skilled workforce is essential for success in today’s challenging business environment. The investment in Oklahoma CareerTech directly affects closing the skills gap and strengthening Oklahoma’s workforce education.


Examples of CareerTech’s impact

Moore Norman featured in article in District Administration publication


Wes Watkins Technology Center meeting employers’ needs in Hughes County

Journal Record

Georg Fischer Central Plastics partners with Gordon Cooper Tech to add skills and increase competency within its workforce



Five inducted into CareerTech Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame inductees
The 2017 inductees into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame are, from left, James Strate, Joan Welborn, Belinda Cole, Fern Green-Bowling and Tom Thomas.
Oklahoma CareerTech inducted Belinda Cole, Fern Green-Bowling, James Strate, Tom Thomas and Joan Welborn into its Hall of Fame recently.

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Career and Technology Education.

You can watch the induction ceremony or videos about each inductee on Oklahoma CareerTech’s YouTube channel.



Adult education and literacy grant proposals application period opens

Proposals are being accepted for adult education and literacy grant proposals.

The proposals for funding are for adult basic education providers for the state of Oklahoma. The deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2018, for the grant period beginning July 1, 2018, with awards for program years 2018-22.

More info


CareerTech events

ICAP CareerTech Student Services Staff Workshop, Nov. 28

CyberPatriot Training, Dec. 2

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, Dec. 7

CareerTech Board Meeting, Dec. 14

CyberPatriot Training, Dec. 16


Useful links

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech and on Instagram at oklahomacareertech.

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum

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