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Vision for CareerTech to Be Told

Some 3,500 CareerTech employees are expected at the 43rd Annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference scheduled Aug. 2-3 at the Tulsa Convention Center. The conference is held in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.

Phil Berkenbile, CareerTech’s state director and president of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), will outline the new vision for CareerTech education developed by NASDCTEc.

“The forecasted needs of the 21st century, the pace of technological change, demographics, the challenges of student engagement and achievement and growing global competition have created an urgency to evaluate the role of Career Tech education in the United States,” said Berkenbile. “This new vision will guide us in improving our nation’s educational, workforce and economic advancements.”

The consortium adopted five principles to ensure that Career and Technology Education contributions and potential are fully realized, Berkenbile said. He will share details of this bold vision at the conference.

The conference is the major professional development activity for Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators and staff. Awards and recognition of outstanding leaders across the state highlight the event.

Opportunities also are provided for educators to learn about the latest products and services available in the career and technology education field at the CareerTech Expo with about 140 exhibiting companies.

The Oklahoma CareerTech System last year provided education and training to young people and adults through offerings in comprehensive schools, technology centers, business and industry services and to offenders. More than 500,000 enrollments were realized last year.

“Our mission is to prepare Oklahomans for success in the workplace, in education and in life,” Berkenbile said. “During this time of economic uncertainty CareerTech is vital to ensuring Oklahoma citizens and businesses thrive. CareerTech helps young people and adults build skills for the workforce of today and the future. “

For more information about the conference and Oklahoma CareerTech, go to or call 405-377-2000.

Written by: Paula Bowles

Publish Date: July 23, 2010

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