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CareerTech Summer Conference: Learning that works for Oklahoma

More 3,500 CareerTech employees are expected at the 45th Annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference scheduled Aug. 2-3 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The conference is held in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.

The CareerTech system’s role  in providing learning that works for Oklahomans takes center stage at the conference which 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.

The conference also provides opportunities for educators to learn about the latest products and services available in the career and technology education field at the CareerTech Expo with more than 150 exhibiting companies.

“During this time of economic uncertainty, one thing is sure, CareerTech education in Oklahoma stands ready to meet the challenges of the state’s work force and help our state’s businesses and industries thrive,” said state CareerTech Director Phil Berkenbile.

Last year  CareerTech increased profitability for more than 6,700 state companies, providing incentives for companies to locate in Oklahoma and training for nearly 4,000 new jobs.

In addition, nearly 9,000 high school and adult students enrolled in CareerTech classes last year, earning more than 77,000 college credit hours, simultaneously. Nearly half of Oklahoma high school students (80,575) enrolled in CareerTech classes. More than 72,000 high school and adult students were also members of at least one of the seven CareerTech Student Organizations.

“Many people are unaware and are often surprised that the student organizations and classes they or their children enroll in at junior and senior high schools and technology centers are part of the CareerTech system,” Berkenbile said. “These organizations provide leadership skills and training that is integral to the success of our students.”

CareerTech Student Organizations and associated programs are: Business Professionals of America and Business and Information Technology Education; DECA and Marketing Education; FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences Education; FFA and Agricultural Education; HOSA and Health Careers Education; Technology Student Association and STEM: Technology Engineering and Gateway To Technology and SkillsUSA and Trade and Industrial Education.

“The mission of the CareerTech System is to prepare Oklahomans for success in the workplace, in education and in life,” Berkenbile said. “CareerTech helps young people and adults build skills for the work force of today and the future. These skills are essential for a vibrant work force and the economic prosperity necessary to compete in this global economy.”

For more information about the Oklahoma CareerTech system visit



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