Skip to main content

Director's Memo 2021-08-16

Monday, August 16, 2021

CareerTech helping to close skills gap in aerospace industry

Home to aerospace pioneers such as Wiley Post and Clyde Cessna, Oklahoma has a rich legacy of aerospace innovation dating back more than a century and the state has played a decisive role in America’s aviation history.

Today, Oklahoma continues to serve as a hub of aerospace innovation, as some of the world’s most successful aerospace companies choose to run major operations in the state.

Oklahoma is home to more than 1,100 aerospace entities, which employ more than 120,000 Oklahomans, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Among them are Boeing, AAR Corp, Nordam, American Airlines, Spirit AeroSystems and Tinker Air Force Base.

Read how Oklahoma CareerTech works with the aerospace industry in State Director Marcie Mack’s column on The Journal Record’s website.

Cancer treatment leads to award-winning agriscience fair project

Austin Hooten knew oil and gas was the biggest industry in Oklahoma, but he had no idea it would play an important role in his life.

Hooten, 18, a senior at Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Okla., was diagnosed with lymphoma in the sixth grade. During an appointment with his oncologist, he learned the port used to deliver his chemotherapy medications was made of plastic and rubber, both oil and gas by-products.

“Indirectly, oil and gas by-products saved my life,” he says.

Read how this discovery inspired his award-winning agriscience fair project on the FFA website.

Tri County Tech named a Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine have named Tri County Technology Center to the 2021 Best Small and Medium Workplaces list.

The technology center placed seventh in the nation on its fifth time to make the list.

Moore Norman Tech launches aerospace technician program

Moore Norman Technology Center is developing an aerospace technician program that will open by fall 2023.

The program will be designed to teach students what they need to know for certification as airframe and powerplant mechanics.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to provide high-demand aerospace training for the local community,” MNTC Superintendent Brian Ruttman told The Norman Transcript. “Together we will help grow the local economy and build better tomorrows for students.”

Useful links

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OklahomaCareerTech and on Instagram at oklahomacareertech and read our blog, Oklahoma CareerTech Delivers. Find our podcast at

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

More is not necessarily better. Better is better. -- Julie Newmar
Last Modified on Nov 15, 2021
Back to Top