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Director's Memo 2022-9-19

Monday, September 19, 2022

Time to expand CareerTech programs

In recent weeks, media outlets across the nation have been touting the benefits of a CareerTech education, noting the need for skilled workers and curriculums that emphasize career readiness.

More lawmakers, policymakers and educators are coming to realize they should be creating more opportunities for students to take industry-specific courses, empowering them to explore their career interests and make informed career choices.

This is the goal and mission of Oklahoma CareerTech. We strive every day to provide students with skills demanded by the labor market in Oklahoma. Bringing innovation to Oklahoma classrooms is core to Oklahoma CareerTech’s mission to help students explore their interests.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech vital to broadband expansion

Oklahoma CareerTech is well positioned to play a role in expanding the broadband network in Oklahoma, Interim State Director Lee Denney told legislators recently.

Denney talked with The Journal Record about the meeting and about how CareerTech can train the workers necessary to expand internet access.

“When it comes to workforce development in Oklahoma, CareerTech is always involved in early conversations,” she said.

Read more on The Journal Record’s website.


Oklahoma celebrates Workforce Development Month

September is Workforce Development Month, and Oklahoma CareerTech is proud to develop our state’s workforce through our delivery arms: technology centers, skills centers, adult education and family literacy, business and industry training and PK-12 school districts.

For more information about Workforce Development Month, visit the Oklahoma Works website.


OEIP events scheduled

Registration is open for two upcoming virtual Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships events.

Gaming and software will be the topic on Sept. 29, and nursing careers will be the topic on Nov. 1.

For more information and registration links, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Enid teacher uses CareerTech lottery grant for STEAM classes

A teacher at Emerson Middle School in Enid uses Oklahoma CareerTech funding, including a lottery grant, to teach his students science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

An Enid News and Eagle article higlights Brent Polwort’s classes, which receive a large portion of their funding from Oklahoma CareerTech. Polwort teaches his students coding, computer-aided design, robotics and more.

A CareerTech lottery grant will also pay for two flight simulators for his classes.

Read more on the Enid News and Eagle website.


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Last Modified on Sep 19, 2022
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