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Director's Memo 2023-7-24

Monday, July 24, 2023

CareerTech Champion: Kenji Brown -- CareerTech Skills Centers

When Kenji Brown told his employer he had an OSHA 30, it was enough to get him a promotion and a pay raise. Now the Midwest City native says he is making more money than he’s ever made.

Brown works at Cooks Venture Poultry as part of a work-release program at Northeast Oklahoma Community Corrections Center, and he credits Oklahoma CareerTech for helping him learn the skills he needed to get the job.

“My life felt like it had no purpose,” he said. “I wanted to build a future with a career.”

At the time, he was an orderly at NOCCC, cleaning the medical facility at the corrections center. He enrolled in CareerTech’s transportation, distribution and logistics program at the Vinita Skills Center, and that decision was life changing. Now, in addition to certifications for TDL, forklift and OSHA 30, Brown is a certified logistics associate and logistics technician.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech Conversations talks about workforce training

Oklahoma CareerTech Conversations recently talked with Max McKnight, CareerTech workforce and economic development manager.

The conversation included McKnight’s department’s role in placing ODCTE assets throughout the state to provide pivotal training to business and industry, remaining connected to local associations such as chambers of commerce and allocating funds for volunteer fire department training.

Watch the video on the Oklahoma CareerTech YouTube channel and learn more about workforce and economic development on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Metro Tech, Labor Department plan online safety training program

Metro Technology Centers and the Oklahoma Department of Labor are working together to create a free online safety training program for youth.

The Youth Employment Safety program is tentatively set to launch in September. It will be designed to educated youth, employers and community advocates about youth employment laws and workplace standards.

Read more about the program on the Metro Tech website.


Training offered for OK Career Guide, Kuder Galaxy

Oklahoma CareerTech has several upcoming training sessions for educators interested in OK Career Guide and Kuder Galaxy.

OK Career Guide is an online tool available to all Oklahomans to explore careers and plan their futures. Participants can take assessments, identify occupations, establish education plans and connect to employers.

Kuder Galaxy is an online career awareness platform for students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. Students learn through play, videos, activities, games and rewards in the space-themed platform.

For more information about the programs and the training dates and to register for sessions, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


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Last Modified on Jul 24, 2023
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