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Director's Memo 2023-8-28

Monday, August 28, 2023

No worker left behind

A new eye-opening report on trends that will shape the future of workforce development in Oklahoma and the nation illustrates how CareerTech can and should play a starring role in a growing skills-based economy.

The report, “No Worker Left Behind: How Empowering People With Skills Can Ignite the Economy and Create Economic Mobility,” examines the talent-to-workforce pipeline and key trends that will challenge employers in their search for highly skilled workers. The report, published by America Succeeds, a Denver-based nonprofit, also identifies opportunities in education and workforce development to overcome these challenges.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Oklahoma Aeronautics awards Aero Education Program funds

Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers, along with the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation and CareerTech programs in high schools, have received grants from Oklahoma Aeronautics.

The Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation received $10,000 for the Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships program, which connects educators and industry to help meet the workforce needs of Oklahoma companies.

Technology centers receiving funds are Tri County ($10,000), Southern ($10,000), Moore Norman ($2,617), Mid-Del ($9,700) and Great Plains ($7,350).

Learn more about the funding and see a complete list of schools on the Oklahoma Aeronautics website.


Demand outpaces capacity at Canadian Valley

Canadian Valley Technology Center administrators say the tech center had to turn away hundreds of students this year because it doesn’t have room for them, The Journal Record reported.

Voters in the Canadian Valley district will decide a bond issue proposal in September that will fund new construction if passed, Superintendent Gayla Lutts said. It would allow the tech center to create new space at both the El Reno and Chickasha campuses and update space at the Chickasha campus.

“The plans outlined in our upcoming bond issue would make a significant impact on our ability to serve more students,” Lutts said.

Read more about the bond issue and Canadian Valley’s plans on The Journal Record website.


Adult Education and Literacy Conference planned

Oklahoma CareerTech and the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition will present the Adult Education and Literacy Conference Oct. 30-31 in Guthrie.

The conference will be at Meridian Technology Center’s South Campus in Guthrie.

For more information or to register, visit the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition website.


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Last Modified on Aug 28, 2023
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