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Director's Memo 2024-3-11

Monday, March 11, 2024

Oklahoma Human Services announces statewide expansionof Work Ready Oklahoma to help low-income families work toward self-sufficiency

Following a comprehensive solicitation process across the state, Oklahoma Human Services proudly announces the awarding of contracts for the statewide expansion of Work Ready Oklahoma.

This pivotal initiative, aimed at enhancing self-sufficiency among low-income families, marks a strategic expansion of the agency’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families work program efforts. With these contracts, renewable for up to five years, Oklahoma Human Services underscores its commitment to equipping the state’s residents with the essential tools for achieving family stability and fostering sustainable employment opportunities with livable wages.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech News reports

In the latest edition of CareerTech News, CTSO membership hits another record high, part two of our film industry series is now online, an improved Connect2Business platform is launched and Cutter Dobbles wins big for Mid-America Tech.

Watch on the Oklahoma CareerTech YouTube channel.


Director’s Column: Career growth made easier

Building bridges and breaking down silos in education has long been the tenet behind career and technology education.

Removing barriers and establishing partnerships between secondary schools, postsecondary schools and business and industry is central to Oklahoma CareerTech’s mission to get students ready for careers and college.

A great example of optimizing similar missions in education came last month, when the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Oklahoma CareerTech signed a memorandum of understanding allowing two-year colleges to apply up to 18 hours of practical nursing credit earned at 28 participating technology centers toward a college degree.

In addition to expanding opportunities for students, the historic agreement is expected to mitigate the state’s shortage of nurses.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Oklahomans honored for ‘Making It Work’

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council honored 15 Oklahomans and three businesses and organizations at the 30th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on March 6.

Making It Work Day recognizes nontraditional students and individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony was held at The Credit Union House of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

Outstanding Graduate recipients were Victoria Wilson, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology; Chelsea Wilson, Tulsa Technology Center; Cody McMullen, Northern Oklahoma College; Jessica Webster, Canadian Valley Technology Center; Dynah Schlusser, OSUIT; Alisa West, Moore Norman Technology Center; and Tommi-Jean Bomboy, Southwest Technology Center.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website and read individual stories on the CareerTech Making It Work page.


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Last Modified on Mar 11, 2024
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