Through a network of 391 PK-12 school districts, 29 technology center districts, 15 skills center sites and 32 adult education and family literacy providers, enrollment in CareerTech programs exceeds 446,000. The CareerTech system served more than 8,109 businesses in 2022, increasing their profitability through some form of CareerTech service or training. Check out the videos below to learn how we do it.
Oklahoma CareerTech: Oklahoma’s Workforce Solution
Oklahoma CareerTech is known for being nimble and flexible, quickly adapting to the needs of industry in Oklahoma. In addition to 29 technology centers across the state, Oklahoma CareerTech provides training through 391 PK-12 school districts, 15 Skills Centers, 32 Adult Education and Family Literacy providers and Work-Based Learning programs.
Joseph Gordon's meteoric path to a career in IT
Joseph Gordon landed a VxRail customer support job with Dell this year before his high school diploma was even printed. His secret? Hard work, independent study and the resources and education provided through Oklahoma CareerTech's Moore Norman Technology Center.
From Homeless Teen to Aircraft Quality Assurance Specialist - Porsha Lippincott's Story
Porsha's life changed when a counselor helped her find housing and a CareerTech aerospace program she resonated with. Today, she's an accomplished Quality Assurance Specialist at Tinker Air Force Base. We caught up with her to hear the next chapter of her story.
From CareerTech to MasterChef: Gabriel Lewis
Gabriel Lewis came home to Francis Tuttle Technology Center after appearing on a second season of MasterChef. During our interview, he spoke about his family's influence on his career, the culinary foundations established by the CareerTech System and what his future holds.
Small businesses meet huge opportunities at ICBS 2022
Small business owners and industry leaders echoed a cohesive message at this year's ICBS show: come here to find opportunities and support. We heard directly from these leaders about how the relationships forged through ICBS and OkPTAC directly impact their success in government contracting.
ICBS Testimonial - Sustainment Technologies
Veteran ICBS attendee Michael Morford discusses the insights he gains from the annual show and how it helps his company leverage technology to connect companies of any size with government contract opportunities.
CIB Presents: Mechanical Careers
Do you want a job that requires problem-solving, working with your hands and a diversity of work environments? A mechanical career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning might be your calling. The Construction Industries Board, in partnership with Oklahoma CareerTech, presents testimonials from workers in the field, students training in the trade and industry leaders on the best path to a sustainable career with great wages and virtually limitless demand.
HOSA Camp Ignite 2022
About 75 Oklahoma HOSA students met this summer for the first ever Camp Ignite -- a few days of inspiration, fun, and learning opportunities for future health professionals.
Skills USA State Convention 2022
CareerTech students and instructors met in Tulsa for the SkillsUSA state convention -- a competition showcasing their best efforts in their respective trades and fields of study. This is a sampling of the amazing work and passion displayed on the convention floor.
Lineman trainees at Northeast Tech in Pryor challenged each other in the areas of skill, competency, and safety at their first lineman rodeo. Program coordinator Jeff Floyd hopes to one day gather CareerTech lineman trainees from across the state to compete.
Aviation and Aerospace
Aerospace companies and organizations are looking for qualified personnel in every sector of the industry, including aircraft maintenance, unmanned aerial systems and general aviation.
The demand for workers across multiple sectors in the construction industry is expected to grow in Oklahoma through 2026, with 850 projected job openings annually for electricians.
OkPTAC Success Stories
Tim Frisby and Brandon Garcia tell us about how OkPTAC helped their aerospace manufacturing business reach the sky with more opportunities in federal contracting.
CareerTech's Skills Centers system helps inmates transition back to their communities by teaching them the trade and technical skills they need to obtain employment upon release. The Skills Centers program was launched in 1971, when Oklahoma Sen. Jim E. Hamilton authored legislation to establish training for inmates through CareerTech and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Oklahoma will need 430 additional HVAC workers this year. HVAC technicians install, maintain and repair ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems that control temperature and air quality. Today's technicians can earn an average of $47,670 a year.