Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Great Seal of Oklahoma
|Preceding Agency||Department of Vocational and Technical Education|
|Headquarters||1500 W Seventh Avenue
|Annual budget||$185 million|
|Ministers responsible||Phyllis Hudecki, Secretary of Education
Janet Barresi, Chairman of the Board
|Agency executive||Dr. Robert Sommers, Director|
|Parent agency||Board of Career and Technology Education|
CareerTech oversees a statewide system of career and technology education. The system comprises 29 technology center districts, 400 comprehensive school districts, 11 skills centers and three juvenile facilities. The State Board of Career and Technology Education is the governing body of the department, composed of the Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction and eight members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate. The board appoints the director of Career and Technology Education, who serves as the chief executive officer of the department and serves as a non-voting member of the state board.
On April 1, 2013, Dr. Robert Sommers began serving as the system's seventh state director.
- 1 History
- 2 Economic Impact
- 3 Leadership
- 4 Organization
- 5 Staff
- 6 Hall of Fame
- 7 Technology Centers
- 8 Student organizations
- 9 Skills Centers
- 10 People
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The Oklahoma CareerTech System began with the passing of the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 by President Woodrow Wilson. This act made available federal money for the promotion of vocational education. In 1929, the Division of Vocational Education was established as part of the State Department of Education. The department moved from Oklahoma City to Stillwater in 1932, and in 1941, the state legislature established the position of state director of vocational education. J.B Perky was the first director. In 1966, Oklahoma technology center school districts were formed, and in 1967, Tri County Tech became the state's first area vocational-technical school. On July 1, 1968, the Oklahoma State Board of Vocational and Technical Education was established as a separate entity from the State Department of Education. In 1971, the first delivery of training to inmates in a Skills Center at the Ouachita facility took place.
A study by Mark Snead and the Oklahoma State University's Center for Applied Economic Research discovered that graduates from an Oklahoma CareerTech Center can expect to earn higher wages and that their wages will tend to grow faster than non-CareerTech students who hold only high school diplomas. Snead's study also found graduates of CareerTech add about $2 billion to the Oklahoma economy. The income of CareerTech graduates could be expected to grow about 1.25 percent per year compared to a 0.25 percent annual growth for high school graduates without further education.
The department is led by the secretary of education, the chairman of the CareerTech board (who is the Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction), and the state CareerTech director. Under Gov. Mary Fallin, Janet Barresi serves as the chairman of the board and Dr. Robert Sommers serves as the state director.
Board of Career and Technology Education
The State Board of Career and Technology Education is a nine-member board composed of the Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction (who serves as the chairman of the board), two members of the Oklahoma State Board of Education, one member from each of the state's congressional districts and one at-large member.
As of 2011, the chairman is Janet Barresi, superintendent of education.
- Board of Career and Technology Education
- Agricultural Education Division
- Marketing Education Division
- Business and Information Technology Education Division
- Technology Engineering Division
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education Division
- Trade and Industrial Education Division
- Health Careers Education Division
For fiscal year 2013, the Career and Technology Education Department had an annual budget of 177,755,213 and was authorized to have 267.5 full-time employees.
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Hall of Fame
The Oklahoma Foundation for Career and Technology Education supports the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame. The award is given to individuals who, through their outstanding professional and personal achievements, have brought honor and distinction to career and technology education in Oklahoma.
Transcribed college credit is available for high school and adult students enrolled at CareerTech Centers through the Cooperative Alliance Program for certain technical courses. The Cooperative Alliances potentially save students time and money. The Cooperative Alliances are a partnership of CareerTech and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. 
CareerTech is involved with several Career and Technical Student Organizations.
- Business Professionals of America (BPA)
- DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America)
- Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America)
- Technology Student Association (TSA)
- Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
- National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
The Skills Centers began operations in February 1971. The system began at the Jim E. Hamilton CareerTech Skills Center inside the Jim E. Hamilton (formerly Ouachita) Correctional Center at Hodgen, Oklahoma. Currently the CTSC has campuses in nine state correctional facilities, three juvenile detention facilities and four community correctional facilities.
Campuses within State Correctional Facilities
- Alva Skills Centers - Bill Johnson CC (Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program)
- Fort Supply Skills Center - William S Key CC
- Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center - Jim E Hamilton CC
- Jackie Brannon Skills Center - Jackie Brannon CC (Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program)
- Lexington Skills Center - LARC Facility
- Mabel Bassett Skills Center - Mabel Bassett CC
- McLeod Skills Center - Howard McLeod CC
- Taft Skills Center - Dr Eddie Warrior CC
- Taft Skills Center - Jess Dunn CC
Campuses within Juvenile Facilities
- Butler Juvenile Skills Center - Butler Skills Development Center
- Cedar Canyon Skills Center - Cedar Canyon Adventure Program
- Tecumseh Juvenile Skills Center - Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center
Campuses within Community Correctional Facilities
- Ardmore - Ardmore Community Work Center Students
- Elk City - Elk City Community Work Center Students
- Lawton - Lawton CCC
- Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City CCC (Career Development Assessment)
The CareerTech System has many notable graduates including governors, actors and a Miss America.
- Jennifer Berry, Jenks DECA and FCCLA, Miss America 2006
- Travis Brorsen, Perry FFA, actor and winner of Greatest American Dog
- Gov. Brad Henry, Shawnee FFA, governor of Oklahoma
- Elizabeth Kinney, Mooreland FFA, FCCLA, TSA, Miss Oklahoma 2004
- Jason Meadows, Calera FFA, Nashville Star III runner-up
Kandinsky Holt, SkillsUSA, Miss Teen Oklahoma 2011
- Major Milestones of Career and Technology Education in Oklahoma
- Riggs, Angel, Study touts benefits of CareerTech programs, Tulsa World, January 19, 2007
- FY 2014 State Budget, Oklahoma Office of State Finance
- Brachterm Michal: "CareerTechs: Potential pathways to higher education", The Daily Oklahoman, November 13, 2005