Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Great Seal of Oklahoma
|Headquarters||1500 W Seventh Avenue
|Annual budget||$175 million|
|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 and 390 comprehensive school districts. CareerTech also has skills centers that serve state correctional facilities and a juvenile detention facility. 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 Feb. 1, 2015, Dr. Marcie Mack became the system's eighth state director.
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.
Recent Census Bureau survey data indicate that Oklahoma workers who have completed the equivalent of a two-year program with a vocational or occupational emphasis earned 20 percent more than workers with only high school diplomas the past two decades. These income gains can in turn contribute significantly to the overall level of income statewide. Over the work life, a typical career major completer can expect to add more than $475,000, or $188,000 in current dollars, to lifetime earnings relative to completing no additional education beyond high school.
In current dollars, the direct benefits are $1.84 billion in future income gains to completers, $138 million in added tax revenue to state and local government, and direct in-state spending of $185 million for the delivery of the career major instructional programs statewide. Indirect benefits include $1.66 billion in estimated spillover income gains to the broader state economy which in turn produce $124 million in tax revenue.
The department is led by the state director and the CareerTech board. Dr. Marcie Mack 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 2015, the chairman is Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction.
Current members include Major General Leo J. Baxter, Bill Price, Janet Smith, Dave Stewart, Philip Kennedy, Marilyn Harrel, Randy Gilbert and Tim Burg.
- Board of Career and Technology Education
All Agency Divisions
- Business and Information Technology Education Division
- Technology Engineering Division
- Adult Basic Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education Division
- Adult Career Development
- Trade and Industrial Education Division
- Agricultural Education
- Health Careers Education Division
- Business and Industry Services
- Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education
- Career and Academic Connections
- Communications and Marketing
- Creative Services
- Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center (CIMC)
- Digital Printing, Distribution and Client Services
- Education Partnerships and Customized Services
- Facility Services
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education
- Federal Legislation Assistance
- Financial Services
- Health Careers Education
- Human Resources
- Information Commons
- Information Management
- Innovation, Research and Quality
- Marketing Education
- Partnerships and Customized Services
- Professional Development
- Program Management Office (PMO)
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Service Center
- Skills Centers
- Systems Design and Computer Services
- Technology Engineering
- Trade and Industrial Education
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)
- FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America)
- National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America)
- Technology Student Association (TSA)
- Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
- National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
- FIRST Robotics Competition (USFirst)
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 state correctional facilities and a juvenile detention facility.
- Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, Taft
- Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, McLoud
- Turley Residential Center, Tulsa
- Enid Community Correction Center, Enid
- Howard McLeod Correctional Center, Atoka
- Jess Dunn Correctional Center, Taft
- Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center, Hodgen
- Lawton Community Correction Center, Lawton
- Lexington Correctional Center, Lexington
- Oklahoma State Reformatory Work Center, Granite
- William S. Key Correctional Center, Fort Supply
- Cedar Canyon, Weatherford
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" (PDF). okcareertech.org. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- Brachterm Michal: "CareerTechs: Potential pathways to higher education", The Daily Oklahoman, November 13, 2005