Oklahoma students and workers now have access to the OK Career Guide, a new statewide career development education system.
The online career tool is customized for Oklahoma and is supported by Oklahoma CareerTech. State Director Marcie Mack said the OK Career Guide system offers users new ways to explore careers, pathways and educational opportunities.
OK Career Guide was launched earlier this week, and initially is linked to more than 250 comprehensive schools and 29 technology center districts, with expansion to continue throughout the year. Southwest Technology Center in Altus is included. Mack said Oklahoma CareerTech is committed to assuring students have the knowledge and skills to make informed career choices.
According to information provided by Connie Romans, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, the OK Career Guide system offers research-based assessments that allow users to identify interests, skills and values. These results will align with the U.S. Department of Labor’s 16 Career Clusters and ultimately to specific career options. The system will identify the training and education needed for each occupation, including a database of schools that offer the necessary education for that career.
“OK Career Guide can show schools what top interests and skills their students have,” Mack said. “A school may use the information to host events that promote areas of interests or to promote specific industries. This could help Oklahoma close some of our skills gaps.”
“The OK Career Guide allows our students to not only dream big, but also provides roadmaps for them to accomplish those dreams,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “This will be a significant component to the Oklahoma Works initiative. The OK Career Guide also allows for businesses to post open jobs, link to their websites and even interview candidates online. This is an exciting tool for students, educators and businesses.”
A national scholarship database that will be part of the OK Career Guide will offer information on more than 14,000 scholarship opportunities. Users will be able to create a personal portfolio to store all of their accomplishments. They’ll have access to job search tools such as resume writing, practice applications, cover letters and even an eProfile that will allow adult users to connect with businesses during the job search process.
OK Career Guide’s initial launch will serve individuals in grades six through adults. Administrators, teachers, advisers and counselors can attend training across the state. In fall 2016, OK Career Guide will add a platform for students in kindergarten through fifth grade to begin early career education conversations with elementary school students.
The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.
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