Who are the graduates of Oklahoma’s Career Tech system? They are nurses, roofers, aviation mechanics, cosmetologists and welders. They might also be doctors, dentists, engineers, teachers and attorneys! In these crazy economic times, Career Tech is even more important for Oklahomans.
Southwest Technology Center is one of Oklahoma’s 29 tech centers that are celebrating February as Career Tech month. During the week of February 10-14, SWTC will celebrate Career Tech week with activities such spirit week, National Technical Honor Society inductee ceremony, and community luncheon on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 9:30am-1:00pm. Oklahoma Career Tech will also sponsor several events at Oklahoma’s state capitol during the month.
On February 18, health careers students will grace the halls of the Oklahoma State Capitol to highlight health programs in Career Tech, along with workforce certifications in our health programs.
On February 19, Career Tech Business and Industry representatives including a contingent from Southwest Technology Center will recognize “Partners for Progress” honorees. Partners for Progress is an award given annually by each technology center to one business in their school district who has worked with the school as a partner in employee training and as an advocate for the Career Tech system. The Market Place in Altus will be one of the recipients of this year’s award.
On February 26, National Technical Honor Society inductees will visit the State Capitol and have the chance to see our legislatures hard at work.
According to the Association for Career and Technology Education, research shows that many of the country’s fastest-growing occupations require the technical skills taught in Career Tech education programs. Research also shows that among high school graduates entering the workforce, those with a technical education background earn more than those without this advantage.
“Students don’t have to decide between Career Tech and college,” said SWTC superintendent Dale Latham, “a cooperative relationship exists between the two. In fact, you can attend SWTC and receive high school and college credit simultaneously.”
Career Tech isn’t just for high school students either. While the full-time programs are the foundation of the system, business and industry customers also benefit from the services we offer. Services include customized industry training and consulting, small business start-up and management, safety training, Oklahoma Bid Assistance for state, local and federal contracts, and short-term certification courses to increase earning power, just to name a few.
All community members are invited to come out and celebrate Career Tech week with SWTC. Whether you would like to join us on Thursday for a luncheon, tour our campus to see students in action during the school day, visit with our Business and Industry professionals to find out opportunities for your business or just to say hi; we welcome all to our campus for a great time!