Increased demand for flexible career/technical training in schools fuels partnership
Tulsa Tech offers career and technical training to a growing number of students throughout the metro area at partner school district sites. Enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 students in schools throughout Tulsa County in programs such as Pre-Engineering, Web Design, and Manufacturing.
Dr. Steve Tiger, Tulsa Tech Superintendent and CEO, recognizes that many students want to train for the career of their future but struggle with scheduling for numerous reasons.
“With the many demands placed upon our partner schools, we’ve worked in tandem to expand career training in the high school setting,” Tiger said. “Accommodating busy schedules and eliminating travel time is now a necessary level of convenience for some of our students that participate in extra-curricular activities, or have expanded class loads.”
The off-campus programs in area high schools will again expand for the 2017-18 school year, with five more sites adding career training programs. The additions to the off-campus programs include Foundations of App Development at Catoosa High School, Foundations of Engineering at both Collinsville High School and Skiatook High School, along with Foundations of Manufacturing at Charles Page High School and East Central High School.
Dr. Scott Williams, Associate Superintendent for Instruction believes developing foundational knowledge and skills on a technical level, in a format that is convenient for secondary students, is essential.
“Embedding Tulsa Tech programs in the high school allows us to be a good partner with our sending schools,” Williams said. “It enables us to provide a level of education which gives students more opportunities to enter a career training program of their choice.”
Even with the expanded opportunities for regional students, there is room for more growth, as some programs for the upcoming fall class schedule have several openings for admission. The need for skills training for recent high school graduates is at an all-time high, which is why Tulsa Tech has started the Accelerating Independence Scholarship. This scholarship is intended for students age 18-23 and provides career training at Tulsa Tech tuition-free for recent graduates of Tulsa area public, private and parochial schools.
In the past 50 years, Tulsa Tech has grown from a single campus vocational school under the guidance of Tulsa Public Schools, to an independent school district with six campuses and 17 off-campus programs which offer career tech training programs that help students prepare for both career and college skills.
Today, Tulsa Tech is the largest technology center of Oklahoma’s nationally-recognized CareerTech system, training over 5,000 full-time adult and high school students, as well as nearly 10,000 part-time enrollments, and even thousands more employees involved in customized corporate training and consulting services.
If you are currently looking for a challenging new career for both high school and adult students, quality corporate training, or exciting evening and weekend classes, Tulsa Tech invites you to visit today. For more information, please call 918-828-5000.