CareerTech partners honored by Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers

(Pictured from L to R) Skye McNiel, Sean Kouplen, Glen Cosper, Jeanette Capshaw,  John Manfred, Liz White, Jessica McAvoy, Darrell Weaver, Steve Ketchum, Chris Lange)

The Oklahoma Association for Technology Centers recognized top industry partners for training and employing thousands of Oklahoma workers through CareerTech technology center programs this week at the annual Partners for Progress awards ceremony.

Each technology center statewide selected a recipient who has displayed a commitment to advancing career technical education through utilization of CareerTech programs and through exemplary commitments to workforce excellence and education in their community.

State secretary for commerce, Sean Kouplen, who was on hand to congratulate award recipients said, “Partners for Progress represents a powerful alliance between CareerTech and employers to train Oklahomans and put them to work in quality jobs.  Last year alone, almost 7,000 organizations took advantage of CareerTech training resulting in more than 350,000 enrollments statewide.  That is a powerful step toward building a top ten state with skilled workers.

“We have the top CareerTech system in the country and not enough people know that.  We need to do a better job telling the world about it,” said Kouplen.

Skye McNiel, executive director of the Oklahoma Association for Career and Technology Education, which administers the program said, “Partners for progress symbolize the potential all Oklahoma employers can tap into when working closely with CareerTech to grow their workforce, upskill their workforce or utilize CareerTech programs and resources to meet their organizational goals.”

Award recipients for each tech center were as follows:

Autry Technology Center/Vance Air Force Base

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center/Apache Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Canadian Valley/Signature Quarters

Central Tech/MHC Kenworth Eastern Oklahoma County/Central Staffing Solutions

Francis Tuttle/7725 Connect

Gordon Cooper/Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative

Great Plains Technology Center/Fort Sill

Green County Technology Center/Liberty Partners

High Plains Technology Center/J&R Transport

Indian Capital Technology Center/Firstar Bank

Kiamichi Technology Center/Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center

Meridian Technology Center/Kinnunen

Metro Technology Centers/The Education And Employment Ministry

Mid-america Technology Center/B&H Construction

Mid-del Technology Center/Bath Fitter

Moore Norman Technology Center/Norman Regional Health System

Northeast Technology Center/Pelco Structural

Northwest Technology Center/Woods County Law Enforcement

Pioneer Technology Center/AllianceHealth Ponca City

Pontotoc Tech Center/Lafarge Holcim

Red River Technology Center/Duncan Recycling And Refining (Dr2)

Southern Tech/DOT Foods

Southwest Tech Center/City Of Altus Utilities Department

Tri County/Livepet

Tulsa Tech/Melton Truck Lines Inc.

Wes Watkins Technology Center/CoreCivic’s Davis Correctional Facility

Western Technology Center/Haines Wrecker Service

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