Oklahoma is recognizing February as Career Tech Month. Southwest Technology Center is one of Oklahoma’s 29 tech centers celebrating.
Career Tech activities in Altus will include Spirit Week, the National Technical Honor Society inductee ceremony, and community luncheon from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Spirit Week activites at SWTC include Mustache Day on Tuesday, Professional Dress on Wednesday, Matchy Matchy Day on Thursday and “We Are One” day on Friday. SWTC students will also visit the capital and the State Legislature on Feb. 24.
Career Tech Business and Industry representatives from SWTC will recognize “Partners for Progress” honorees. Partners for Progress is an award given annually be 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. M & B Contracting, Raymond, Cheryl and Justin Moody are the recipients.
“Career Tech Education is a very important factor for Oklahoma’s economic development,” said SWTC Superintendent Dale Latham, “Workforce training and certification is the key to developing a trained workforce for all Oklahoma business and industry. Career Tech helps prepare Oklahoman’s to succeed in the workplace, in education, and in life.”
Career Tech isn’t just for high school students either. Full-time programs are the foundation of the system although business and industry customers also benefit from the services offered. Services include customized industry training, and management, Safety Training, Oklahoma Bid Assistance for state, local and federal contracts, and short-term certification courses just to name a few.
Research from the Association for Career and Technology Education shows that many of the country’s fastest-growing occupations require the technical skills taught in Career Tech Education Programs. Research also shows that high school graduates entering the workforce that have a technical education background earns more than those without.
The graduates of Oklahoma’s Career Tech system, are nurses, roofers, aviation mechanics, cosmetologists and welders. They might also be doctors, dentists, engineers, teachers, and attorneys.
All community members are invited to help celebrate Career Tech Week with SWTC. Visit the campus to see students in action. Visit with the Business and Industry professionals to find out opportunities for your business . SWTC welcomes everyone to visit their campus for a great time.
Reach Mary O. Esparza, 50-482-1221, ext. 2077