For the second consecutive year, Oklahoma CareerTech enrollment has risen in each of its delivery arms.
Systemwide enrollment was 489,635 in fiscal year 2023, up 9.5% from fiscal 2022’s 446,940.
Technology center enrollments — business and industry training, adult and career development, secondary and postsecondary full-time programs and singlecourse programs — were 339,058, up 13.5% from 298,675 in fiscal 2022.
“In addition to enrollment increases across the board, membership in CareerTech student organizations rose to another all-time high in fiscal 2023,” said CareerTech State Director Brent Haken. “The increased enrollment reflects a growing realization of the value of a CareerTech education and the need for curriculums that emphasize career readiness.”
Secondary technology center enrollments were 21,765, up 7.9%.
In fiscal 2023, 86,414 ninth through 12th grade students in Oklahoma – 42.3% of all students in those grades – participated in a CareerTech program; 32.2% of all fifth through 12th grade students participated in a CareerTech program.
CareerTech offered programs in 397 PK-12 school districts during fiscal 2023, with 1,474 teachers. Its 29 technology center districts had 60 campuses and 1,305 teachers.
Enrollment in adult education and family literacy grew 13% from 8,925 to 10,081, with 32 providers offering AEFL programs at 118 sites.
CareerTech student organization membership reached a record high of 98,225 — also for the second consecutive year. Membership grew to 98,225 in Business Professionals of America; DECA; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; FFA; HOSA; SkillsUSA; and Technology Student Association.
Oklahoma CareerTech served 8,764 businesses in fiscal 2023, up 8% from fiscal 2022. Through its business and industry training programs, CareerTech helps Oklahoma businesses increase their profitability, contributing to the state’s economic growth. The programs can be customized to fit the needs of local businesses.
CareerTech’s Skills Centers School System had 991 graduates. The skills centers specialize in delivering career and technology education to inmates under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and to juveniles under the supervision of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.