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Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Originally known as the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education, it oversees a statewide system of career and technology education. The system comprises 29 technology center districts, 400 comprehensive school districts, 23 skill centers and three juvenile facilities. The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education govern CareerTech. CareerTech works with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Dr. Phil Berkenbile serves as the Director of the CareerTech system. FY 2006 had a high school enrollment of 16,143 students in full time programs.

Mission Statement - To prepare Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education, and in life.


On May 19, 2000 Governor Frank Keating signed House Bill 2128 which officially and immediately changed the name from the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or CareerTech.

Economic Impact

A recent study by Mark Snead and the Oklahoma State University's Center for Applied Economic Research, discovered that graduates from an Oklahoma CareerTech Center can expect to have a higher wage and that wage will tend to grow faster than non-CareerTech students with only a high school diploma. Snead's study also said graduates of CareerTech add about $2 billion to the Oklahoma economy. The income of CareerTech graduates could be expected to grow about 1.25 percent per year compared to a 0.25 percent annual growth for high school graduates without further education.

Board of Directors

The state’s CareerTech nine-member board is composed of State Superintendent of Public Instruction who serves as the chairperson of the board. Two members of the State Board of Education are also appointed to the board along with a representative of each congressional district and one member at large.

Position Name Term Expiration
Chair Ms. Sandy Garrett Superintendent of Ed.
Ex Officio Dr. Phil Berkenbile State Director, ODCTE
Board of Ed Dr. Debbie Blue April, 2010
Board of Ed Mrs. Sue Arnn April, 2011
District 1 Mr. H.C. "Will" Williams April, 2010
District 2 Mr. Nevyle R. Cable April, 2011
District 3 Ms. Marilyn Harrel April, 2012
District 4 Mr. Dale Nye April, 2013
District 5 Mr. Randy Gilbert April, 2008
At Large Mr. Harold Anglin April, 2009

Hall of Fame

The Oklahoma Foundation for Career and Technology Education supports the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.Currently, the award is given to individuals who, through their outstanding professional and personal achievements, have brought honor and distinction to career and technology education in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame

Technology Centers

CareerTech Centers in Oklahoma provide career and technology education for high school students in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. An elected local board governs each technology center.

Chickasha Campus
El Reno Campus

Sapulpa Campus
Drumright Campus

Portland Campus
Reno Campus
Rockwell Campus

Tillman-Kiowa Campus
Lawton Campus

Bill Willis Campus
Muskogee Campus
Sallisaw Campus
Stilwell Campus

Atoka Campus
Durant Campus
Hugo Campus
Idabel Campus
McAlester Campus
Poteau Campus
Spiro Campus
Stigler Campus
Talihina Campus

Adult & Continuing Education
Aviation Career Center
Beauty Academy
South Bryant Campus
Springlake Campus

East Campus
North Campus
South Campus

Alva Campus
Fairview Campus

Broken Arrow Campus
Career Services Center
Lemley Campus
Peoria Campus
Riverside Campus
Training Center

Burns Flat Campus
Sayre Campus
Weatherford Campus

College Credit

College credit is available through CareerTech Centers through the Cooperative Alliance Project for some courses. The Alliances potentially save students time and money The Alliances are a partnership of CareerTech and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics currently has 12 branches located on CareerTech campuses with the primary focus of in the Calculus BC, Physics C and Mechanics AP Exams.

Student Organizations

CareerTech is involved with several Career and Technical Student Organizations.

Skills Centers

The Skills Centers (CTSC) began operations in February 1971. The system began at the Jim E. Hamilton CareerTech Skills Center inside the Jim E. Hamilton (formerly Ouachita) Correctional Center at Hodgen, Oklahoma. Currently the CTSC has campuses in 42 state correctional facilities, three juvenile detention facilities and four community correctional facilities.

  • Alva Skills Center - Charles E "Bill" Johnson CC
  • Boley Skills Center - John Lilly CC
  • Fort Supply Skills Center - William S Key CC
  • Granite Skills Center - Oklahoma State Reformatory
  • Jim E Hamilton Skills Center - Jim E Hamilton CC
  • Jackie Brannon Skills Center - Jackie Brannon CC
  • Lexington Skills Center - LARC Facility
  • Mabel Bassett Skills Center - Mabel Bassett CC
  • McLeod Skills Center - Howard McLeod CC
  • Stringtown Skills Center - Mack Alford CC
  • Taft Skills Center - Dr Eddie Warrior CC
  • Taft Skills Center - Jess Dunn CC

Juvenile Facilities

  • Cedar Canyon
  • Manitou - Southwest Juvenile Center
  • LE Rader

Community Corrections

  • Ardmore - Ardmore Community Work Center Students
  • Elk City - Elk City Community Work Center Students
  • Enid - Enid CC
  • Lawton - Lawton CC


The CareerTech System has many notable graduates including Governors, actors and Miss America.

  • Jennifer Berry, Jenks DECA and FLLA, Miss America 2006
  • Travis Brorsen, Perry FFA, actor and winner of Americas Greatest Dog
  • Governor Brad Henry, Shawnee FFA, Governor of Oklahoma
  • Elizabeth Kenney, Mooreland FFA, FFCLA, TSA, Miss Oklahoma 2004
  • Jason Medaows, Calera FFA, Nashville Star III runner-up

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