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Tulsa Tech Grows Enrollment at Area Schools

News From Tulsa Tech By DR. STEVE TIGER
Superintendent

CAREER TRAINING PROGRAMS: Area students will gain increased opportunities for the 2017-2018 school year with the recent expansion of Tulsa Tech’s off-campus program offerings at local high schools.


Courtesy Tulsa Tech


Tulsa Tech offers career and technical training to a growing number of students throughout the metro area at its various 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.

Tulsa Tech Superintendent and CEO Dr. Steve Tiger 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 says. “Accommodating busy schedules and eliminating travel time is now a necessary level of convenience for some of our students that participate in extracurricular 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 Collinsville High School and Skiatook High School, and 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,” says Williams. “It enables us to provide a level of education that 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 tuition-free career training at Tulsa Tech 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 that offer career tech training to 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, nearly 10,000 part-time enrollments, and 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, call 918-828-5000 or visit tulsatech.edu.

Updated 07-24-2017

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