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Today, Oklahoma’s Career Technology Centers provide the majority of technical training for the state while also offering transferrable college credit to the state’s secondary and postsecondary students. This has not always been the case. Prior to the state’s adoption and implementation of its Cooperative Alliance, any secondary or postsecondary student enrolled in courses at the state’s technology centers were able to receive technical, but not college, credit.  Since establishing the alliance, high school students who enroll for part of the day at their area career technology center are able to receive college level course credit they can transfer to postsecondary institutions after graduation, while simultaneously receiving credit to complete their high school diploma.

Oklahoma is unique in developing a relationship between the state’s public K-12 system, the CareerTech system, and the higher education system. This relationship allows high school students to complete their high school requirements while earning college credit toward an A.A.S. degree at technology centers and colleges at a cost of only $8 per credit hour to students .  Six of the participating technology centers are endorsed by The Manufacturing Institute’s M List, recognizing their alignment to the Manufacturing Skills Certification System. Career technology centers are funded through state funds, tuition from postsecondary students, and a property tax assessed in each district with a technology center.

Oklahoma is one of the few states that have specifically addressed credit transfers for A.A.S. degrees. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education created an articulation agreement providing for an A.A.S. degree to be applied toward a bachelor of applied technology degree at the state’s four-year institutions.  The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education also acknowledges learning students gain outside of the higher education classroom, which is then evaluated for college credit through prior learning assessments.   These two initiatives have given students additional opportunities to gain experience both in and out of the classroom, providing incentives to remain in school and be better prepared and able to afford a postsecondary education.

Program Contact
Kelly Arrington 
Career and Academic Manager
Oklahoma Department of CareerTech
Phone: 405-743-5159
Email: Kelly.Arrington@careertech.ok.gov

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