Plan Your Education

Plan Your Education

Good Training and Education
Are the Foundation
of Your Career

The demands of today's workforce require an education that provides you with skills acquired in traditional settings and more experiential environs, i.e. the laboratory, clinic, workshop, and production floor.

By partnering with business, industry and each other, Oklahoma's secondary schools (K-12), technology centers, community colleges, and four-year institutions now offer numerous ways to gain the knowledge and skills you need. In this section, you'll find the tools and resources to:

  • Find the education and training required by your chosen career and the program or institution offering it;
  • Use eLearning programs to more easily fit the pursuit of new skills into the many other demands in your life;
  • Participate in fast-track programs, apprenticeships, internships, and professional organizations that supplement traditional book learning with specialized, hands-on experience;
  • Plan for and manage the many stages of your lifelong learning process, including getting started as early as elementary school, acquiring basic skills to enter the workforce, returning to or entering college as an adult, and changing careers or advancing in your current field.


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Oklahoma CareerTech

CareerTech operates 56 technology center campuses across the state, offering top-notch technical education and training for high school students and adults. Programs include health careers, marketing, retail management, industrial technology and many other well-paying, marketable fields. Many programs earn college credit, and some are designed specifically to prepare high school students for college work in medicine and engineering.Grow Oklahoma features this in-depth overview of Oklahoma‚ expansive CareerTech system.List & Locations of Oklahoma's Technology Centers


Many of Oklahoma's colleges and universities now offer at least some courses online as well as other forms of distance learning. E-learning programs are designed for high school students who want to earn dual credit, home-school students, people looking for advanced skill certification, and those who want a two-year, four-year or graduate degree.

Reality-Based Learning

As you plan your education, reality-based learning or participating in programs and associations that move beyond the books and offer hands-on experience need to be part of that plan. Find out about the various Career Academies, alliances, apprenticeships, and professional organizations that provide real-world experience to better prepare you for the workplace.

Lifelong Learning

Get the information and resources you need to return or enter college as an adult; change careers or advance in your current field through additional training and certification; and learn basic job and literacy skills to prepare for entering the workforce as an adult.

Attention 8th Graders

Magnet Schools & Programs at Oklahoma's secondary schools (K-12) offer a variety of magnet schools and programs. These magnet schools and programs give students a focused education and hands-on training in numerous areas such as information technology; broadcasting and digital media; restaurant, lodging, and health management; foreign languages; fine arts; college prep; and math, science, and technology.

To find the nearest magnet school or program, contact your local public school district office.

Oklahoma's Promise. Oklahoma doesn't want financial issues to put a college education out of the reach of students who show a desire to learn. Oklahoma Promise pays college tuition for students who take four years of English, three years of math and science and other prescribed courses and whose families meet certain income requirements. You can apply beginning in 8th grade.

Oklahoma Scholars. The Oklahoma Scholars Project encourages 8th grade students to enroll in a more rigorous curriculum in high school and better prepare themselves for the workforce or advanced education and training.

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