Metro Tech recognizes Career and Technical Education Appreciation Month
Posted on 02/16/2021
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OKLAHOMA CITY - February is Career and Technical Education Appreciation Month. Metro Tech's Economic & Workforce Development (EWD) training is helping many organizations thrive in the pandemic. If the pandemic has taught businesses anything, it is to appreciate career and technical education.

Shifting budgets and lack of access to normal activity has caused organizations and businesses to think differently and react quickly to manage their workforce, product sales and service, and business processes. Metro Tech quickly reached out to their current and potential customers, and community partners using surveys to learn what business leaders and individuals needed to succeed in a changing environment.

Karla Graham, director of Metro Tech's Downtown Campus said, "The surveys validated what we are doing, and where we are headed in delivering on-time training to businesses. The response to the dramatic pivot in our training delivery has been very popular."

Metro Tech learned they could help eliminate barriers that current and potential customers and business partners had to get through a pivotal time. When selecting training, key influencers were driven by cost, quality, ease of access and instructor expertise. Data also revealed the topics and themes of training for which the EWD team were able to respond quickly to.

In an effort to help employee training programs evolve and deal with current challenges, the Downtown Campus launched its highly successful Crisis Management Series. The online series is free and features live instructors giving short interactive classes on topics relevant to this difficult time. The goal of the series is not only to help businesses survive the current economic conditions, but, to thrive in them.

According to Lee Copeland, director of talent and business growth for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, programs like the Crisis Management Series are more important than ever and are helping the local workforce find opportunities in uncertain times. (

Phil Rodgers of the 84 Hospitality Group said, "Metro Tech's training has been a support for me. The courses and instructors have given me the context and perspective to not only think about crisis management but to see the opportunities at hand…" was launched with specific topics addressing the needs of leaders and employees. The goal was to meet businesses where their needs were.

The Metro Book Brief is a monthly online business book review launched during the pandemic. National book reviewer, Randy Mayeux delivers a dynamic presentation every fourth Friday of the month. In one hour, an attendee can learn the key elements of the book; even using them without fully reading the book. When the content/precepts of the book matches a client need; additional deeper dives for entire team "reads" are available with Metro Tech facilitators.

For individuals seeking refresher courses, the Refresh your Excel Skills Series has been very popular. The courses continue to be delivered at no charge during COVID-19.

A course for the Film industry will be offered March 22; training COVID safety staffers.

Currently, Graham said that the team is conducting many training courses at client locations.

In November 2020, Metro Tech partnered with the Oklahoma Communities Foundation to deliver workforce certification training to individuals whose jobs were negatively impacted by COVD-19 utilizing CARES ACT funds. The Downtown Campus provided quick and relevant training to help individuals return to work. The courses were held online and in-person while adhering to safety protocols.

For information about training, visit .

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 58 campus, 399 PK-12 school districts, 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 32 adult basic education service providers. The agency is governed by the State board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State department of education and the State regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educations system for all Oklahomans.

Metro Technology Centers has four campuses offering short-term, career and customized business training. Campuses are located in South Oklahoma City, Northeast Oklahoma City, the Will Rogers Airport and Downtown Oklahoma City.