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Oklahoma's Career Resource Network

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the Oklahoma Career Resource Network is to provide comprehensive career development and labor market information to those that need it, at a low cost.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Oklahoma’s high unemployment rate and large prison population requires the Oklahoma CRN to not just target students, but also target adults re-entering the workforce. Government is the largest industry sector, with retail trade, health services and social assistance, and professional and business services each being a little over half the size of government.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 3.9%, as compared to 4.5% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The Oklahoma CRN has focused activities on female students, including offering GirlTech. The CRN created mentoring programs for female students that encourage them to enter engineering and other high-level fields of science and technology.

• The CRN created an online business partners database to assist counselors and teachers in providing work-based experiences for their students.

• The Oklahoma CRN maintains the state guidance Web site for counselors and teachers. Information is posted for users that will assist them in career development and academic success.

Primary Activities and Trainings

Oklahoma has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters and Career Cluster Committee
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Career Tech Learning Network & Summer Conference
• Career Tech Web Technology and Standards Committee
• Encyclomedia Exhibit Booth
• GirlTech Mentoring Program
• National Career Development Guidelines
• OKCIS Oklahoma Career Information System
• Oklahoma Association of Job Search Trainers
• Statewide Counselors Conference
• VIP Counselors Program
• Workforces in Transition
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools128
Middle Schools 330
High Schools 368
Community Colleges 12
4-Year Colleges/Universities 7
Other 140

Primary Resources

Oklahoma has published the following resources:
• Business Partners Network
• Career Tabloids
• Career Cluster Crosswalk
• Career Cluster Plans of Study
• OKCIS-OK Career Information System
• National Career Development Guidelines
• Parent Involvement Guide
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook
• The Real Game Series

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Jo Kahn
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education
Oklahoma Career Resource Network
1500 West 7th Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074-4364
Phone: (405) 743-5404
Fax: (405) 743-6809
State Administrative Location

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education, Career Resource Network

Regional Contact Information