The Construction Education Program (CEP) in Oklahoma Is the Result of the Construction Industry and Educators Coming Together to Try to Turn the Construction Workforce Around

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The Construction Education Program (CEP) in Oklahoma Is the Result of the Construction Industry and Educators Coming Together to Try to Turn the Construction Workforce Around


The Construction Education Program (CEP) in Oklahoma is the result of the construction industry and educators coming together to try to turn the construction workforce around. The construction industry is booming in the state, as it is all across the country, yet construction as a career choice ranked 248 out of 250 options in a recent high school survey, and the number of people entering construction as a career is declining. The CEP was established to address this escalating problem.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the CEP will establish a framework for a high school Architecture and Construction Academy. The academy will help students recognize the relationship between what they learn in school and what they can do in the future by linking the classroom learning to business and industry standards and will use the educational framework provided by the National Career Cluster initiative.

"This initiative has provided knowledge and skills to assist all educational partners, high schools, technology centers and colleges in creating a seamless system for students," says Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Innovative Initiatives and Services Manager Robin Schott.

The CEP represents all levels of secondary and postsecondary education and is being led by the Oklahoma Associated General Contractors (AGC), Francis Turtle and Tulsa Technology Centers, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Oklahoma State University-OKC and OSU-Okmulgee. …

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