Grants from lottery proceeds benefit tech centers, schools

By: Journal Record Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY – CareerTech centers across Oklahoma that were awarded lottery funds recently will invest in a range of equipment, including to advance instruction in firefighting, emergency medical services, robotics, aviation, engineering and more.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education awarded more than $4.76 million in lottery funds in all, including 26 grants totaling more than $2.1 million to 22 tech centers, 162 grants totaling more than $2.2 million for K-12 school districts and 408 scholarships totaling more than $437,000.

CareerTech receives about 5% of the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund, which it uses to help institutions to enhance programs, upgrade equipment and provide scholarships to educators.

“These funds from the Oklahoma Lottery will benefit instructors and students throughout the CareerTech System and help us fulfill our mission to give students the skills they need to enter the workforce and make informed career choices,” CareerTech State Director Brent Haken said in a release. “We must train students on relevant equipment that will be used in Oklahoma businesses so that Oklahomans are workforce ready.”

Technology centers that received grants also will invest in health, law enforcement, drone and hospitality programs, among other things.

K-12 districts that received grants will use them for resources ranging from flight simulators to computer-aided drafting equipment, cameras, video equipment, greenhouse equipment to enhance agriculture education, 3D printers, commercial kitchen equipment and more.

Oklahoma CareerTech starts each year’s grant process only after it receives the lottery funds. CareerTech sixth through 12th grade programs and technology centers submit grant proposals that include their plans for using the funds to innovate and positively affect students.

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