Every year, each of Oklahoma’s 29 technology centers is given the opportunity to recognize a business or company in its district that really stands out as a true partner. This year, Northeast Tech selected Pelco Structural of Claremore as its 2019 “Partner in Progress” for the steel pole manufacturing company’s commitment to advancing career technical education through utilization of Northeast Tech’s programs and through exemplary commitments to workforce excellence and education in the community.
State secretary for commerce, Sean Kouplen, who was on hand to congratulate award recipients said, “Partners for Progress represents a powerful alliance between CareerTech and employers to train Oklahomans and put them to work in quality jobs. Last year alone, almost 7,000 organizations took advantage of CareerTech training resulting in more than 350,000 enrollments statewide. That is a powerful step toward building a top ten state with skilled workers.”
Northeast Tech Superintendent Fred Probis added that involving industry partners in developing training programs is a win-win for everyone.
“Our partnership with Pelco Structural is a perfect example of how education and industry should work together to create a better workforce,” said Probis. “Pelco had a need, we listened to and developed a plan to meet that need. In return they established a successful registered apprenticeship program and in doing so, are helping spread the mission of career tech.”