Episode 6: “Driving Progress”

A hybrid pulls into the auto classroom at Southern Tech in Ardmore, OK

Do you remember your first car, and how liberating it was to drive on your own? Do you remember the first time that car stopped working?

In this episode, CareerTech Horizon hits the road, driving through the many parts of this growing, diverse industry in our state.

  • Our first stop is the Oklahoma City Auto Show, bringing together auto dealers and enthusiasts to spread the word about the opportunities of the auto industry to students.
  • We visit an auto service education program mixing alternative fuels into the curriculum, and the importance of playing it safe around natural gas, electric, and hybrid cars.
  • We fire up the not-so modern marvel of the internal combustion engine, and the oil-based fuels that power it. A journalist shares his documentary, seeking the truth about the oil industry.
  • Finally, we look at the bigger picture of Oklahoma’s auto manufacturing industry, and how state leaders are planning to build it up all over the Sooner State.

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TRAILER — Episode 6: “Driving Progress”

(Note: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we will be postponing our originally planned episode on this year’s “Making It Work” award recipients. However, we will continue to bring you new, great stories in the meantime.)

Students rebuild car engine at competition

With more than 100 million passenger vehicles in America today, it pays to be in the automotive business. But with new technology speeding ahead at a breakneck pace, it’s important for technical education programs to keep up.

We’ll take you inside the OKC Auto Show where students show off their skills and network with potential employers and educators. We’ll also take you inside one such program, where electric, hybrid, and natural gas vehicles are part of the curriculum. Auto shops and dealerships have a stake in this too, as they look for new and innovative ways for workforce development.

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Episode 5: “Growing Partnerships”

How did you learn the skills you have now?

Are the skills you know still relevant today? Will they remain relevant in the future?

In this episode, we examine the growing partnerships between industry and education. We’ll dive into what businesses are doing to keep instructors on the same page, and how these instructors use that knowledge to cultivate the workforce they’ll be hiring from.

  • American Airlines donates one of its passenger jets to CareerTech, so students in their aviation programs can work hands-on with real aircraft.
  • A summer camp for teachers brings educators behind the scenes at businesses their students may one day work for.
  • “Futuring Panels” facilitate conversation on where the industry is heading, and how educators can keep up.

You can follow us on Twitter @CT_Horizon, or find us on Facebook.

You can also visit our website, cthorizon.org for show notes, discussion, and bonus content, “Beyond Your Horizon.”

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TRAILER – Episode 5: “Growing Partnerships”

Next time on CareerTech Horizon, we go aboard a recently retired passenger jet that’s now a classroom with wings for students looking to take off in the airline industry.

It’s just one of many ways business and industry partner with technical education; a partnership that grows both ways.

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Episode 4: “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders”

What does it take to be a leader?

In today’s episode, host Blane Singletary dives into seven student organizations centered around technical education and the major benefits they provide to their members.

We’ll sit down with the leaders of those organizations, and find out how they see their roles within their teams evolve over time, and their reasons for becoming CareerTech students.

You can follow us on Twitter @CT_Horizon, or find us on Facebook.

You can also visit our website, cthorizon.org for show notes, and soon, bonus content, “Beyond Your Horizon.”

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TRAILER – Episode 4: “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders”

Next time on CareerTech Horizon, we sit down with the students at the helm of CareerTech’s Student Organizations.

Subscribe today on the platform you found us on to get instant access to our roundtable discussion when it releases.

CareerTech Horizon is now on Spotify! Find us here.