Do you remember last year when meat was difficult to find?
When the lockdowns went into effect, and major meat producers had to scale back production in the fight against COVID-19, many Oklahomans sought out local sources of meat. However, that highlighted a new problem: workforce shortages.
In this episode, we examine Oklahoma’s meat shortage and how teamwork from all over the state seeks to train more meat processors to prevent another shortage.
We’ll examine how Oklahoma lawmakers responded to the initial meat shortage and began to expand the state’s local processing capacity.
We’ll look into how CareerTech teamed up with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to train a new workforce in a partnership that paid dividends.
We’ll hit the road to check out high schools and tech centers adding meat processing to their curriculum.
Check out the new Mobile Meat Processing Lab – a refrigerated semi-trailer converted into a classroom on wheels.
A new Oklahoma-certified beef standard seeks to help farmers and ranchers market their meat directly to consumers.
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In the lead-up to CareerTech Horizon’s Season 2 debut, producer Blane Singletary takes you behind the scenes, onto the set of the show, to talk about how the pandemic changed the way the shows were put together.
We also talk about our next episode about how Oklahoma’s agriculture industry went through its own trials, as many in the state faced a food shortage. Through these difficult times, however, new opportunities have emerged, and a variety of jobs are available for those willing to step up.
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2020 has been called a lot of things, and most of them aren’t very nice. But at least one positive situation has emerged from this challenging year – a profound appreciation of our frontline health care workers.
As COVID-19 fills hospitals with critically ill patients, nursing homes battle the virus among its patients and staff, and front line nurses give countless COVID tests and now…vaccines…now, more than ever, Oklahomans owe a debt of gratitude to workers in the health care industry and those who train health care workers.
In this season finale episode:
We talk about the worldwide nursing shortage and its effect on Oklahoma’s health care system.
Connie Romans tells us about a generous gift from a CareerTech grad that’s benefitting health care educators and students across the state.
We hear about some of the challenges of training students for health careers – in the middle of a pandemic.
We’re reminded that men and women can follow whatever career path they choose…especially in health care!
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Francis Tuttle Tech Center Student Toni Lochrie talks about how she found a new career and new purpose in the energy industry.
When is the last time you thought about what goes into keeping power going to your home, uninterrupted?
Oklahoma’s thriving and evolving energy industry can be found in many forms. Whether it’s oil, gas, hydroelectricric, wind, or solar energy, careers in this field can be lucrative and rewarding, but with a growing gap for skilled labor around the state, energy leaders hope more students sign on to technical programs to keep things going.
In this episode:
We travel the state to hear from energy leaders on the challenges they are facing, and the new programs in place to help alleviate the energy skills gap.
We profile two students from very different backgrounds, and who are training for two very different jobs, but are ultimately working for the same goal.
We climb hundreds of feet to get a good view of the wind energy industry, and learn about the technical and safety demands of the job.
Listen in on a panel discussion, as Oklahoma’s energy experts discuss what the industry will change in the coming years, while other parts stay the same.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a full year since we started this podcast! We’ve loved the opportunities to tell great stories from around the state, and we could’nt have done it without the support of you, our listeners. Thank you!
NEXT TIME: EPISODE 9 — “Power Up!”
We may sometimes take it for granted, but energy is a critical resource in keeping our lives going. Oklahomans have been doing their best to capture and harness energy in many forms, and new statewide initiatives seek to further the Sooner State’s energy workforce.
On the next episode of CareerTech Horizon, we bring you the stories from the evolving world of energy, and the students and workers ready to ride its wave.
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While you were at home during the coronavirus lockdown, did you find yourself trying to learn new “home skills?”
With people turning to things like baking and sewing, some for the first time, Family and Consumer Science teachers have suddenly found their subject in high demand. In this episode, we sit down with Terri Hollarn, a longtime FCS educator and state administrator, on how an elective class is becoming essential learning.
We also highlight the shortage of FCS teachers across the country, and the hope that this crisis may encourage more people to become teachers.