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What is Oklahoma Career Expo Week?

This week-long event connects students with businesses to give our future talent an opportunity to explore the possibilities that await them in Oklahoma. Events during Career Expo Week allow local employers to showcase critical careers in demand industries to inspire and recruit new talent, and give Oklahoma’s talent a front row seat to experience the wide array of careers available within our State. This year, Career Expo Week will take place November 12-16, 2018.

Oklahoma Works is designed to align education and training to the needs of businesses so that more Oklahomans can achieve economic success. To do this, our private and public partners across the state are investing in long-term strategies to develop and nurture our current and future talent pipeline.

Our Mission:

Oklahoma Career Expo Week was created in 2017 to:

  • Introduce people to careers in businesses and industries in Oklahoma’s driver and complementary ecosystems and critical occupations;
  • Empower Oklahoma businesses and industries in the state’s ecosystems and KEN regions to engage with educators, students, parents, and others about career opportunities;
  • Change misconceptions of Oklahoma’s demand and critical occupations and the businesses and industries in Oklahoma’s driver and complementary ecosystems;
  • Draw attention to the roles businesses and industries play in communities across the state; and
  • Underscore the economic and social significance of demand and critical occupations and businesses and industries in Oklahoma’s ecosystems.

We are asking businesses throughout Oklahoma to partner with their local schools to provide opportunities for students to experience career options either on the business site or in the classroom.

Students, parents, educators, non-profit executives, government and business leaders are welcome to participate in statewide events throughout the week. Sponsored events for Career Expo Week include activities targeted to students in K-12 and beyond, such as hosting on-site job shadow experiences and industry tours, promoting internships or apprenticeships, participating in classroom presentations or project-based learning, and more.

Planning Resources:

Career Expo Week Event Planning Guide: free event planning resource to make planning your event easy.

Event Registration:

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Events should be registered on this site and can be marked as public or invitation-only events. We will assist in promoting registered events.

2017 Career Expo Week:

2017 Career Expo Week Events: By the Numbers

2017 Oklahoma Career Expo Week Events:

 

Event DateEvent NameEvent LocationEvent DescriptionEvent Contact
November 8, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Arvest 4th Grade InvasionArvest Bank
101 S 3rd St
McAlester, OK 74501
Arvest Bank will be hosting an invitation-only tour of their facility for 4th grade students. Arvest staff will discuss with students the kinds of career opportunities available within the banking industry.Vic Wheeler
Arvest Bank
November 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Choctaw Nation Career FairDonald W. Reynolds Center
105 Reynolds Ave.
Poteau, OK 74953
Career Development's Poteau Job Fair focuses on career opportunities within Leflore County and surrounding areas. Employers from the region will be recruiting to fill immediate openings as well as sharing information about future career opportunities for students. This is an excellent opportunity for high school students and job seekers to connect with employers and learn about career opportunities. The job fair is open to the public.Bryan Martin
Choctaw Nation Career Development
November 10, 2017NORDAM #See2Be Career WeekNORDAM
11200 E. Pine Street, Tulsa, OK
and
6910 N. Whirlpool Drive
NORDAM will host tours, career panels and interactive activities on November 10th and 17th. The 10th will kick off NORDAM's #See2Be week with two schools touring separate divisions and culminate with an additional tour on the 17th.

**EVENTS BY INVITATION ONLY**
Mandy Leemhuis
NORDAM
Student Tours at Diagnostic Laboratory of OklahomaDiagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma
225 NE 97th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Students from Oklahoma City Public Schools will tour Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma (DLO) to learn about a few of the many career options in the health care industry. Event is by invitation only. Susan Johnson-Staples
Oklahoma City Public Schools
November 13, 2017Student Job Shadow with Oklahoma Secretary of State421 NW 13th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103A local student will job shadow Oklahoma Secretary of State, Dave Lopez.Dave Lopez
Secretary of State
November 13, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Northwest Technology Center "Job Shadow Day"Northwest Technology Center - Alva Campus
1801 S 11th St.
Alva, OK 73717
Northwest Technology Center Career Program students will participate in job shadowing, industry tours, and career awareness activities.Dr. Gerald W. Harris
Northwest Technology Center
November 13, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Hobart Career Exposure AssemblyHobart Elementary School
115 W Iris Ave
Hobart, OK 73651
In collaboration with Hobart Public Schools this event will provide elementary students with the opportunity to hear from business professionals in their community about how they prepared for their occupation. Event is by invitation only. Jeff Ledford
Western Technology Center-Hobart
November 13, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Drilling Rig TourAntioch Energy
12 E California Ave, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Antioch Energy's Vice President of Operations will take students on a field trip to tour a giant "walking" drilling rig in action, and learn first-hand about all phases of creating an oil and gas well, including 3D seismic with dynamite, hydraulic fracturing, and production facilities. Event is open to the public.
Nathaniel Harding
Antioch Energy
November 13, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Northwest Technology Center "Job Shadow Day"Northwest Technology Center - Fairview Campus
801 Vo-Tech Dr.
Fairview, OK 73737
Northwest Technology Center Career Program students will participate in job shadowing, industry tours, and career awareness activities.Dr. Gerald W. Harris
Northwest Technology Center
November 13, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Pathways to Future CareersVarious businesses throughout Duncan, OKThe Pathways to Future Careers Internship Program provides the opportunity for high school seniors and juniors to become an intern for a business in the career field they are most interested in and have shown an aptitude for. We have many businesses from the local Duncan community partnering with us for this amazing opportunity for students! The students are allowed to be in the working environment of a veterinary office, a dentist's office, an optometrist's office, a paint and body garage, the county courthouse, a realty office and many more. This program will benefit the students by allowing participants to explore a career pathway and as a result make better informed decisions for the future!
**EVENTS BY INVITATION ONLY.**
Lesa Hefner
Duncan Public Schools
November 13, 2017
8:30 a.m.
Duncan Area Youth Engineering ContestDuncan Middle School
601 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK 73533
This event is a challenging hands-on contest for 7th-12th grade students in schools within the Red River Technology Center district. Students will build and race approximately 300 CO2 cars at this year's event. Local manufacturers partner to work the CO2 car race, judge the CO2 cars and student drawings made from balsa wood, and provide the monetary awards that are given to the winners. Other partners include Cameron University providing scholarships, RRTC, and the Chamber of Commerce. Event is by invitation only. Jeannie Bowden
Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation
November 13-17, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Rogers County Sheriff's Department ToursRogers County Sheriff's Department**Tours by Appointment Only** 11-13-17 through 11-17-17 - and Q&A with Deputies. Please allow at least one hour for tours. (Not Available Wednesday 11-15-17)Matthew Sparks, Administrative Sergeant
Rogers County Sheriff's Office
November 13, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Valero Engineer Q&A2610 Sam Noble Parkway, Ardmore, OK 73401Valero engineers will participate in a Q&A session with Southern Oklahoma Technology Center students in Ardmore. This project-based career exploration event is by invitation only. Sara Donaho Jones
Valero Ardmore Refinery
November 13, 2017
10:30 a.m.
Catoosa High School Career FairCatoosa High School
2000 S Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK 74015
Companies located at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and the Community of Catoosa will provide information booths for students to explore. They will be able to learn about all the companies and career opportunities that are in their area. Event is by invitation only. Sheila Shook
Tulsa Port of Catoosa
November 14, 2017Student Job Shadow with Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission 110 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Local students will job shadow professionals at the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.
November 14, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Hobart Career Exposure PanelHobart Elementary 115 W. Iris Hobart, OKIn collaboration with Hobart Public Schools, this event will provide elementary students with the opportunity to hear from business professionals in their community about how they prepared for their occupation. Different careers will be introduced over the 4 day assembly event. Event is by invitation only.Jeff Ledford
Western Technology Center-Sayre
November 14, 2017
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Union High School Career Awareness Presentation PanelTulsa Union High School
6636 S Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK 74133
Students from Tulsa Union High School's Career Connect Program will hear from professionals at Solvay, Faith Technologies, and Chase about the many career options in companies located in the region and beyond. Event is by invitation only. Amanda Howell
Union Public Schools
November 14, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Grand River Energy Center Student Tour8142 Hwy 412B
Chouteau, OK 74337
High school and CareerTech students are invited to attend a tour of the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), Oklahoma's state-owned electric utility. GRDA operates three hydroelectric facilities and manages two lakes along the Grand River system. These facilities, along with coal and gas generators at the Grand River Energy Center (GREC), Red Bud facility (gas) and wind generation from several different Oklahoma wind farms combine to give GRDA a total electric generation capacity of close to 1,900 megawatt. GRDA transmits and delivers this electricity across its 24-county service area in Northeast Oklahoma via a sophisticated energy delivery system. GRDA sells electricity to three customer classes: municipals, electric cooperatives and industries. Event is by invitation only.Justin Alberty
Grand River Dam Authority
November 14, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Tours in the ParkMidAmerica Industrial Park 4075 Sanders Mitchell Street, Pryor, OK 74361Participating students will tour RAE Manufacturing and American Castings companies to learn about exciting career opportunities available in manufacturing. Event is by invitation only. Tonya Backward
MidAmerica Industrial Park
November 14, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Tech Tours/What employers need
Western Technology Center, Burns Flat Campus
621 Sooner Dr.
Burns Flat, OK 73624
Area Sophomores will tour Western Technology Center to explore careers. The event will feature project-based career exploration and guest speakers. A session will also be held for counselors called "What Employers Need in the Workplace," hosted by Serenna Hitter, President Elect of Western Oklahoma Human Resources group. Event is by invitation only. Penny Berry
Western Technology Center
November 14, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Pelco Structural Catalayah School Tour1501 Industrial Boulevard
Claremore, OK
Students from Catalayah Elementary School will tour Pelco Structural and learn about jobs at Pelco Structural. Event is by invitation only.Jeanine Coleman
Pelco Structural
November 14, 2017
10:00 a.m.
AXH Air-Coolers Business Tour401 E Lowry Rd, Claremore, OK 74017High school students will be touring AXH Air-Coolers in Claremore to learn more about careers in manufacturing. The event is by invitation only. Meggie Froman-Knight
Claremore Industrial & Economic Development Authority
November 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Choctaw Nation Career FairBypass Church of Christ
120 W. Lincoln Rd.
Idabel, OK 74745
Career Development's Idabel Job Fair focuses on career opportunities within McCurtain County and surrounding areas. Employers from the region will be recruiting to fill immediate openings as well as sharing information about future career opportunities for students. Choctaw Nation's HR department will showcase a variety of careers and provide information on the skills & education needed for successful employment with the Choctaw Nation as well as the outlook for future jobs. This an excellent opportunity for high school students to learn about the careers available in Southeastern OK! The job fair is open to the public.Becky Hilton
Choctaw Nation Career Development
November 15, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Hobart Career Exposure PanelHobart Elementary 115 W. Iris Hobart, OKIn collaboration with Hobart Public Schools, this event will provide elementary students with the opportunity to hear from business professionals in their community about how they prepared for their occupation. Different careers will be introduced over the 4 day assembly event. Event is by invitation only.Jeff Ledford
Western Technology Center-Sayre
November 15, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Choctaw Nation Hospital High School Career DayChoctaw Nation Health Care Center
1 Choctaw Way
Talihina, OK 74571
High school students will tour the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina and attend a career fair to explore occupations within the health care industry. Event is by invitation only.Andrea Wimberly
Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority
November 15, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Putting Your Paycheck to WorkGoodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, 316 S. Blackwelder Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73108Students in Goodwill's work readiness training program will discuss career opportunities and personal finance skills using the Federal Reserve's 'Putting Your Paycheck to Work' materials. Event is by invitation only. Steven Shepelwich
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma
November 15, 2017
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Dell Student TourDell
3501 SW 15th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Dell is hosting a tour of their Oklahoma City office for students from Francis Tuttle Technology Center. The event will showcase careers in information technology. Event by invitation only.
Lynae Greely
Dell
November 15, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Leadership Weatherford Education Day
Western Technology Center, 2605 E Main St, Weatherford, OK 73096
Leadership Weatherford is an event designed to expose aspiring community leaders to the importance of vocational training and highlight the many opportunities available to residents within our local CareerTech district. During this event, STEM areas will be emphasized with special hands on job demonstrations from dental hygiene and dental assisting students. Q&A sessions with dental professionals are also scheduled for participants. Event is by invitation only.Audie Corning
Western Technology Center
November 15, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Phillips 66 Pipeline Control Center Tour
Phillips 66
511 S. Keeler Ave, IC Bldg.
Bartelsville, OK
CareerTech students will tour the Phillips 66 Pipeline Control Center to learn about career opportunities with the company. The 440-acre Phillips 66 campus in Bartlesville is headquarters for their global IT operations, as well as home to many of their research teams. Bob Bish
Phillips 66
November 15, 2017
10:00 a.m.
AEP/PSO Job Shadowing for Memorial High School StudentsAEP/PSO
212 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK 74119
Memorial High School students will shadow professionals at AEP/PSO to explore careers in the Energy industry. Event is by invitation only. Taylor Hill-Taylor
Tulsa Public Schools
November 15, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Mayes County Career Exposure Day
MidAmerica Industrial Park
4075 Sanders Mitchell St
Pryor, OK 74361
This career fair will allow students to see real companies, talk with employers and see their occupations. Employers will provide staff from Human Resources, Company Administrators, First Line Supervisors and/or front line workers to provide feedback to students. By driving interest in our local companies, we hope to develop our future labor force to meet the need of local employers. Event is for students in 8th-12th grades, as well as CareerTech and college students. Event is by invitation only. Tonya Backward
MidAmerica Industrial Park
November 15, 2017
11:30 a.m.
Connecting with the Tulsa Port of CatoosaTulsa Port of Catoosa
5350 Cimarron Rd
Catoosa, OK 74015
Administrators from Catoosa Public Schools will attend a lunch and learn at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa to learn about career opportunities located in their area. Event is by invitation only. Sheila Shook
Tulsa Port of Catoosa
November 15, 2017
12:15 p.m.
SORB/Fresenius Student Lunch & LearnWestern Heights High School
8201 SW 44th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73179
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors will attend a lunch and learn style program with Steve Merchant, Vice President of SORB Technology with Fresenius Medical Care. Students will learn about career opportunities in the health care industry. Mr. Merchant will also be visiting with Pre-AP Chemistry students during the afternoon to discuss STEM occupations and encourage students to pursue one of the many career opportunities in the field of science. Event is open to the public, however guests to the school should call ahead to request visitor pass.Bonnie Wood
Western Heights High School
November 16, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Hobart Career Exposure PanelHobart Elementary 115 W. Iris Hobart, OKIn collaboration with Hobart Public Schools, this event will provide elementary students with the opportunity to hear from business professionals in their community about how they prepared for their occupation. Different careers will be introduced over the 4 day assembly event. Event is by invitation only.Jeff Ledford
Western Technology Center-Sayre
November 16, 2017
8:00 a.m.
A Day With the OU Vice President for ResearchUniversity of Oklahoma
201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 3100
Norman, OK
Student(s) will participate in a job shadow activity at the University of Oklahoma. The student(s) will spend a day with the Vice President for Research and other senior administrators of the OU research enterprise. Event is by invitation only. Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier
Vice President for Research
University of Oklahoma
November 16, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Tulsa Port of Catoosa Guest SpeakerSperry High School
400 W Main St
Sperry, OK 74073
Tulsa Port of Catoosa Maritime Education Coordinator, Sheila Shook, will go to Sperry High School to talk to students about career opportunities at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. Event by invitation only. Sheila Shook
Tulsa Port of Catoosa
November 16, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Quad/Graphics Apprenticeship Program Tour6801 S Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73135Quad/Graphics is hosting Oklahoma Apprenticeship Ambassadors and Workforce partners. The group will learn about Quad/Graphics' Registered Apprenticeship program and discuss ways more businesses can utilize apprenticeship as a way to meet workforce needs. The event includes a facility tour and apprenticeship panel.Nate Butt
Quad/Graphics
November 16, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Quad/Graphics Student Tour6801 S Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73135Quad/Graphics is hosting tours of their facility for area high school students. Students will learn about the skills required for jobs at Quad/Graphics. Nate Butt
Quad/Graphics
November 16, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Job Shadowing at ONE GasONE Gas
15 E 5th St
Tulsa, OK 74103
Washington High School students will shadow professionals at ONE Gas to explore careers in the Energy industry. Event is by invitation only. Taylor Hill-Taylor
Tulsa Public Schools
November 16, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Oklahoma State Building Trades 2017 Open House3909 Willow Springs Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK
Sheet Metal Workers JAC of Western Oklahoma is hosting the 2017 Oklahoma State Building Trades Open House. Representatives from the different building trades throughout the state of Oklahoma will set up booths for people to come by and learn about their industry. A food truck will be on site from 11 am - 1 pm for all that attend.Trent London
Sheet Metal Workers JAC of Western Oklahoma
November 16, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Partners in Education Career FairArdmore Convention Center
2401 N. Rockford Road
Ardmore, Ok 73401
High school juniors will attend a career fair and panel discussion. Area businesses, including Valero, will discuss occupations in local businesses and industry. Event is by invitation only. Cynthia Pickens
Partners in Education (PIE)
November 16, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet and Tour with State CIO, Bo Reese3115 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
High schools students will meet the Oklahoma State CIO, Bo Reese, and his team, and learn more about technology in state government and the role of the CIO. Event is by invitation only.Jamie Bush
Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services
November 17, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Morrison Junior High & High School Career Day2nd Street & C Avenue Morrison, OK 73061Wildcat students will be introduced to approximately 15 different careers at this career fair event. Event by invitation only. Brent Haken
Morrison High School
November 17, 2017
8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3rd Annual OKCPS District 8th Grade Career ExpoOklahoma City Community College
7777 South May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
The Career Expo is designed to introduce 8th grade students to the opportunities and options available to them during high school and beyond. The students will begin the experience with a Career Session that will concentrate on the importance of a Pathway of study then on to the event. This will not be your typical career event but will be connected with industry, high school options and post-secondary options through the Career Clusters. An example would be the Health Careers; the students will see industry and then go immediately to the high school program options, then on to the post-secondary options (including 2 year, 4 year and military options for education). The students will return to school with a Course Planner outlining what is required in high school and what their options are for selecting Career Programs of study for their high school careers leading to post-secondary options.D.J. Bowker
College and Career Readiness Department
Oklahoma City Public Schools
November 17, 2017
9:00 a.m.
NORDAM #See2Be Career WeekNORDAM
11200 E. Pine Street, Tulsa, OK
and
6910 N. Whirlpool Drive
NORDAM will host tours, career panels and interactive activities on November 10th and 17th. The 10th will kick off NORDAM's #See2Be week with two schools touring separate divisions and culminate with an additional tour on the 17th.

**EVENTS BY INVITATION ONLY**
Mandy Leemhuis
NORDAM
November 17, 2017
6:00 p.m.
McAlester's Big Buff TheorySoutheast Oklahoma Expo Center
4500 US-270
McAlester, OK 74501
Arvest staff will be on-site at this public career fair event discussing ways that technology is utilized at Arvest. McAlester Public Schools students in grades PK-12 will be participating. Debbie Watkins
McAlester Public Schools
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