In lieu of a traditional request, Sommers said the agency will put together a business plan outlining, not just the programs in the CareerTech system, but the value of the agency and its contribution to the state.
Sommers, who also serves as Gov. Mary Fallin’s Secretary of Education and Workforce Development, said during the board’s monthly meeting that the business plan will be driven by the agency’s accomplishments rather than specific activities.
From that plan, the agency will generate two big documents—its legislative agenda and a set of action plans that will be carried out inside the organization. The legislative agenda, Sommers said, will be a very involved process that will include the input from various CareerTech centers and the board.
That business plan will be presented to the board at next month’s board meeting. As part of the effort to engage technology centers in the state, Sommers has planned an 18-month long tour of community visits that will include not just the CareerTech facilities but the common schools in the area as well.