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Background of Robert Sommers, Oklahoma's CareerTech director

Sommers served in a variety of educational roles in Ohio before taking the Oklahoma job last year.
Oklahoman Modified: January 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: January 6, 2014

Robert Sommers, who became Oklahoma's seventh CareerTech director in April, serves on the governor's Cabinet as secretary of education and workforce development.

Before coming to Oklahoma, Sommers was chief executive officer and managing member of Carpe Diem Learning Systems, a charter school management company that strives to ensure students will be career-ready and prepared for college.

He served as CEO and superintendent of Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, a career-technical district in Hamilton, Ohio. Under his leadership, the district doubled in size, became the highest performing career-technical district in Ohio and became known for creative educational programs. The district served more than 26,000 students and provided customized training to companies.

Sommers worked for the Ohio Department of Education for 15 years, serving as an agricultural supervisor, state adviser for the FFA, assistant director of program evaluation services and associate director for career-technical education.

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