Higher education officials announced in September the state had surpassed its goal during the 2011-12 academic year. The state's public colleges and universities produced an additional 1,934 degrees and certificates that year compared to the year before, topping the goal of 1,700 degrees and certificates for all public and private colleges and universities, as well as CareerTech centers.
But officials warned that those results weren't likely to be repeated in years to come, since the students added during the first year of the initiative likely represented “low-hanging fruit.”
Oklahoma higher education Chancellor Glen Johnson has said CareerTech has a key role to play in the state's completion efforts, since the professional certificates it awards count toward the overall completion goals.
The system already offers computer training courses in that location, she said, but she hopes to see its offerings expand to focus on downtown businesses, particularly the energy sector.