As our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, the State Board of Education voted on 3/25/2020 that Oklahoma high school students should not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year. Although we have adult students and high school students, we followed the guidance of state and local leaders and closed all of our campuses to students and staff. However, as recommended, Metro Tech designed a Continuous Learning Plan for both full-time high school and adult students to complete the school year remotely. See this link for more information about COVID-19.
Effective April 6th, both high school and adult Metro Tech students will return to class through distance learning, as we are able. Some programs will be required to put students in a Leave of Absence (LOA) status until further notice. We understand this raises many questions as it relates to our students enrolled at Metro Technology Centers. Please know that we are committed to providing the best resources to ensure Metro Tech students receive the same quality learning experience with relevance and rigor via distance learning. Our instructional team has been working diligently to add virtual and tele/video conference learning to our current career tech programs. Teachers and other MTC staff members have reached out to enrolled students.
The Continuous Learning Plan will keep students on track toward completion of occupational certifications and credentials embedded in their career tech program. Career Technical Education offerings are unique; therefore, they must be customized and developed specifically for each program. Distance learning modules are already apart of CTE programs and have a certain percentage of theoretical content that can be easily transferred by other methodologies such as online learning. We have assessed the resources of enrolled students and are assisting them in their efforts to attain the means required to be successful as they complete their programs. We have followed the guidelines established by the Federal Financial Aid, Veteran’s Administration, and other accrediting bodies that govern each of our career tech programs.
This week and last week, we have worked with teachers to ensure they are ready to transition into remote learning. Teachers prepared work for students, and they have laid out an individual career plan for students. It is our goal to continue the same quality experience outside of our physical classrooms. Please know that while it is not an ideal solution for career technical programs to shift entirely from our hands-on approach, which is foundational to who we are to 100% online platform. We are going to fully utilize all the available resources to do the best that we can. Our greatest asset for learning is the connection between teacher and student, and I know this is in place. Our teachers are excited about seeing and hearing from their students on Monday!
Metro Tech has canceled all on-site short-term classes, scheduled events, and graduation. Students that enrolled in a canceled short-term course can get a full refund or credit. If you are a business owner needing assistance or a company interested in customized online classes for your staff, please contact our Economic and Workforce Development team call (405) 424-TECH. Businesses interested in posting jobs for our students can follow this link.
Follow this link to review the list of frequently asked questions for our current full-time students, this is being updated as new information becomes available. We will continue to provide
updates about our district’s response to COVID-19 on our Metro Tech District Website. In addition to the website, we will continue to provide updates via phone utilizing our RAVE phone system, email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
If you have any questions, please complete the following form at this link. We will respond just as quickly as possible.
We know these times can be stressful, but we know that Oklahomans are resilient people.
Never forget, we are better together. Be safe!
Bob Parrish Superintendent/CEO