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Training For Industry Program (Tip)

The American dream is alive and well in Oklahoma, as companies secure their future with a talented, skilled and productive workforce. Whether a new or an expanding company in Oklahoma, the nationally acclaimed Training for Industry Program (TIP) can help a company create the trained workforce it needs in order to be productive from the start. And best of all – it’s low, or in some cases, at no cost to the company.

In existence since 1968, TIP has served thousands of companies. From manufacturing to warehouse and distribution centers, business services to aviation, biotech to food processing, CareerTech has the experience and expertise to build a skilled workforce. Totally customized and extremely flexible, TIP is delivered through Oklahoma’s CareerTech System with 29 state-of-the-art technology centers in 59 locations across the state. The application process is very simple, has no cost and is quick to complete, especially with the free assistance of the state CareerTech staff and the local technology center 

Beyond start-up, CareerTech’s technology centers provide ongoing, customized training for existing employees at significant cost savings. Each year thousands of Oklahoma companies keep their employees on the leading edge by taking advantage of programs like Customized Business and Industry Training, Management and Organization Development, Career Development for Adults, and the award-winning Safety Training. 

Whether using TIP or any of the programs for existing industry, there is expertise in a wide variety of disciplines, including: 

  • Software skills training
  • Inventory management 
  • Customer service 
  • Safety training 
  • Industrial maintenance 
  • ISO certification and maintenance 
  • Lean 
  • Six Sigma 
  • Team building 
  • Front-line supervisor skills 
  • Blueprint reading 
  • SPC

Customized Industry Training Program

CareerTech’s Customized Industry Training Program is an economic development tool that helps Oklahoma companies remain at the cutting edge by helping to defray the cost for training needed for their existing workforce. 

This program is designed specifically to train the employees of one or a specific group of businesses or industries. Training must be job-related and the local technology center must have material participation in the delivery of training. 

Companies work with their local CareerTech to determine if they are qualified for Customized Industry Training funds to be leveraged in order to support their training goals. Training is, traditionally, company- focused and operates on a fast-track schedule. 

Industrial Safety Training Program 

Safety training is intended to help organizations plan and implement safety processes and procedures and ongoing training to assure safe work environments for Oklahomans. This is done by providing quality preventative safety training. 

To be eligible for consideration for reimbursement, the safety training must be conducted by a technology center instructor (full-time, adjunct, contract). Company employees as instructors do not qualify for reimbursement. Online safety courses or safety courses conducted solely by video are not eligible for reimbursement. 

For more information and to begin the process of leveraging our assets to grow your company, contact Elizabeth Armstrong with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education (CareerTech) at (405) 747-0186 or

Additional information can also be obtained online at or by calling CareerTech direct at (405) 377-2000.

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