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High schoolers shown possible careers without college degree

Posted at 1:26 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 14:26:19-05

TULSA — High School students from across Tulsa visited Tulsa Tech to explore career opportunities if they choose not to go to college.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office teamed up with Tulsa Tech and the Martin Luther King Society for the second annual Dream Out Loud.

"As a young kid growing up in an impoverished neighborhood, I never knew these things, like I could have got a job that there were alternatives to going to college," Sheriff Vic Regalado said.

Sheriff Regalado said it is a good way for the sheriff's office to recruit. He said there are jobs within the sheriff's office that someone with a high school diploma or tech degree can pursue.

"Kids that are gainfully employed and are engaged in a passionate career don't commit crimes," Sheriff Regalado said.

About 150 students from various high schools explored the Tulsa Tech campus in the north part of the city. They were able to ask professionals who took the tech route questions about why they chose the route they did and the opportunities to further their career past tech school.

Sheriff Regalado said students who plan to work while going to college can also benefit from a tech degree.

"Some people across the area and across the Tulsa metro were not allowed or given the chance to explore what they wanted to do so they spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out what they want to do," Taylor West, an Owasso High School sophomore, said.


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