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Oklahoma’s Special Projects Program

Oklahomas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-funded education and training programs, referred to as “Special Projects,” provide a comprehensive range of services to help TANF recipients successfully pursue postsecondary degrees and credentials at Oklahomas community colleges and technology center campuses. The Special Projects are a collaboration among the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), which operates the states TANF program; the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE); and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE).  Students participate in a “joint staffing” to create a career pathway plan and determine the appropriate next steps for eventually securing employment. To complete the work requirement, clients can choose from various options presented to them including job search, earning a GED, or receiving training through the local technology center or community college Special Project.

CLASP – TANF Education and Training: Oklahoma Special Projects