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February 3, 2014

Gov. Fallin Addresses Council; Dashboard Approved


Gov. Mary Fallin recently spoke to the Governor’s Council about her current initiative, “America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs,” as chair of the National Governor’s Association.

Gov. Fallin said educational attainment is the most important issue facing Oklahoma and the country.

“I don’t want to be mediocre, I want our children to have a great education,” said Gov. Fallin.

On the Governor’s recommendation, the Council approved a “system dashboard.” The dashboard will provide key economic and workforce data on a web page in an easy to understand format.

Council members also received an update from the Career Pathways and System Oversight/Certification Committees as well as approved the Council’s annual report.

Gov. Fallin and Council Honor Norma Noble


Deputy Secretary of Commerce Norma Noble will retire from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in February. At the recent Council meeting, Gov. Mary Fallin honored Ms. Noble’s service to the Council and the state of Oklahoma.

Noble received a commendation from the Governor as well as a statue of the Pioneer Woman.

The Council would like to thank Norma for her hard work and dedication to the people of Oklahoma!

Reminder: Governor’s Council Meeting Quarterly in 2014

As a reminder, the Governor’s Council now meets quarterly. The remaining meeting dates are:

Friday, April 4

Friday, July 11

Friday, October 3

Council meetings will continue to be held on the campus of OSU-Oklahoma City. Meeting start times remain 9 a.m.

December Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Oklahoma held steady at 5.4% in December.

Statewide seasonally adjusted employment added 5,850 persons in December, while seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped by 740 persons.

Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment expanded by 3,400 jobs. Read more

OETT Grants Paying Dividends

NewsOK reports the classrooms at Lakeview Elementary School are filled with activity as students research and present reports on topics ranging from polar bears to minerals. The students are using iPads for their research and to make notes for their presentations to the class.

The devices are at the school thanks to a $65,000 grant awarded last year by the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust. Read More

Workforce Centers Aid Job Search

The Tahlequah Daily Press recently spoke to employees at the Tahlequah Workforce Center on the services offered to help people seeking work. Read More

Upcoming Events

•    Governor’s Council, 9am: April 4 at OSU-OKC.

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