More than 300 veterans and service members and over 50 employers took part in Oklahoma Military Connection’s inaugural hiring event, which included kick-off remarks from Gov. Mary Fallin.
The inaugural hiring event was held November 8 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman. It included a unique approach to matching employers and job-seekers.
Veterans who pre-registered for the event were matched to employers with available job openings based on their skills or desired employment. Several veterans said they received multiple matches.
“Oklahomans have great admiration and respect for the men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces. To honor their service, we are working at the Capitol to ensure Oklahoma veterans are able to find good jobs when they return to the workforce,” said Gov. Mary Fallin.
The Governor’s Council is a sponsor of OKMilitaryConnection.com.
State leaders recently celebrated the success of everyday Oklahomans and the Oklahoma workforce development system at the State Capitol.
The 2012 Workforce Investment Act Alumni Celebration: A New Day-A New Way, recognized individuals from across the state whose hard work and sacrifice, along with a helping hand from the public workforce development system, Workforce Oklahoma.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation and the American Legion will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Tulsa,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses. Several employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America's biggest employers to small companies from across the region.
WHAT: Hiring Our Heroes – Tulsa
WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST
WHERE: Central Park Hall
4503 East 21st Street
Tulsa, OK 74112
RSVP: Interested job seekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed (veterans must provide military ID).
Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate bumped up to 5.3% in October. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down by 1.0% over the year.
In October, statewide seasonally adjusted employment and unemployment both grew over the month, with employment expanding by 6,770 persons. For the year, statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped by 16,820 persons (-14.9%).
Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment added 1,300 jobs (+0.1 percent) during October.
An orientation session explaining the Workforce System in detail was held this week in Oklahoma City. Some of the topics covered included, among others:
• Why this workforce system certification was developed
• How this workforce system certification was developed
• The difference between workforce system and workforce center certification
• The framework or process to be certified
• The standards the system will meet and the measurements show you have met those standards
• The important timelines within the pilot phase
As Oklahoma’s Workforce System continues to evolve, these sessions will prove extremely valuable.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the University of Oklahoma, in partnership with Botball, recently announced that it will provide grants of up to $2,200 per school to facilitate recent start-up and existing middle and high school Botball teams.
The Botball Educational Robotics Program gives students skills, experience, and opportunities to succeed as they work in teams to design, build and program a pair of autonomous robots for regional and international competitions.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer schools grants for their Botball programs,” State Superintendent Janet Barresi said.
“This program reinforces many different aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which will be so necessary for our future graduates as they seek jobs in an ever-increasing technical work world.”
The deadline to apply for the grant is 5pm, December 7. Apply today!
• Governor’s Council, 9am: December 7 at OSU-OKC. Agenda
• Governor’s Youth Council, 11:30am: December 7 at OSU-OKC.