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January 3, 2013

Governor’s Council Briefed on Duncan Career Pathways Pilot Program

At the most recent Governor’s Council meeting, Marilyn Feaver, Executive Director of the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition (SOIC), and Duncan Superintendent Dr. Sherry Labyer explained how the Duncan Career Pathways pilot originated and its intended goals. 

Duncan was selected as the state’s first pilot community for a number of reasons. The city has a robust manufacturing sector as well as a strong healthcare community. Since manufacturing and healthcare are two of their targeted sectors and Duncan has a technology center, a branch campus for higher education, and a competent economic development organization, SOIC felt these were all necessary components for a successful pilot program. 

Retiring CareerTech Director Berkenbile Honored by Council


Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education Director Phil Berkenbile was honored for his contributions to the Governor’s Council. Berkenbile has been the head of CareerTech since 2004 and has been with the Governor’s Council since its inception. Please join us in wishing Dr. Berkenbile a happy retirement!

New Program Helping Oklahoma Veterans

KOTV in Tulsa is reporting on a new program aimed at putting Oklahoma veterans back to civilian work much faster. Read More

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.2%

In November 2012, Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percentage points to 5.2%. Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment in Oklahoma grew by 2,700 jobs. Read More

District, State A-F Report Card Grades Now Available Online

School District and State A-F Report Cards are now available for public viewing on the Oklahoma State Department of Education website.

"This is a continuation of our efforts to provide clear-cut, transparent information to the public, particularly parents, about the performance of their local schools," said State Superintendent Janet Barresi. Read More

Upcoming Events

•    Governor’s Council, 9am: February 1 at OSU-OKC.

•    Governor’s Youth Council, 11:30am: February 1 at OSU-OKC.

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