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May 23, 2013

Presentations from Workforce Partners Conference Now Online

Steve Hendrickson

More than 400 Workforce Partners from across Oklahoma recently came together for a three day conference to learn, share best practices and network. Keynotes were delivered by Council Chair Steve Hendrickson, OESC Director Richard McPherson, COWIB CEO Eddie Foreman, and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Norma Noble.   Many Council members attended the event.

Presentations from the conference’s breakout sessions are now available for download.

Future of Workforce Development: Building Education and Industry Partnerships Conference Coming to Oklahoma City

Growing skills gaps, funding pressures, changing demographics and the reshaping of the nature of work requires new approaches to workforce training. A symposium sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will identify ways that employers and educators can collaborate to ensure that today’s workforce is ready for tomorrow’s challenges.

A $30 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch buffet. The event will be held June 12 from 8:30am-3:30pm on the campus of OSU-OKC. Click here to register and learn more.

Manufacturing Makes a Comeback in the South

Southern Business & Development looks at the re-emergence of manufacturing in the southern United States. Read More

Career Pathways Manufacturing Sub-Committee Endorses Dream It. Do It.

The Manufacturing Institute recently launched the Dream It. Do It. Network.  The Network offers local and regional workforce development innovators the opportunity to promote manufacturing as a top tier career choice. 

Dream It. Do It. strives to:

  • Make students aware of the high-tech, high-paying opportunities in advanced manufacturing
  • Produce the qualified workers that manufacturers are struggling to fine, and
  • Help U.S. manufacturing reclaim its prestigious status as a leading industry in our economy.

The Duncan Region, in conjunction with their highly successful career pathways initiative, plans to implement Dream It. Do It. in the coming months.  Other regions in the state are also planning to implement Dream It. Do It.

At their meeting on May 15, the Career Pathways Manufacturing Sub-committee endorsed this initiative. 

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.9%

Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment rose by 1,800 jobs in April. Since February 2012, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has contracted by 0.3%. Read More

Upcoming Events

Governor’s Council, 9am: June 7 at OSU-OKC.

Governor’s Youth Council, 11:30am: June 7 at OSU-OKC.

Elevate Youth Summit, June 18 at TCC Northeast Campus

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