September 3, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY — Community leaders from across the state attended "Career Pathways – An Intentional Journey" on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Oklahoma City. This collaborative learning conference was a forum designed to help communities develop a plan that links education to careers and work opportunities for young people.
As the 2013-2014 Chair of the National Governor's Association (NGA), Gov. Fallin has made workforce development her centerpiece initiative. America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs seeks to help America's workforce by improving education and workforce training programs. This conference supports her initiative.
Conference attendees learned how to build the business-education partnerships necessary to create a community-centered plan. Chad Foster, renowned speaker and author of Career Readiness for Teens, Financial Literacy for Teens and Teenagers – Preparing for the Real World provided the keynote address. Additional discussions were led by statewide leaders, economic developers, public school administrators and business owners. Topics included Connecting Education and Economic Development, Identifying Relevant Jobs in your Region, Hands-on Instruction in the Classroom, and more.
The conference was hosted by the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition (SOIC) – a voluntary partnership of colleges, career technology centers, economic developers and councils of government located in Southwest Oklahoma.
Career Pathways is an initiative of the Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development. The Council funded SOIC to demonstrate how Career Pathways supports a community's desire to retain and recruit industry in turn creating a vibrant local economy.
The Governor's Council is a business-led collaboration of state workforce-related and education agencies, industry and labor leaders, state and local government, economic development and community stakeholders. The Chair is Steve Hendrickson, of the Boeing Company. Mr. Hendrickson was recently elected Chair of the National Association of Workforce Boards.
"The Governor's Council is proud of the success of the SOIC career pathways project," said Hendrickson "We believe its initiatives in the Southwest part of the state and specifically those in Duncan can be replicated across Oklahoma for employers and citizens."
For more information about Career Pathways and SOIC contact Marilyn Feaver at (405) 574-1368.