Workforce Development

Oklahoma is focused on developing a comprehensive workforce development system that supports economic development and the growth of the state’s economy.

Governor's Council

Oklahoma brings together leaders from business, government, education, and non-profit sectors to jointly develop ways to coordinate workforce development with economic development. The goals: better jobs for the state’s workers and better-qualified workers for the state’s employers.

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State Workforce Youth Council

The Youth Council was designed to create an Oklahoma workforce strategy that aligns with youth initiatives and provides common solutions that coordinates with the state’s economic goals of building prosperity for all Oklahomans.

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Regional Workforce Network

There are nine workforce investment boards (WIBs) across Oklahoma. WIBs are designed to address workforce related issues within their jurisdiction. This map shows which counties each WIB covers. It also includes contact information, locations, and links for more information.

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Green Job Training & Employment Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Oklahoma two major green-job grants (OK Green $6M and OK Greenovation $5M) to train and employ workers in emerging industries such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. The goal is to train more than 5,000 workers for jobs that pay above the state’s per capita income.

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Work Ready Communities

Work Ready Communities expands the state’s skills assessment and certification effort currently offered to individual employees, job seekers, and employers through the WorkKeys and Career Readiness Certificate program.

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Workforce Issuances/Memos

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, as the administrative entity for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), issues policy on behalf of the Governor and the Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development (state workforce investment board).

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Manage Workforce Reductions

Because layoffs are often part of weathering a lackluster economy and aren't necessarily permanent, employers who manage their workforce reductions well can expect to improve their organization's image, productivity, profits, and staff morale.

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Rapid Response Layoffs and Plant Closures

Rapid Response activities are provided as a part of a comprehensive Workforce Investment System designed to respond quickly to employer, employee and community needs when a mass layoff and/or plant closure appears imminent.

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Policies Open For Comment

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Workforce Portal

OKworks.org is designed to connect job seekers, employers, and community partners to the tools and resources needed to build Oklahoma's workforce.

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Council Matters Newsletter

Council Matters is the official newsletter of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development.

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Meetings

Meeting schedules and agendas for the Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development and Workforce Youth Council.

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Workforce and Employer Data

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Training Providers

Find a list of employment training providers in your area.

Division Reports

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