Uniquely among the states, 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.
Since 2004, the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development has been working to develop creative solutions that expand and improve Oklahoma’s workforce, promote a stronger economy, and make the state more competitive globally.
Among the Council’s more visible accomplishments are:
Sector strategies that have led to more and better training and education for workers in the state’s leading industries, including health care, aerospace and manufacturing.
Career Readiness Certificates , giving 60,000 Oklahoma workers an objective credential documenting their skills and giving employers a way to identify and employ those skills.
, now covering the entire eastern tier of Oklahoma, where the workforce and graduating high school seniors have documented skill levels. Work Ready Communities
, providing a wide range of information on career and education planning, including overviews of careers in the state’s top industries. OKCareerPlanner.com
Career Ready 101/KeyTrain , a proven interactive training system for workforce development.
, which is training thousands of Oklahomans for a wide spectrum of energy-efficiency and other green jobs. Oklahoma Green
Current Council initiatives, as outlined in
Governor’s Council Strategic Plan 2011, include:
Decrease Government Bureaucracy – by designing, aligning and integrating Oklahoma’s workforce/ talent development and delivery system.
Commitment to education and training - to ensure that employer talent demands are matched with and meet the education and training supply chain.
Increase Oklahoma’s educational attainment levels – to ensure a quality workforce with appropriate skills and credentials.
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Building Blocks for an Employer-Responsive Workforce System 2011
A major Governor’s Council study of employer needs in 2011 found better skills certifications and four other building blocks as the blueprint for a new, more responsive workforce development system.
Game Changers for Governor Fallin
State Workforce Youth Council
A separate State Workforce Youth Council advises the Governor’s Council on strategies involving youth.
Workforce Investment Areas
The Governor's Council and Youth Council meet six times a year, usually every other month. Meetings are held on the campus of OSU-OKC, unless otherwise noted.