Oklahoma Works is an initiative to increase the wealth of all Oklahomans through facilitating quality employment for workers and ready availability of highly skilled talent for business and industry. The initiative is a coalition of state agencies, educational institutions, businesses and other partners.
- Align education outcomes and workforce and economic development policy
- Create efficiency and collaboration among partner agencies
- Ensure consistency across the state while encouraging local adaptation
- Create the expectation of stellar customer focus for all
Gov. Fallin’s vision is to implement wealth-generating policies so all Oklahomans can achieve the American dream. To accomplish this, the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development will coordinate strategic priorities and plans across education, training and economic agencies, increasing alignment of the entire education and training pipeline.
Addressing the Skills Gap
Oklahoma has a substantial skills gap in its workforce. As we look to the year 2020, the state’s greatest challenge will be increasing the number of students with workforce credentials or associate degrees, as well as increasing the number of college graduates. Current estimates show a 23-point gap between our current workforce and the skilled workforce we will need by 2020.
For Oklahoma businesses to meet labor demands, and for Oklahoma citizens to maintain wealth-building occupations, we must understand that the new minimum for success requires a post-secondary degree or credential. Gov. Fallin created Oklahoma Works to address this crisis.
Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development Contacts:
Oklahoma Works Coordinator
Workforce System Coordinator
Outreach & Information Officer
Employer Workforce Services & State Rapid Response Coordinator
Program & Policy Officer
Executive Assistant to Deputy Secretary & Governor’s Council Coordinator
Policy & Program Officer/State Youth Coordinator
Policy & Program Officer
Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development