Council Matters: May 23, 2012
Southeast Oklahoma Region Becomes Certified Work Ready
Fifteen counties in Southeast Oklahoma were recently recognized for being “Work Ready” by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce at the Kiamichi Technology Center in McAlester. This region includes Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, Marshall, McCurtain, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Johnston, McIntosh and Hughes counties.
This prestigious recognition gives these counties an advantage when competing to retain, grow and attract jobs and talent. By investing in linking economic development, education and workforce these thirteen counties can provide a talent pool of skilled, work-ready job candidates to meet the needs of employers and the goals of workers. This “Work Ready” region can verify to businesses that it has a sustainable, reliable pipeline that delivers the right workers with the right skills at the right time.
In order to obtain certification, the region met the following qualifications:
• 3% of the existing workforce must earn a Career Readiness Certificate credential;
• 25% of the available workforce must earn a Career Readiness Certificate;
• Either a minimum of 85% high school graduation rate or 82% of high school seniors earn a Career Readiness Certificate.