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Career Pathways Committee Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development Chairs: Chuck Gray Peggy Geib
Governor Mary Fallin Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development (GCWED)The Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development works to develop creative solutions that expand and improve Oklahoma’s workforce, providing better jobs for workers and a skilled workforce for business and industry. WIOA Core PartnersState level representatives of federal programs who are part of the unified plan, including all federal titles administered by four state agencies (OOWD, OESC, ODCTE, DRS)* • Workforce System Partners**Leaders from 17 state agencies with investment in the workforce system (including WIOA Core Partners)who work to develop, identify and align successful programs offered by state agencies • GCWED Committees • Four committees responsible for carrying out the work of GCWED: • Workforce System Oversight Committee • Career Pathways Committee • Youth Programs Committee • Health Care Workforce Subcommittee • Key Economic Networks (KENs)** • KENs compliment the Governor’s Council by generating regional perspectives, partnerships, and solutions to improve Oklahoma’s workforce • Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development (OOWD) • Staffs and carries out the vision of the GCWED, provides technical assistance to local boards, and coordinates strategic priorities and plans across education, training and economic agencies Oklahoma Works Center PartnersLocal area partners providing services to clients in coordination with the Oklahoma Works (One-Stop) Centers Oklahoma Works (One-Stop) CentersNetwork of 35 comprehensive and specialized centers that help connect jobseekers to employment and link employers to the skilled workforce they need. Local Workforce Development BoardsSeven local boards operate 35 comprehensive and specialized centers across the state that provide workforce development programs and services. *Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC), Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE), Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) **See complete list of agencies in following table
Purpose • Make recommendations, inform, coordinate and facilitate statewide efforts to improve exposure to high-demand career and entrepreneurship opportunities, along with the education and training required for entry into and advancement within a chosen career • Develop industry sector strategies in state and regional ecosystems to ensure that the education and training system is delivering the skills needed by employers
Goals/Objectives • Create plan for Career Pathways efforts to be based on industry sectors within state and regional ecosystems. • Establish strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of entering and retaining employment • Create and use Career Pathways approaches to increase the proportion of low-skill learners who ultimately earn a degree or certificate • Increase high school graduation rates – decrease high school dropout rates • Increase the percentage of Oklahoma workers with a recognized postsecondary credential • Reinforce alignment with Registered Apprenticeship • Use performance data to demonstrate progress and impact • Make Career Pathways part of the Board certification process • Promote best practices and success stories • Develop or research pilots and models
Sector Partnerships • Manufacturing • Health Care