State Director: Investment In CareerTech Will Help Fill Skills Gap
STILLWATER, Okla. -- (March 31, 2015) -- In response to the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative’s report, “Oklahoma’s Business Case for Education Reform,” Oklahoma CareerTech Director Marcie Mack issued the following statement:
“Oklahoma CareerTech commends the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative for its recent report, ‘Oklahoma’s Business Case for Education Reform,’ which highlights the serious skills gap facing our state.
The report shows that Oklahoma’s schools are producing only half of the workers needed to fill the state’s high-skilled jobs, and Oklahoma will face a shortage of 500,000 workers by 2020 if the trend continues.
“Oklahoma CareerTech is focusing efforts on teaching students the skills they need to take those jobs and fill the gap. Our goal is to provide a job for every Oklahoman and a workforce for every company. Our technology centers and skills centers are answering the call, as are our CareerTech programs in comprehensive schools, but with more resources, Oklahoma CareerTech could have an even greater impact on filling the potential 500,000 worker gap in the state.
“An investment in the Oklahoma CareerTech System will help ensure that Oklahoma companies will have the workers they need and will allow future generations to prosper.”
For more information please contact Paula Bowles, 405.743.5108.