2012-01-11 Council matters
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Council Matters: January 10, 2011 Governor’s Council Looks Forward to 2012 The new year promises exciting initiatives and projects. A new website that puts into action the game-changers recommend by the Council late last year will be announced very soon! 32 Oklahoma High Schools Receive 2011 College Readiness Award The recognition means each school has shown a significant increase in its ACT composite score over the past five years, while at the same time increasing the number of students taking the ACT assessment. The result is a greater number of Oklahoma students prepared for college. Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Holds Steady Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.1% for the month. The rate is still lower than every neighboring state. Gov. Fallin Reflects on 2011 Governor Mary Fallin reflects on the challenges faced by Oklahoma in 2011 in a recent editorial for the Edmond Sun. Oklahoman Sees a Bright 2012 for Graduates The Oklahoman sees blue skies ahead for college graduates in Oklahoma in 2012. DOL Announces Workforce Innovation Fund Grant Solicitation The Department of Labor recently announced the availability of approximately $98.5 million through the Workforce Innovation Fund to support employment and training services. The fund invests in programs that support, evaluate and enhance workforce investment strategies, particularly for vulnerable populations. A solicitation for grant applications is available at: http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-11-05.pdf. Eligible applicants include state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards and organizations considered eligible to apply for WIA Section 166 grants. ETA expects to fund approximately 20 to 30 grants; individual grant amounts will range from $1 million to $12 million. The deadline for applying is March 22, 2012. Register for Southeast Oklahoma Regional Economic Summit This summit includes a meeting and luncheon during which the regional strategic plan for economic growth in southeastern Oklahoma will be revealed. All who are interested in improving the regional economy within Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, McIntosh, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties should attend - including state and federal legislators, county governments, city governments, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Chambers of Commerce, industrial authorities, economic development organizations, educators, health care professionals, defense contractors, business leaders, non-profit organizations, community members, and volunteers. The summit will be held Thursday, January 26 from 10am-2pm on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. Register on-line at http://www.seokinitiative.org today! Register for OKJobmatch.com Webinar The Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce and Burning Glass Technologies are pleased to offer a webinar on OKJobMatch.com Focus/Talent module on Friday, February 10, 2012 (9:00am-10:00am CST). Register today! Other Events E3 (Engage, Empower, Envision) Summit, Classroom Building SOSU, Durant, Jan. 26 (8am-4pm) Call Kathy Hendrick for more information, 580-745-2046 Policy Open for Comment The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has released an Oklahoma Workforce Development Issuance regarding the WIB two-year certification process. The policy is currently open for comment. Please read the issuance and provide any feedback. Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Like the Governor’s Council on Facebook 163 people like the Governor’s Council’s Facebook page. Help us get to 200! Like us today for the latest information on the Council. Follow the QR Code to find the Youth Council on Twitter The Oklahoma Workforce Youth Council is now on Twitter. Use your smart phone to find us! Or if you don’t have a smart phone handy, click here. Story Ideas or Anything Else If you would like to receive a notification of this newsletter by email or have a story idea, please contact David Crow with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce Workforce Solutions team.
|Okla State Agency||
Commerce, Oklahoma Department of
Oklahoma. Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development.
|Publisher||Oklahoma Department of Commerce|
|Publication Date||2011; 2012|
|Serial holdings||Electronic holdings: 2011-2012|
Oklahoma. Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development--Periodicals.
|Purpose||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.|
|Notes||issues through 1/11/2012|
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