Mid-America Delivers” is a collaborative effort between the Mid-America Industrial Park in Pryor, Oklahoma and Mayes County schools.
Mid-America is home to over 70 businesses, including several Fortune 500 companies.
This is the largest cluster of private employers in the region, and they need hundreds of workers every year trained in advanced manufacturing, electrical work, medical services and more.
Through “Mid-America Delivers,” K-12 students take tours of local businesses, which are encouraged to place them in internships. The goal is to expose students to the job and career options available to them after graduation, as well as the skill-sets they’ll need to obtain those jobs.
Along with their partnership with the Mid-America Industrial Park, Mayes County Schools also work with Northeast Technology Center, OSU-IT, Rogers State University and other post-secondary degree programs.
These partnerships allow high school students the opportunity to be concurrently enrolled in classes to pursue a degree or credential in a career-area they choose.
This innovative program seeks to graduate high school seniors with hours towards a college degree or career tech certificate as well as a high school diploma.
By the time they leave high school, they will already have a career path option and the necessary skills to pursue it, if they choose to.
To make sure we are duplicating success stories like this across the state, I have established a team to launch a new program called “Oklahoma Works.”
Oklahoma Works is a cooperative effort between the public and private sector designed to strengthen the talent pipeline between K-12 education, career technology centers, higher education institutions, and businesses.
We will work to aggressively develop local partnerships to help ensure both children and adult students have access to the training and education they need to enter a career.
To read the entire 2015 Oklahoma State of the State Address go to: http://www.ok.gov/governor/State_of_the_State_Address.html
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