College Degree Completion and Funding
In 2011 Gov. Fallin, in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, announced Oklahoma’s entry into the national degree completion initiative—Complete College America (CCA). The ultimate goal for Oklahoma is to add 20,400 private and public sector degrees and certificates to the state’s workforce over the next 12 years. The first year of CCA proved highly successful with more than 2,900 new degrees and certificates being produced; far exceeding the annual goal of 1,700. As this effort enters its second year, it has become an important foundation of Gov. Fallin’s workforce initiative as Chair of the National Governors Association. The Chamber supports prioritizing funds to ensure continued success for the Complete College America initiative.
Business & Industry Training
The Oklahoma CareerTech System is acknowledged as one of the top systems in the nation. CareerTech is a key ingredient in attracting industry to Oklahoma through its Training for Industry Program (TIP). The Chamber supports enhancement of CareerTech programming and ongoing funding to assure that training needs for new and existing industry are being met.
Career Readiness & Certification
The Chamber believes Oklahoma needs more of our workforce to have post-secondary education targeted toward the skills that are in demand and meet industry needs. The Chamber supports creation of Industry Recognized Credentials training programs as funding is available.
Oklahoma’s Promise is one of the most successful college access programs in the country. Oklahoma’s Promise students perform better and graduate at a higher rate than the student population in general. There have been efforts to alter family income criteria and/or student performance requirements of the program. These changes would change the intent of the program by reducing access and lowering the production of college graduates by the system. We oppose legislation that would change the focus and intent of this successful program.
Oklahoma Military Connection
Oklahoma will continue to see a high number of military veterans re-enter the workforce. CareerTech and higher education are both positioned to provide fast-track certification and job placement for veterans who need help transitioning their skill to the job market. The Chamber supports outreach programs for returning military personnel as funding is available.
For more information, please contact a member of our Government Relations staff.