Last month, the Greater Grads program celebrated its 10th graduating class of InternOKC, a summer internship program that encourages students to stay in the region after graduation. The Chamber launched Greater Grads as part of its Forward Oklahoma City programming because our businesses were recruiting the majority of their employees from out-of-state colleges. We had also experienced decades brain drain, where many of our young professionals left our area for other metro areas. We realized that to remain a competitive city for businesses to expand and grow, we had to turn the tide.
Since launching the program, our region has changed, and so have the students that we target. We now have the privilege of sharing our area’s opportunities with students from across the nation. The quality-of-life improvements that residents approved through the MAPS 3 program, the community reinvestment we are seeing across the city, and most of all, the availability of well-paying jobs at our region’s companies make this a place where young professionals thrive.
Greater Oklahoma City’s future success is still tied directly to its ability to attract and retain a quality workforce, and the Greater Grads program is committed to helping our region’s businesses meet their workforce needs. Because of the investments you have made in our communities, you are making that success more certain.