Commerce Department certifies 9 Centers for Workforce Excellence

Published: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
said being designated as a CWE fulfilled a goal.

“Moving forward it is the goal of Rose State College, Tulsa Community College, the Career Technology Centers, industry partners and our communities to work together providing answers to the workforce needs with educational pathways, stackable credentials, partnerships, and training. It’s an amazing idea and an opportunity that will propel our state to the next level of economic development,” she said.

A CWE leverages Oklahoma’s extensive secondary and postsecondary education assets with a network of employment-related agencies with proven results to benefit employers in specific industries through the following objectives:

• Each CWE is data-driven and designed to meet the specific need of the local economy and the predominant industry sectors.

• The CWEs are led and supported by employer groups to ensure relevance and effectiveness.

• Each CWE engages all stakeholders in the process and leverages the expertise and resources to increase efficiency.

• The CWEs align educational pathways from K-12, CareerTech and Higher Education providing articulation opportunities.

“A Center for Workforce Excellence is considered a one-stop-shop, but it definitely is not a one-size-fits-all for employers. These specialized teams customize a workforce training and recruitment plan based on the labor needs of an employer and its geographical setting,” said Brent Kisling, executive director for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “Oklahoma Works Together is yet another great marketing asset for Commerce when working with businesses prospects seeking to expand or relocate.”

“Oklahoma has a robust education system that provides opportunity for all levels of workforce and career development options,” Stewart said. “With a statewide network of more than 100 combined campuses, Oklahoma is well-positioned to deliver training with accredited programs, custom curriculum and relevant equipment.”

The Oklahoma Workforce Committee will begin a second round of Oklahoma Works Together accreditation for certification as a CWE in February 2021. For information about becoming certified as a CWE, contact Max McKnight, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, at 405-743-5573.

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