Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will host and speak at the third workshop of the Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative on Oct. 16-17 in Oklahoma City.
Registration is now open for the workshop, which is part of the Chairman's Initiative of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, WGA’s Chair. The initiative seeks to leverage the region’s best thinking to bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in the West to create enhanced career opportunities for students, graduates and displaced workers.
The Oklahoma workshop will examine how states can better utilize data to identify critical skills gaps and then align resources to guide jobseekers from career awareness to the training and credentials that will prepare them for in-demand careers.
The workshop will be livestreamed and subsequently archived on WGA’s YouTube page. Following is the draft agenda, please check back for updates and livestream information.
11:30 am Lunch
11:40 am Welcome: James D. Ogsbury, WGA Executive Director
11:50 am Introductory Remarks: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
12:15 pm Roundtable I: Career Awareness: Engaging Students to Motivate Their Educational Journey to a Career:
This discussion will explore effective means of exposing students and young adults to career opportunities and the use of data to identify critical jobs to drive the economy.
1:45 pm Break
2:00 pm Roundtable II: Identifying Credentials of Value: How States and Employers Address the Skills and Credential Gaps: Panelists will discuss how policymakers and employers can determine which credentials are aligned to the needs of the state economy and have real value for job seekers.
3:30 pm Roundtable III: Resource Alignment: How can states start to align resources and funding to get students meaningful credentials and training?
5:00 pm Day One Recap
5:30 - 6:30 pm Reception
7:30 am Breakfast & Keynote Remarks: Giving Students Real World Experience - Apprenticeships, Work-Based Learning, and Mentors
Chauncy Lennon, Managing Director and Head of Workforce Initiatives, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase
9:00 am Roundtable IV: Creating Opportunities for Students to Learn at Work: This discussion will explore work-based and experiential learning opportunities for youth.
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Panel: Putting the Pieces Together: This panel will consider the leadership necessary, from Governors to the private sector and education institutions, to build high-quality, equitable opportunities for young people.
12:00 pm Closing Remarks
12:30 pm Adjourn