Midwest City, Okla. – Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership (OEIP) began in 2007 with a mission to create partnerships between educators, counselors, administrators, parents, students, industry leaders, government policy makers, and members of the economic development community.
Over 90 K-12 and technology teachers from across the state came together today at the Rose State College Professional Training Center to kick off a three day event for the Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership. The educators present will focus on building pathways for their students from a STEM class to a STEM career. Each participant will take home a $100 stipend and $150 gift card for STEM related supplies for their classrooms and 25 educators will receive a $1,000 grant.
The most important single task we have in our state is delivering a highly-skilled, well-educated, relevant, trained workforce in our state.Governor Fallin’s remarks focused on developing workforce skills to match Oklahoma employers’ needs. Fallin believes, “We’ve got to do a better job of aligning our skills in our education with the needs of our employers in our state so our children can be successful. The most important single task we have in our state is delivering a highly-skilled, well-educated, relevant, trained workforce in our state.”
OEIP will advance the Governor’s initiative by aligning education outcomes with workforce and economic development policy which will aid in decreasing the gap between our current workforce and the skilled workforce we will need by 2020.