Rogers County Center of Workforce Excellence
What is the Rogers County Center of Workforce Excellence?
Sean Kouplen, Former Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce & Workforce Development, alongside members of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development and industry leaders, announced the certification of nine Centers for Workforce Excellence (CWE) under the Oklahoma Works Together program in late 2020. Rogers County, led by consortium partners including Claremore Industrial & Economic Development Authority, Tulsa Ports, and Rogers County Development received this distinction for its efforts within the manufacturing sector.
"Over the past four years, Rogers County's consortium partners have worked diligently to ensure our area manufacturers have a pipeline to support their talent needs, said Meggie Froman-Knight, Associate Director for the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority. "We are honored to be named as a Center of Workforce Excellence. Our team is confident this prestigious distinction will play a vital role in our efforts to develop a robust talent pool and provide career pathways for our county's prospective workforce, including our underemployed and underserved populations.
"As a former educator, I understand the crucial role our public schools play in preparing and educating students for their future careers," said Shelia Shook, Education and Workforce with Tulsa Ports. "The Rogers County Center of Workforce Excellence will provide a foundation for students to develop and maintain career pathways, as well as provide relevance and rigor to STEM education, training, and workforce development that can carry over to future career opportunities. We look forward to the continued progress and growth in Rogers County.”
What Happens at a Center For Workforce Excellence?
A CWE leverages Oklahoma’s extensive secondary and post-secondary 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 predominate industry sector(s).
- 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.”