The Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition (SOIC) will host “Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development,” to launch Lawton Fort Sill’s Career Pathways Initiative on June 10.
The event gives students the tools they need to fill gaps in the local workforce. Taking place at Cameron University, in the McMahon Centennial Complex, it will feature tracks for both education professionals and for the public.
“A ‘career pathway’ is a culture shift that
provides students a chance to obtain the education and credentials they need to
be career-ready and successful in jobs that support local workforce needs in
both business and industry,” SOIC Executive Director Marilyn Feaver said. “Our
presentation is geared to help educators, business professionals and community
members better understand the tie between education and economic development.”
After opening addresses from area
professionals and the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Education, the event
will diverge into two tracks. Community and business leaders will spend the
morning learning about career pathways, while education professionals will
benefit from a more in-depth approach that will last the full day.