Oklahoma has the 9th Best Workforce Training Programs

– Business Facilities Magazine Annual Rankings Report

Reap the productivity gains of our right-to-work, ready-to-work labor pool custom-trained to your specifications at no cost by one of the nation’s leading workforce training programs.

Free Workforce Training Programs

Free Resources to Help Oklahoman’s Get Hired … and Get Ahead

Whether you have experienced layoffs, job loss, or are having difficulty returning to the workforce after a significant life event, we understand the related issues and are here to help. Even better, all Work Ready Oklahoma services are completely FREE of charge to qualifying adults.

Quality Jobs, Quality Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor has provided resources to Work Ready Oklahoma with the goal of helping unemployed and underemployed Oklahomans be competitive for jobs at companies seeking employees for high-demand industries. Many of these positions are in good-paying sectors:

Who is Eligible?

Those who are currently unemployed or underemployed in Oklahoma—particularly for 27 weeks or longer—we may be able to help. To qualify, applicants must, at minimum:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have some post-secondary education or work experience

Quality Employment with Highly Skilled Talent

Oklahoma Works

Oklahoma Works is designed to increase the wealth of all Oklahomans through facilitating quality employment for workers and ready availability of highly skilled talent for business and industry. Oklahoma Works’s strategic priorities are coordinated by the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development.

Cleveland's Public School Micro Society

Cleveland Public Schools is the only public school in Oklahoma offering this one of a kind learning experience.

What is a Micro Society?

With MicroSociety, school is society, a thriving, modern-day, mini-metropolis—complete with a government center, entrepreneurial hub, non-profit organizations, consumer marketplace, University and community gathering spaces—created and managed by students and facilitated by teachers and community mentors. It is the place where students are empowered to disrupt the status quo.  It is learning at the highest end of Bloom’s Taxonomy learning objectives – application, synthesis, analysis and creativity. Student responsibilities and activities occur within seven MicroSociety Strands, each intentionally designed to connect societal activity and real world endeavors to standards-correlated academic content while making school relevant to kids’ lives. Contrary to traditional academic disciplines which have no immediate application to daily life, the Strands – Technology, Economy, Academy, Citizenship and Government, Humanities and the Arts and HEART – are based on the professions and create a practical relationship between knowledge and experience.


Cleveland Public School's Bright Future Program

Why Bright Futures?

Bright Futures is a framework of support and communications that allows communities and schools to identify student needs and match those needs with existing resources in the community – often within 24 hours.

If a students’ basic needs are met, they are better able to focus on education and achievement.  When children succeed communities flourish.

Our  Goal: 

Bright Futures goals are to work beyond basic needs to find the underlying issues and work diligently to help rectify the problems that created the need to begin with,  through asking the right questions and finding the best community resource to address the situation.

How we do it:

  1. Create communication and resource structures to meet any child’s basic needs within 24 hours.
  2. Build community leadership capacity to improve problem solving capabilities to address the greater challenges faced by today’s youth.
  3. Provide service-learning opportunities to provide students and teachers curriculum-based, hands-on service experiences to grow generations of service-minded citizens.

Universities/Tech schools near Pawnee

Central Tech

Central Tech is a top performer in the Oklahoma CareerTech system ranking high in job placement for graduates. It is the only technology center to be awarded the Gold Star School Award for excellence in technology education since inception in 1990. It serves more than 22,000 enrollments and provides customized business and industry training to more than 500 area businesses.

Oklahoma State University

OSU offers nearly 200 undergraduate degree majors through six Colleges: College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Health, and Aviation, College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology, College of Human Sciences and the Spears School of Business. Enrollment 25,594.

University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa has nationally recognized programs in petroleum engineering, English, and computer science. Its College of Law Review ranks in the top 15% of all law schools. Admission to TU is highly competitive; The 2014 incoming freshman class boasted an average ACT score of 29 and an incoming average GPA of 3.9, the highest in the university’s history.

"The CareerTech infrastructure in Oklahoma is robust and works well. The state can tune the workforce to the needs of the industry through the framework of its CareerTech schools."
Mike Wooten
Operations Manager, Google
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