Friday, March 15, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin will be among the featured speakers Monday (March 18) at Creating Pathways to Prosperity, a Harvard University conference on education and workforce development. The governor will focus on recent education reforms in Oklahoma such as degree and certificate completion initiatives, the strength of Oklahoma’s career technology centers, and the need to work closely with the business community when designing an educational pipeline that will create a highly skilled workforce.
“For the long-term success of our economy – and our nation – it’s essential we prepare our students and young adults to live productive lives with productive careers,” Fallin said. “Speaking at the Creating Pathways to Prosperity conference is a great way to highlight the education reforms and initiatives that Oklahoma is pursuing to create the highly skilled workforce necessary to grow our economy.”
The Creating Pathways to Prosperity conference, sponsored by the Pathways to Prosperity Project, brings together national leaders in education, business, government, and philanthropy to discuss education and workforce development issues. The project is based in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and aims to find solutions to prepare young adults to lead successful lives in America.
The Pathways to Prosperity Project released a 2011 report, “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century,” which supported the creation of additional pathways that combine rigorous academics with strong technical education to equip the majority of young people with the skills to succeed in an increasingly challenging labor market.