Oklahoma City (November 2, 2017) – The business voice for education in Oklahoma has a new name, with the same core commitment to ensuring every student has a shot at their dream job.
The State Chamber’s education initiative has changed its name to Oklahoma Achieves. Previously known as the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative (OEWI), the new name underscores the organization’s commitment to seeing Oklahoma students excel in the classroom and ultimately, the workforce.
“In three years, our organization has gained the backing from the business community and we needed a name that more clearly states our mission,” said Oklahoma Achieves Executive Director, Jennifer Monies. “We chose Oklahoma Achieves because it is proactive and forward-thinking. Ultimately, we want Oklahoma students to be able to achieve their greatest potential.”
The Oklahoma Achieves board is made up of a cross-section of business leaders who all recognize that tomorrow’s workforce is in today’s classrooms.
“It is critical the business community has a voice in education policy to prepare all Oklahoma students for 21st century jobs,” said Steve Hendrickson, Director of Government Operations for The Boeing Company and chairman of the Oklahoma Achieves Board of Directors. “We must all work together to expose students to career paths they find exciting and allow them to make a quality wage right here in Oklahoma.”
The organization studies national best practices to develop education policy, advocates for improved educational outcomes for our state and builds a coalition of business leaders who understand how important it is for Oklahoma’s economic future to align our education system with our workforce needs.
“The business community stands ready to support Oklahoma Achieves as they prepare our students for life after school and someday, the workforce,” said State Chamber President and CEO, Fred Morgan. “Oklahoma, like many states, has a large gap between the skills students are graduating with and what they need to compete globally for jobs. We must all work together to close that gap and Oklahoma Achieves is critical to that effort.”
To learn more about Oklahoma Achieves, visit www.okachieves.org.