Last month, Oklahoma designated with the honor of having the 49th best workforce in the United States. As a result, our action and results oriented leader has stepped up and re-named September as “Workforce Development Month.”
Via The Oklahoman:
With Oklahoma’s workforce ranked next to last in a recent survey, business and political leaders said Monday that the state must get better at training people for jobs in demand.
“The number one economic development issue in Oklahoma is workforce,’’ Brent Kisling, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, said at a news conference at a defense contractor’s plant in Oklahoma City.
Gov. Kevin Stitt held a workforce development summit in Edmond on Monday and had declared September will be workforce development month.
The first step to solving a problem is to admit you have one, so kudos to Kevin Stitt for taking the first step in putting our state on track to being a Top 10 workforce!
That being said, Governor Stitt calling September “Workforce Development Month” reminds me of when my parents would fight and suddenly we’d have “spring cleaning day.” Is Kevin going to disappear next week and introduce me to my name step-state Maryland?
I’ll be the first to admit that I wouldn’t have the first clue on how to improve the workforce in Oklahoma. I doubt Senator Senile Jim Inhofe would either, but The Oklahoman got his opinion anyway:
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, touted a bill he plans to introduce next month addressing several aspects of worker training and employment. Even though the state is at full employment, it is not providing the workers necessary in such industries as aviation and highway construction, Inhofe said.
So that explains why road construction takes so damn long! To help celebrate workforce development month, I’m going to switch my major to concrete pouring