Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Receives $200,000 to Expand Apprenticeships

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Receives $200,000 to Expand Apprenticeships

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OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) - The state has been awarded $200,000 as part of a workforce grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand and create apprenticeships.

The grant was awarded to allow Oklahoma to better integrate apprenticeship into its education and workforce systems; work with industrial and other partners to expand apprenticeship to new sectors; conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs; promote greater inclusion and diversity in apprenticeship; and implement state incentives and system reforms.

"Apprenticeships offer a practical avenue to gain an industry- recognized skill while getting paid," said Natalie Shirley, secretary of education and workforce development. "In Oklahoma, we're seeing an increase in interest in apprenticeship opportunities in fields such as manufacturing, health care and information technology. …

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