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Welcome to Workforce Tulsa.
Workforce Tulsa fuels economic development by connecting businesses in our region with job-ready talent through public/private partnerships.
As a private-industry led board of 50 leaders from around Tulsa, Osage, Creek and Pawnee counties, the Tulsa Area Workforce Investment Board works to ensure that the workforce system - made up of employers, job seekers, trainers and educators, government agencies and non-profits - is operating as efficiently as possible so that limited resources are being utilized as effectively as possible. We know that workforce is one of the most important components of economic development for our area, and we focus on meeting the needs of industry in our market.
Jordan Kimble enrolled into the youth program on 12/30/2015. Jordan’s mother brought him in to Workforce Tulsa after he was suspended from Edison High School on several occasions. He waseventually asked by the school administration to not return to school due to low attendance, low grades, and attitude problems. Jordan’s mother had heard great things about Workforce Tulsa’s Youth Program, and hoped that we could have a positive influence on her son, his work readiness skills and his ability to obtain a GED.
Jordan was enrolled into the youth program for only a month when his mother decided to put him into a rehab program due to his drug use and lack of motivation. She figured he would spend an extensive amount of time in rehab. The Youth Career Advisor (YCA) assigned to Jordan’s case, was concerned that he would exit the program without ever having received any services. However, Jordan was released from the rehab center in less than two months.
Upon completing the rehab program, Jordan and his mother returned to his High School. They convinced the school administration to let Jordan complete home schooling in an effort to increase hiscredits in time for graduation. Jordan worked very hard to complete his coursework and earn enough credits to graduate with a High School Diploma. Jordan said that this was his proudest moment to date. His exact words were, “As I walked across the stage, I looked around and took a mental picture of every detail. I could not believe it was actually happening; I was actually graduating. My hard work had finally paid off, and I couldn’t be happier!”
After successfully completing High School, Jordan begin thinking about post‐secondary
education and/or training opportunities. His Youth Career Advisor referred him to a Work Experience (WEX) opportunity with the Tulsa Community Food Bank. Jordan showed up every day to Academic Enrichment and Work Readiness Week (mandatory WEX placement activities). His perfect attendance and positive attitude throughout the entire process led his youth career advisor to believe that he was ready to turn his life around and focus on his bright future.
Jordan is currently working in the warehouse at the Tulsa Food Bank 4 days a week. He has had nothing but optimistic evaluations so far, and I am confident that he will successfully complete the WEX on a very positive note. Based on client’s continued growth, his youth career advisor believes that he will have no problem obtaining a great job, earning a self‐sufficient wage in his desired career field of Hospitality and Tourism.