College & College Completion
Reach Higher - Oklahoma's Degree Completion Program - offers an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science in enterprise development (general studies or business administration) designed for working adults who have already earned at least 18 hours of college credit and want to finish an associate degree or a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership designed for working adults who ahve already earned at least 72 hours of college credit and want to finish a Bachelor's Degree.
Other requirements apply. Go to Reach Higher for full details.
The College of Extended Learning at Northeastern State University offers degree completion programs for working adults in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, Human & Family Sciences and Organizational Leadership. Click here for details.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber is partnering with area higher education institutions, local employers and community organizations to challenge Tulsans to get back in school. The Talent Dividend initiative is a goal to increase the number of certifications and degrees completed by one percentage point over the next five years. Research has consistently shown that higher education improves our economic potential by attracting new businesses and generating jobs.
From now through the year 2018, Oklahoma will have 541,000 job vacancies. Of those, 308,000 will require post-secondary education. Now more than ever, it is vitally important for working adults to receive at least two years of post-secondary education or training. Whether that means receiving a certification from a technical school, finishing an associates or bachelor’s degree, or even going back to school complete a masters, post-secondary education and training is the key to being competitive for those jobs.
General Job Search
The Tulsa area Workforce Centers offer job seekers tremendous resources, including job search assistance, resume assistance, interviewing skills, on-the-job training, GED assistance and post-secondary education for qualified applicants. Click here to view the different Workforce Centers in our four-county area.
WorkInBrokenArrow.com is a project of the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation. Job Seekers can search for a wide range of jobs - from professional to production to retail - in the Tulsa metro's largest suburb, a community of 100,000 people and over 300 manufacturers.
LearnUp.com is a job training and placement platform for entry-level jobs. On the site, employers tell you what training you need for specific jobs. Job seekers who complete the training can get contacted directly by hiring managers for open positions.
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa
Goodwill's focus is to give a hand up to those with barriers to employment by creating jobs and helping those individuals find jobs in the community.
Goodwill's training programs allow individuals to gain the skills and confidence needed to attract better jobs for a brighter future. Learn Computer Essentials, Computer Office Applications, Corporate Customer Service, Fork Lift Operations, and Private Security.
If your only barrier to employment is needing help to find employment Goodwill's Job Connection program is open to the public and is ready to help.
The purpose of the Job-Hunt.Org Web site is to provide the most comprehensive listing of employer recruiting page links, the best Internet-accessible legitimate job-search resources and services on the Web, and the best and most up-to-date advice from genuine job search and career experts. From the beginning in 1998, the focus is on avoiding scams and protecting job seeker privacy.
Since 1998, Job-Hunt.org has been edited by online job search expert Susan P. Joyce, who is the primary writer and link chooser for Job-Hunt.
LearnHowToBecome.org is a new resource for students and job seekers who are looking for in-depth career information and guidance. LearnHowToBecome.org, a non-commercial organization, provides detailed insight into 45 of today's most popular career fields, including accounting, engineering, medical assisting, nursing, firefighting, financial advising and teaching.
Each career has its own customized "how-to" guide, which starts by addressing important questions such as 'What does a medical assistant do'? and 'What skills are needed to succeed'? The guide then dissects each of the educational and professional steps needed to enter the field, including coursework in high school, a college degree, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and professional exams and certifications.
For those interested in the bigger picture, each how-to guide also includes resources and tools specific to the career in focus:
- A directory of campus and online programs from accredited colleges and universities, related to the career;
- A tool comparing salaries in the profession across the U.S.;
- Salaries of closely related careers;
- Job growth information and data; and,
- Professional resources
MyNextMove.org is an interactive guide that allows job seekers to explore and help narrow their career choices. It is a project of the US Department of Labor.
OKCareerPlanner.org offers resources for exploring careers, training and for job search.
Tulsa Community College Career Finder
Free to the public, the Tulsa Community College Career Finder is an online guide to help you narrow your career choices. Click here to begin.
CareerOneStop.org is a one-stop for career success, sponsored by the US Department of Labor.
My Skills My Future
My Skills My Future is a career exploration site funded by the US Department of Labor.
OK CareerTech Career Clusters
Career Clusters link what students learn in school with the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education has developed instructional framework based on sixteen career clusters.
For descriptions of each cluster, career majors, and sample plans of study, click here.
For additional information on clusters, sample careers, and education needed, click here.
Monster Career Planning Tools
In addition to being a job search site, Monster has several new tools to help job seekers explore careers.
Career Mapping Tool - Allows job seekers to explore different career paths and the steps required for each career.
Career Benchmarking Tool - Allows job seekers to benchmark themselves against others in the same career.
Dream It Do It Northeast Oklahoma
Dream It Do It Northeast Oklahoma is an initiative that showcases the incredible career opportunities available in manufacturing to the emerging workforce. Dream It Do It works to change perceptions of manufacturing careers by connecting manufacturers with students, parents and educators to create an understanding of the manufacturing renaissance in the United States and salary opportunities over $60,000 for Oklahoma employees.
Key programming elements include classroom visits, internships, job shadows, educator and student tours, career fairs, collaborative training programs and an awareness campaign. Advantages of pursuing a career in manufacturing include a low threshold of entry, early advancement opportunities and early increases in salary levels compared to other industries.
U.S. Department of Labor - Find Your Path
Whether you are looking for a job or to grow your skills, there are federal resources available in your community. Go to Find Your Path to learn more.
Occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills are called Career Clusters. Using Onet Online, you can research occupations by Career Clusters.
Using Onet Online, students, parents, and educators can use Career Clusters to help focus education plans towards obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for success in a particular career pathway.
To view Onet Online, click here.
OK Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology Intern Partnerships
The R&D Faculty and Student Intern Partnerships program is a winning solution for Oklahoma’s undergraduate students, faculty who teach undergraduate students and Oklahoma's applied research and development facilities.
These partnerships improve the state's R&D base by supporting undergraduate student internships and undergraduate teaching faculty internships at Oklahoma R&D facilities, and by encouraging the students to prepare for careers at Oklahoma scientific and technical firms. The internships provide undergraduate students and faculty members increased experience with R&D in a workplace environment.
Funding for R&D Faculty and Student Intern Partnerships supports one- to two-year projects requiring a minimum of $10,000 per year and a maximum of $30,000 per year of OCAST funds. The required match shall be from non-state appropriated funds.
An undergraduate student or faculty member may intern for up to one year (i.e., 1.0 FTE for 12 months, 0.5 FTE over two years; or two summers at 1.0 FTE and the remaining divided over the academic years). The field of study – degree pursued or held –by the undergraduate student and/or faculty interns must be related to the field of use of the applied R&D performed. The degree pursued by the undergraduate student interns (or held by the faculty intern) must be in natural sciences, computer science, materials science, engineering, a biomedical/biotechnical area or in a support area related to building successful Oklahoma high-tech companies.
Youth (14 - 21 years old)
Broken Arrow Public Schools Career Exploration Program
Through the Broken Arrow Public Schools Career Exploration Program, local businesses hire school seniors as interns, allowing high school students to obtain work experience and add to their resumes.
Contact: Jo McCord, Broken Arrow Public Schools, 918.259.5716.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.
STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders -- the students of today -- must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.
STEM education programs like the one offered by PLTW engage students in activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. They're also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences.
Students, Parents & Guardians can learn more here.
Educators and Administrators can learn more here.
Tulsa's Young Professionals
Tulsa’s Young Professionals is the largest YP group in the nation, boasting an average of five new members each week. Join TYPros for free and reap the benefits of multiple free networking events, opportunities to serve on non-profit boards in Tulsa, meet potential employers and attend professional development events. Utilize the TYPros LinkedIn Group for job opportunities here.
For more information, contact Brian Paschal at email@example.com or 918.560.0286 or Shagah Zakerion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918.560.0260.
Seven Things You Need Before You Fill Out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, it’s important that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Read here about what you need in order to complete the form.
MyNextMove.org for Veterans
MyNextMove.org for Veterans is an interactive guide that allows veterans to explore and narrow their career choices. It's a project of the US Department of Labor.
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission offers substantial employment services to Veterans via specialized Veterans Representatives.
Eastgate Workforce Office (east Tulsa)
Phone (918) 796.1200 and ask for Stephen Whittaker (email@example.com), Ken Harbuck (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kelli Campbell (email@example.com).
Skyline Workforce Office (south Tulsa)
Phone (918) 384-2300 and ask for Brent Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sapulpa Workforce office
Phone (918) 224-9430 and ask for Robert Williams (email@example.com).
Created for Veterans, Businesses and Supporters of Veterans, ShowYourStrips.org offers job search and other resources for Veterans. The site is a project of Clear Channel Media & Entertainment.
Veteran Central is a nonprofit organization with a mission to Support U.S. Military service members and their families as they transition to new civilian lives and identities as Veterans.
Veteran Central invests donations in innovative programs, scholarships, and eCommunity development. They focus on impacting transition challenges positively at both macro and micro support levels across America.
Click here to learn about virtual work, get work or contribute.
National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory connects Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with those who support them.
CareerTech 4 Vets
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Careertech, CareerTech 4 Vets provides multiple resources for veterans, including benefits, certifications, discharge & education resources.
eBenefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.
GED & ESL Resources
Women in Recovery
The Women in Recovery program began in June 2009 as an alternative to incarceration program for women facing significant prison sentences in Tulsa County. WIR reduces the number of female receptions in Tulsa County by offering an alternative to incarceration for judges, district attorneys and public defenders, by combining strict supervision within a comprehensive day treatment format for women with substance abuse problems.
Participant requirements and programs include:
- Gender-responsive trauma informed substance abuse treatment and cognitive behavioral therapies
- Employment and vocational training
- Comprehensive individual and group treatment
- Family reunification/parent skill training
- Transitional safe and sober housing
- Intensive case management & basic needs
- Employment and vocational training
- Primary health and dental care
- Linkage to community recovery support groups
- Life skills, education, transportation, volunteerism
- Wellness and stress reduction
- Community integration
- Aftercare services post graduation
A woman is potentially eligible to enter WIR if she is 18 years of age or older, is involved in the criminal justice system and ineligible for other diversion services or courts, has a history or is at risk of substance abuse and is at imminent risk of incarceration. Women with children have a high priority for program admission. With more than 300 women sent to prison from Tulsa County in FY2010, the need for alternatives is crucial.
Tulsa Re-Entry One Stop
The Tulsa Reentry One-Stop is an employment and training program that helps men and women who are returning to the Tulsa community from prison. The program provides comprehensive employment services, including training, placement and retention services. The program helps with career training and job placement as well as assisting with the challenges and barriers that stand in the way of acquiring and maintaining a job. The program also offers education, support services and incentives, and life and career coaching -- all at one convenient location.
Center For Employment Opportunities
The Center for Employment Opportunities helps people who are under parole supervision find and keep jobs. The CEO program includes
- a 5-day pre-employment workshop;
- Resume & interview help from job coaches;
- Transitional employment;
- Job search and job matching assistance via job developers
- Up to $1,000 in rewards after placement.
To learn more, click here.
Federal Bonding Program
In 1966 the U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer.
Contact: David Slimp, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, firstname.lastname@example.org, (405) 557-5474
The Osage Nation Department of Education offers educational and training programs sponsored by tribal and federal funds. The federal programs include classroom training, summer youth, supportive services, career services, work experience, and Johnson O'Malley (JOM).
The tribal programs include higher education scholarship, Sylvan tutoring, on reservation tutoring, internship/externship, and youth outreach projects. The federal programs are open to all eligible Native Americans residing within Osage County. The tribal programs are offered to Osage tribal members located on and off the reservation.
Click here to learn more.
Transportation Resource Center
The Transportation Resource Center offers alternative transportation (walking, biking, or sharing a ride) for northeastern Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services expands opportunitiesfor employment and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success at work. Click here to learn about the many resources they offer for job seekers.
Vocational rehabilitation programs introduce or reinstate people with disabilities into the work force, creating taxpayers and reducing dependence on disability benefits and social assistance.
There are various paths a person may take to employment follow the links in this section to explore your options. To talk to someone directly call 800.487.4042 and follow the prompts to be routed to the office nearest you. - See more at: http://www.okrehab.org/seekers/index.htm#sthash.vdrTmlhr.dpuf
Job Transition Ministry and On-The-Job Training Workshop
Job Assistance Ministry
The Church at Battle Creek offers a Job Assistance Ministry on the 2nd & 3rd Sunday of every month. For more information, click here.
CareerOneStop.org is a one-stop for career success, sponsored by the US Department of Labor.
Child Care Resource Center
The Child Care Resource Center can conduct an in-depth, specialized search
to help you find childcare just right for you. Their degreed Referral Specialists will be happy to help you with your child care search. The Child Care Resource Center is a service of the Community Service Council.
The mission of Resume Help.org is to assist a job seeker with how to write a resume, distribute a resume, tips for interviewing, and numerous tools to get the perfect job. Resume Help.org was designed for everyone from the novice job hunter to the HR professional.
You may apply for Unemployment Insurance via the telephone or the Internet. To file over the Internet, go here. To file by telephone, call 1-800-555-1554 Claims may be filed by telephone only between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday (except for State holidays), and call volume on Mondays is higher than on any other day, so your wait time may be longer on Mondays.
For questions about Unemployment Insurance, click here.
Scholarships & Financial Assistance
Tulsa Area Manufacturers Association Scholarhsip
Students in manufacturing related programs at Oklahoma technical schools or colleges are invited to apply for TAMA Scholarships. Scholarships up to $750.00 are available. Applications must be submitted by March 15th for scholarships awarded for the following Fall Semester.
Eligibility to receive a TAMA scholarship requires that a student meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a student in good standing at an Oklahoma technical school or college and be accepted/enrolled for the fall semester, or be a High School Senior accepted to one of those institutions for the fall semester.
- Be enrolled in a manufacturing related degree or certificate program.
- Have a 3.0 grade point average, on a 4 point scale, in the previous 2 semesters (or an equivalent grade if the school uses a grading system other than a 4 point scale).
- Authorize TAMA to receive your transcript by signing the scholarship application .Ad some text.
- Have a 95% attendance record (excluding excused absences) in the current school year.
- Complete all questions on the scholarship application.
- Submit a written or video explanation of why you have chosen a career in manufacturing.
- Sign and date the completed application.
- Participate in an interview conducted by members of the TAMA scholarship committee.
To learn more, click here.
Scholarships2Success - Scholarships for Entrepreneurs
This NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program was established to raise awareness among the nation's youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Since 2003, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded over 2,300 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.5 million.
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating high school senior entering their freshman year at an accredited (not for profit) two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute. Applicants MUST be running their own small business in order to be considered for an award.
Diversity & Inclusion
A Council of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the primary focus of the Mosaic council is to create awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive business climate in our region. Mosaic seeks to leverage the region’s diversity to improve perceptions of our community and grow the economy. Ultimately, Mosaic wishes to catapult the Tulsa region into the forefront of diversity and inclusion through talent recruitment initiatives and business retention and expansion efforts.
Mission: Mosaic will educate, lead, and influence businesses on creating diverse and inclusive workforce cultures to enhance their competitive advantage.
Vision: Mosaic will catapult Tulsa into the forefront of diversity & inclusion leadership.
A great way to get involved with Mosaic is to participate on one of our committees: Business Services, Communications, Membership and Legislative. Click here for details.
YWCA Immigrant and Refugee Department offers immigration assistance, English as a Second Language classes, Project Citizenship, and Refugee Job Development. The Refugee Job Development program offers job assistance to refugee job seekers and their employers. Refugee employment services offered are job search assistance, basic job readiness, resume building, job referrals and placement, interpreting, employee paperwork assistance, and post-employment support.