Oklahoma House study to focus on workforce development


Two Oklahoma legislators want to examine workforce development in the state, especially taking a look at students with a disability and vocational rehabilitation in rural and urban schools.

Reps. Ellyn Hefner of Oklahoma City and Jared Deck of Norman, both Democrats, plan to do so at an interim study Wednesday before the House Common Education Committee.

IS23-082 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4th, in Room 206 at the State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd.

“Developing career pathways specifically for adults and youth with disabilities is critical to help hire and retain employees with disabilities. Having a job provides financial stability, independence, social purpose, community, and a sense of identity for people with disabilities just the same as it does for those who don’t have a disability. Part of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ role is to help employers and the community understand the services and support they can give” said Rep. Ellyn Hefner.

The study is open to the public and will be live-streamed at www.okhouse.gov.