The initiative will engage industry employers, employees, educators and students in Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers and Washington Counties to develop a plan that is responsive to current and future workforce needs in the seven-county area.

CLAREMORE - The Northeast Workforce Development Board (NEWDB) is partnering with Cross Sector Innovations and area health care professionals to ensure a strong, well-prepared workforce providing quality care and services in Northeast Oklahoma.

The NEWDB received a grant from the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development to support the design and implementation of innovative strategies that meet the employment needs of health care industry businesses and job seekers, including the alignment of education and training opportunities with in-demand occupations.

The NEWDB will engage industry employers, employees, educators and students in Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers and Washington Counties to develop a plan that is responsive to current and future workforce needs in the seven-county area. An advisory council will be created to oversee planning and implementation.

“We are working with health care professional and educators in the area to bring together resources from different sectors. We know there is a need and desire to grow our own workforce locally and provide more opportunities for education, training and employment that may seem out of reach for some,” said Michelle Bish, executive director of the Northeast Workforce Development Board. “We are excited to invest resources in our communities that help both job seekers and employers.”

Cross Sector will facilitate planning and design sessions in partnership with the NEWDB. “We are excited about the example set by the NEWDB as they leverage public and private resources for greater impact and benefit to the communities they serve,” said Ed Long, founder and principal of Cross Sector. “These types of partnerships allow for greater innovation and more efficient use of resources. It is an honor to support the work of the NEWDB.”

Dates will soon be announced for planning sessions, and the NEWDB welcomes input from across the health care industry. To learn more about this initiative or to get involved, please contact Michelle Bish at 918-907-0902 or Michelle.Bish@northeastworkforceboard.com.