Oklahoma’s career readiness work began prior to the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant through the state’s Oklahoma Works initiative. During the first phase of NSFY, the Oklahoma team was able to build on this existing work to create new plans for expanding access statewide to high-quality career readiness systems. Much of Oklahoma’s strategy involved intensive stakeholder engagement including representation from rural and Native American student populations.
Phase One of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s New Skills for Youth grant extended from May to October 2016. With bold visions for improving career readiness in K-12 education, each Phase One state spent the grant period performing a diagnostic assessment of their career preparation system and preparing for implementation of a new action plan. This snapshot describes Oklahoma’s experience and progress in Phase One, including promising practices and innovations. Additional snapshots from other Phase One New Skills for Youth states are available here.