Oklahoma Awarded $2 Million Grant For Career-Focused Education Initiatives

Jan 11, 2017

The Oklahoma State Department of Education will invest $2 million dollars in career development programs over the next three years. This money comes from a grant, funded by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

The U.S. economy is projected to produce millions of high-skill, well-paying jobs over the next decade, but more and more kids are graduating from high school unprepared for college or a career.

So JP Morgan Chase is pumping $20 million dollars in to ten states to change that. Oklahoma is one of those states.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says Oklahoma will use this money to implement individualized academic plans for kids, and increase the number of high school students concurrently earning college credit or career certifications.

"This will enable families to engage early with their own student’s academic strengths, needs and aspirations for the careers and jobs of the future and will equip schools to support that work."

As a recipient of the grant, the state Department of Education is tasked with bringing business and government leaders together to achieve these goals.

More details on the grant can be found here.