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July 27th, 2017 | Posted in COWIB

COWIB’s 4-Year Local Plan Approved

The Workforce Development Plan for Central Oklahoma

On July 24th, Richard Brown (COWIB Chair) and Melissa Dennis (BCEO Chair) received official notification that the 4-Year Local Plan for the Central Oklahoma workforce area has been approved. The notification came in a message from the Workforce System Oversight Committee of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development.

The message states, in part:

“Dear Central Area Leadership:

“We are honored to notify you that your Central local area plan has been reviewed by our Systems Oversight Committee. The Workforce System Oversight Committee of the Governor’s Council would like to inform you your local plan has met all the criteria and requirements set forth in the Guidance.“

COWIB’s Revised Plan and Supplemental Description

A copy of the Central Oklahoma 4-Year Local Plan can be downloaded as a PDF document (approximately 7 MB) here:


The plan is 205 pages in length (with attachments).

At the request of the Workforce System Oversight Committee, COWIB provided a Supplemental Description to accompany our 4-Year Local Plan. To review a copy of the Supplemental Description, click here:


This supplemental item was sent to the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development on July 10, 2017.

Workforce Plan Development

The Plan describes the local workforce development system for our 9-county area – including a description of how the system will coordinate with regional economic development activities, One-Stop Partners, and Oklahoma’s Unified State Plan.

The 4-Year Plan was developed with input from board members, elected officials, American Job Center partners, and the public.

Central Oklahoma’s American Job Center Partners

American Job Center partners from more than two dozen agencies and programs participated in the development of the plan. Partners include: Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Native American WIOA programs, Senior Community Service Employment programs, community action agencies, and more.

The 4-Year Local Plan went into effect on July 1, 2017.

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