- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says partnerships between businesses and public schools can improve educational attainment in the state.

In her State of the State address Monday, Fallin said Oklahoma’s workforce is not meeting the education levels needed to sustain job growth.

Fallin says in five years, studies predict only 23 percent of Oklahoma jobs will be available to those who have a high school degree or less. Today, Fallin says, 46 percent of the working population fits that description.

Fallin says lawmakers should help strengthen partnerships between businesses and local schools where students can dual track their education and work skills.

Fallin highlighted a collaborative effort between the Mid-America Industrial Park in Pryor and Mayes County schools exposes students to the job and career options available to them after graduation.



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