NW HIRES (Helping Individuals Reach Employment Success)

The NwOA Workforce and Education subcommittee originated out of a need to ensure that our students and employees have the skills needed to work in the businesses of NW Oklahoma.  A workgroup of our education facilities and employers began discussing the issues and in early 2016 NW HIRES was born. The mission of the organization is to connect employers, workforce, and educators and to amplify employment and educational opportunities in Northwest Oklahoma. 


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What is Oklahoma Career Expo Week?

This week-long event connects students with businesses to give our future talent an opportunity to explore the possibilities that await them in Oklahoma. Events during Career Expo Week allow local employers to showcase career opportunities to inspire and recruit new talent.

Career Expo Week is designed to:

Introduce people to careers in businesses and industries available in Northwest Oklahoma; Empower businesses and industries to engage with educators, students, parents, and others about career opportunities; Change misconceptions of occupations and industries in our region.

We are asking businesses throughout Northwest Oklahoma to partner with their local schools to provide opportunities for students to experience career options either on the business site or in the classroom.

Students, parents, educators, non-profit executives, government and business leaders are welcome to participate in events throughout the week. Sponsored events for Career Expo Week include activities targeted to students in K-12 and beyond, such as hosting on-site job shadow experiences and industry tours, promoting internships or apprenticeships, participating in classroom presentations or project-based learning, and more.

Planning Resources: 
Career Expo Planning Guide

Posters for Career Expo Week:

Discover Dream Explore poster

Plan Your Next Move poster

Event Registration:

Register an event. Events should be registered on this site and can be marked as public or invitation-only events. We will assist in promoting registered events.

Sponsor an event. Sponsorship helps provide travel stipends/scholarships, host employer engagement events, provide work-based learning training workshops, provide outreach to businesses and schools, and promote events statewide.





This document was published in January of 2018 to record the activities to date of the NW HIRES committee.   NW HIRES 2018 Update











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