Discover the difference of powerful alignment and collaboration.
In Durant, your workforce team is an unequaled asset thanks to workforce development that begins early and starts with the critical difference of true foundational quality. Durant’s K-12 schools boast a high school graduation rate above 98% and a high school career tech participation exceeding 71%. Also, Durant high school students can complete dual enrollment courses at no cost, giving them a head start in higher education or immediate employment.
The difference of a dual-powered, well-aligned talent pipeline. The presence of a highly respected technical center and a leading four-year university right here in Durant provides our workforce—and your enterprise—another significant edge. Since opening its doors in Durant more than 20 years ago, Kiamichi Technology Center has steadily expanded its program offerings, which now include aligned course offerings in Business and Information Technology, Computer and Networking Technology, Culinary Arts, and Welding Technology. And at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU), students can earn associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in 60 different programs, ranging from general liberal arts and sciences to technical and industry-specific programs such as aviation management. At SOSU, students reap the benefits of innovative pedagogy and course design. One notable example—intensive coursework allows aviation management majors to graduate with 1,000 hours rather than 1,500, enabling them to complete their degrees in less time and for less money.
Simpler workforce access: Oklahoma Works American Jobs Center in Durant helps potential employees step up and step into a productive workforce with a wide range of services that benefit both workers and employers, including skills assessment and job placement with OKJobs.
No-cost custom training through TIP: For qualified projects, no-cost custom training is available through Kiamichi Technology Center’s Business and Industry Services Division with funding from TIP, Oklahoma’s Training for Industry Program. Experienced industry professionals collaborate closely with the enterprise client to design training tailored to specific needs, then deliver the training in a custom time frame—whether 5 or 10 weeks in length, or a half-day to two weeks—and in the optimum location, whether in the classroom or on the shop floor. Training is hands-on, engaging, and conducted with technology and equipment that mirror operational settings. Low-cost incumbent worker training (IWT) is also available, helping companies maintain peak competitiveness through custom up-skilling at modest costs.