Welcome!

News Feed Item

Okla. Gov. Fallin inspires new generation of America's workforce

OKMULGEE, Okla., April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin praised OSU Institute of Technology and its 197th graduating class Friday afternoon when she took the stage as commencement speaker at the spring graduation ceremony.

Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin addresses students at 2014 spring commencement at OSU Institute of Technology

"All of you believe in the power of education, which is why you are here. And you are right to believe in that, now more than ever," said Fallin, who also pointed out that 50 years ago, 80 percent of the country's jobs required only a high school diploma, and now that number has dropped to 35 percent.

"It was a different world. A more low-tech world, but the world has changed. It requires a faster, more skilled, more educated workforce. You are now part of that workforce. You won't be turning a lever on a factory floor 5,000 times a day. You're working in highly skilled careers that are truly amazing in their diversity."

The 228 graduates, 64 percent of whom graduated with honors, will soon start careers in engineering, automotive technology, electronics, watchmaking, nursing, heavy equipment maintenance, culinary arts, orthotics and prosthetics, visual arts and energy fields.

"What makes OSUIT unique in the state is the emphasis it places on practical learning environments," Fallin said. "Students learn by doing while using industry-caliber equipment and tools that make transitioning from classroom to career a seamless experience."

OSUIT President Dr. Bill R. Path said nearly 700 different businesses and industries partner with the university, and it's these relationships that make the university one of a kind in Oklahoma.

"At OSUIT, we feel that our job is not done when a student walks across this stage and receives a diploma. To us, student success is measured by how many graduates successfully enter the workforce," Path said.

"The graduates at OSUIT represent a new wave of citizens working hard to grow the state's economy and keeping it moving in the right direction," Fallin said.

"As your governor, I'm asked all the time: what can we do to reduce poverty? What can we do to bring more jobs and businesses to Oklahoma? What can we do to keep the ones we already have? What is the solution?" she said. "Well, here's the honest answer— you are."

Fallin also offered the graduates a few pieces of advice, including to give back to their community, wherever that might be, and that there's no limit to what they can accomplish.

"It won't always be an easy path to success; life will not always be perfect and there will be disappointments and setbacks, but always remember, setbacks are opportunities for comebacks."

About Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
OSU Institute of Technology is Oklahoma's only university of applied technology, offering accelerated degree programs -- including bachelor of technology degrees in civil engineering, instrumentation engineering, and information technologies and associates in applied science and associates in science – to students in 73 Oklahoma counties, 24 states and 16 countries. With more than 25 degree programs, OSUIT is known for its high academic standards, world-class teaching facilities, unique partnerships with business and industry, and one of the highest career placement rates in the region. For more information about OSUIT, call 918.293.4680 or 1.800.722.4471, or visit the web at www.osuit.edu.

CONTACT:
Eric Covey
918-293-5140
[email protected]

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140425/79225

SOURCE Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Existing Big Data solutions are mainly focused on the discovery and analysis of data. The solutions are scalable and highly available but tedious when swapping in and swapping out occurs in disarray and thrashing takes place. The resolution for thrashing through machine learning algorithms and support nomenclature is through simple techniques. Organizations that have been collecting large customer data are increasingly seeing the need to use the data for swapping in and out and thrashing occurs ...
Regardless of what business you’re in, it’s increasingly a software-driven business. Consumers’ rising expectations for connected digital and physical experiences are driving what some are calling the "Customer Experience Challenge.” In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Marco Morales, Director of Global Solutions at CollabNet, will discuss how organizations are increasingly adopting a discipline of Value Stream Mapping to ensure that the software they are producing is poised to o...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
For financial firms, the cloud is going to increasingly become a crucial part of dealing with customers over the next five years and beyond, particularly with the growing use and acceptance of virtual currencies. There are new data storage paradigms on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive financial data around the world without touching terrestrial networks. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Cliff Beek, President of Cloud Constellation Corporation, w...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that EARP Integration will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EARP Integration is a passionate software house. Since its inception in 2009 the company successfully delivers smart solutions for cities and factories that start their digital transformation. EARP provides bespoke solutions like, for example, advanced enterprise portals, business intelligence systems an...
IBM helps FinTechs and financial services companies build and monetize cognitive-enabled financial services apps quickly and at scale. Hosted on IBM Bluemix, IBM’s platform builds in customer insights, regulatory compliance analytics and security to help reduce development time and testing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Tom Eck, Industry Platforms CTO at IBM Cloud, will discuss how these tools simplify the time-consuming tasks of selection, mapping and data integration, allowing developers ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outscale, a global pure play Infrastructure as a Service provider and strategic partner of Dassault Systèmes, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2010, Outscale simplifies infrastructure complexities and boosts the business agility of its customers. Outscale delivers a secure, reliable and industrial strength solution for its customers, which in...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs oft...
Interested in leveling up on your Cloud Foundry skills? Join IBM for Cloud Foundry Days on June 7 at Cloud Expo New York at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Foundry Days is a free half day educational conference and networking event. Come find out why Cloud Foundry is the industry's fastest-growing and most adopted cloud application platform.
In order to meet the rapidly changing demands of today’s customers, companies are continually forced to redefine their business strategies in order to meet these needs, stay relevant and continue to see profitable growth. IoT deployment and development is integral in this transformation, and today businesses are increasingly seeing the value of investing their resources into IoT deployments. These technologies are able increase ROI through projects such as connecting supply chains or enabling sm...
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
As cloud adoption continues to transform business, today's global enterprises are challenged with managing a growing amount of information living outside of the data center. The rapid adoption of IoT and increasingly mobile workforce are exacerbating the problem. Ensuring secure data sharing and efficient backup poses capacity and bandwidth considerations as well as policy and regulatory compliance issues.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud computing technologies. Ge...
When NSA's digital armory was leaked, it was only a matter of time before the code was morphed into a ransom seeking worm. This talk, designed for C-level attendees, demonstrates a Live Hack of a virtual environment to show the ease in which any average user can leverage these tools and infiltrate their network environment. This session will include an overview of the Shadbrokers NSA leak situation.