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WASHINGTON – Governor Mary Fallin is at our nation’s Capitol to share her efforts in education and training for tomorrow’s jobs with the National Press Club.

The governor said the initiative will focus on improving state education and workforce training and aligning those with the needs of each state’s economy.

“Preparing our workforce to keep pace and remain competitive is an issue that calls for national attention and demands gubernatorial leadership,” Gov. Fallin said. “Our future economic security will require significant improvements to our education system and workforce training programs. It will also require closer relationships among our high schools, colleges, career-tech programs, workforce training providers and employers.”

According to Gov. Fallin, about 40 percent of jobs are available to high school graduates and more than two-thirds of those jobs pay less than $25,000 a year.

“Our goals moving forward are clear,” Gov. Fallin said. “First, get more students to meet higher standards by the end of high school. Second, create opportunities for them, and returning adults, to successfully complete a degree or career-training program to pave their path to a well-paying job.”

Gov. Fallin also announced three regional summits: two this fall in Connecticut and New Mexico, and one in the spring in Oklahoma City.

“These efforts will engage education, business and government leaders in a dialogue about the actions governors can take to more closely align these systems to better prepare our young people,” Gov. Fallin said. “Our economic security depends on it.”