ADA — Dr. Rick Wetherill, Dean of East Central University’s School of Graduate Studies and director of continuing education and community services, has received a Governor’s Commendation for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the Southern Workforce Board’s workforce development initiatives.
The Southern Workforce Board is industry driven with the goal of implementing the strategic process that aligns workforce with economic development in partnership with the community in order to maximize opportunities and address needs.
Wetherill has been a member of the Southern Workforce Board for six years and serves on its Strategic Planning Committee.
He is the lead for the Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Training Consortium. The consortium received a $255,840 grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The “Oklahoma Green” grant is being used to train up to 200 workers for jobs in energy-efficiency and renewable-energy occupations. The free courses are being offered in Ada and soon will be offered in Ardmore and Durant.
Also receiving commendations were Kathy Hendrick of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Center for Regional Economic Development, Donnalla Miller of Big Lots Distribution Center and Chuck Blehm of Michelin North America.
Keith Buelow of Holcim (US) Inc. in Ada is the Southern Workforce Board Chairman.