DirectComplete

Workforce Partners

Our partners help ensure the future of Oklahoma’s workforce by providing scholarships or other financial assistance to adults finishing a degree in occupations critical to Oklahoma’s future.

Reach Higher: DirectComplete is a statewide degree completion program focused on degree programs associated with workforce development needs according to Oklahoma's 100 Critical Occupations list. This program is part of Oklahoma’s adult degree completion initiative, Reach Higher.

According to Oklahoma Works data, in 2014, only 40.1% of Oklahoma’s workforce had a degree, certificate or high quality-credential. However, projections show that 70% of Oklahoma’s jobs will require some education or training beyond high school by 2025.

Oklahoma's Critical Occupations

According to Oklahoma Works data, in 2014, only 40.1% of Oklahoma’s workforce had a degree, certificate or high quality-credential. However, projections show that 70% of Oklahoma’s jobs will require some education or training beyond high school by 2025.

To address this skills gap, the state has set an ambitious goal of having 70% of Oklahoma’s workforce aged 24-65 obtain education or training beyond high school by 2025, including postsecondary degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials. To help Oklahomans reach their education goals, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has joined forces with Launch Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will secure funding to cover most, if not all, educational costs for participating adult students. Additional funding will be leveraged from multiple sources, including:

Business partners

Native American education offices

State agencies

State colleges and universities

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Qualifying
Degree Programs

Qualifying Degree Programs are degree programs connected with workforce development needs that align with “Oklahoma’s 100 Critical Occupations” list.

Search our Participating Institutions pages to find a degree program that connects to a critical occupation. Search our Partners page to find contributing businesses and organizations.

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Business Partners
and Partnering Agencies

Business partners and partnering agencies can help ensure the future of Oklahoma’s workforce by providing scholarships or other financial assistance to adults willing to finish an associate or bachelor’s degree in a critical occupation.

Our partners represent diverse communities and show how Oklahomans work together to create a rich and productive economy in our state.

Oklahoma's Critical Occupations List

Dental Hygienists Associate
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Associate
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians Associate
Geological and Petroleum Technicians Associate
Industrial Engineering Technicians Associate
Registered Nurses Associate
Computer Network Support Specialists Associate
Civil Engineering Technicians Associate
Mechanical Engineering Technicians Associate
Respiratory Therapists Associate
Radiologic Technologists Associate
Web Developers Associate
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health Associate
Chemical Technicians Associate
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Associate
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Associate
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Associate
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Bachelor's
Petroleum Engineers Bachelor's
Architectural and Engineering Managers Bachelor's
Computer and Information Systems Managers Bachelor's
Industrial Production Managers Bachelor's
Aerospace Engineers Bachelor's
Financial Managers Bachelor's
Electrical Engineers Bachelor's
Mechanical Engineers Bachelor's
Environmental Engineers Bachelor's
General and Operations Managers Bachelor's
Medical and Health Services Managers Bachelor's
Software Developers, Applications Bachelor's
Civil Engineers Bachelor's
Logisticians Bachelor's
Computer Systems Analysts Bachelor's
Software Developers, Systems Software Bachelor's
Personal Financial Advisors Bachelor's
Database Administrators Bachelor's
Financial Analysts Bachelor's
Management Analysts Bachelor's
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists Bachelor's
Network and Computer Systems Administrators Bachelor's
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health Bachelor's
Operations Research Analysts Bachelor's
Information Security Analysts Bachelor's
Accountants and Auditors Bachelor's
Loan Officers Bachelor's
Cost Estimators Bachelor's
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Bachelor's
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products Bachelor's
Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products Bachelor's
Credit Analysts Bachelor's
Dietitians and Nutritionists Bachelor's
Training and Development Specialists Bachelor's
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Bachelor's
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School Bachelor's
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education Bachelor's