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Gov. Fallin joins President Trump for signing of executive order on apprenticeships

Gov. Fallin joins President Trump and others prior to the signing of an executive order on apprenticeships June 15 at The White House. (Courtesy Gov. Fallin)

Governor Mary Fallin joined lawmakers, dignitaries and apprentices Thursday at The White House as President Trump signed an executive order on apprenticeships.

Fallin said the directive ties closely to her Oklahoma Works initiative.

“Aligning our education and workforce training programs to provide relevant work skills will be the best way to keep job growth strong.” Fallin said. "I appreciate President Trump’s leadership and commitment to education and workforce issues, and his executive order to make policy changes that encourage more apprenticeship programs."

Fallin launched Oklahoma Works in 2015. The program works to ensure students are being educated for "high-quality, high-paying jobs" the state wants.

Trump said his order would empower companies, industry groups and unions to “go out and create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens”.

The governor was one of seven on hand for the signing.

"It was gratifying the president and his Cabinet recognized Oklahoma as a leading state in workforce initiatives.”

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