The mission of OK2Grow is to facilitate the development of Oklahoma’s future workforce by creating awareness of careers and promoting pathways that build confidence and excitement for workplace success.
OK2Grow began with three business people: the late Larry Mocha, Lynda Wingo and Jerry Holder. As business owners, they became concerned with the quality of applicants approaching them for jobs from the public school system. The applicants lacked basic math and reading skills and were unable to complete an application correctly. Mocha, Wingo and Holder found that other small businesses shared the sentiment, and they felt compelled to act.
The trio’s concerns produced the 2011 Governor’s Conference on Small Business, and they brought businesses and organizations from across the state to join them for workshops and seminars addressing small business issues. With the surplus funds from the conference, they created a 501©3 called OK2Grow with the mission of creating collaboration between the education system and business. OK2Grow is the umbrella for three initiatives to address these issues:
Dream It Do It Oklahoma: the next generation of makers, builders and manufacturing.
For more information, visit www.ok2grow.org.