State Rep. Pat Ownbey today praised the governor’s signature of legislation that will allow more students to obtain trade-specific industry certifications.


 


Senate Bill 1056, au­thored by state Sen. Frank Simpson and state Rep. Pat Ownbey, would allow technology center school districts to establish pilot programs to increase the number of students obtaining trade-specific industry certifications. The dis­tricts would be able to spend general funds to cover the costs of trade-specific industry certification examinations and licenses related to the program of study if the students meet a set of criteria to be determined by the board.


State Rep. Pat Ownbey today praised the governor’s signature of legislation that will allow more students to obtain trade-specific industry certifications.

 

Senate Bill 1056, au­thored by state Sen. Frank Simpson and state Rep. Pat Ownbey, would allow technology center school districts to establish pilot programs to increase the number of students obtaining trade-specific industry certifications. The dis­tricts would be able to spend general funds to cover the costs of trade-specific industry certification examinations and licenses related to the program of study if the students meet a set of criteria to be determined by the board.

 

“I was pleased by the governor’s sup­port of this legislation that will allow our local career technology centers to increase the number of certifications they are providing for Oklahomans," said Ownbey, R-Ardmore. "These certifications will help my constituents get jobs. It's very good news." Ownbey said Dr. David Powell of the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center was responsible for the idea behind the legislation.

 

"I would like to thank Dr. David Powell for his contribution to this legislation; it was his plan that we moved through the legislative process," Ownbey said.

 

"It's all about the students, all about economic development and the strengths of business in Oklahoma," Powell said. "And to have a third-party certification is more reputable." The legislation will take effect July 1.