Claremore Daily Progress

Our View

October 15, 2012

Advancing aerospace

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma continues to be a global leader in the aerospace industry.  Companies from across the nation and the world are consistently calling Oklahoma home.  

The factors that draw aerospace companies to Oklahoma are not just our cost of living and business friendly climate, but also the quality reputation our state has in the aerospace industry.
As Vice Chair of the national Aerospace States Association, I have worked to actively engage in promoting our state’s aerospace industry.  
The ASA exists to support aerospace industry and aviation in America based on the belief that a strong aerospace industry equals a strong economy and a strong America.  
This month I had the opportunity to serve on a panel at the Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Summit in Ft. Worth, along with fellow Lt. Governors, where we discussed states roles in aerospace workforce development, education and enabling business growth.  
I was able to share the Oklahoma story and show our success and what makes us an aerospace and aviation destination.  Oklahoma’s aerospace industry already supports over 1,200 aerospace related companies. 
The Oklahoma aerospace industrial output exceeds $12.5 billion annually, including exports of $4.4 billion to 170 countries. 
One key ingredient in making Oklahoma an aerospace success story is Oklahoma’s CareerTech system.  Developing an educated workforce is critical to having an effective and an exceptional workforce. CareerTech provides education and training opportunities beginning in the 5th grade and continuing up through adulthood.  
With 57 state-of-the-art technology centers across the state, Oklahoma’s acclaimed Training for Industry Program helps aerospace companies by creating a customized workforce that is ready for operations from opening day. 
With a talented, existing aerospace workforce, the Oklahoma aerospace industry is assured a proficient labor force for years to come.
Specifically, the Metro Technology Centers (MTC) offer 47 courses with emphasis on structural electronics and other aviation disciplines.  

Text Only
Our View
  • Burrage, Sean.jpg Senate Review

    I can’t imagine that there would be very many politicians who would say they didn’t think public education was important.  I’m sure if you polled the legislature, 100 percent would say it’s a top priority.  But it’s one thing to talk the talk—it’s another to walk the walk.  

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sherrerBenweb.jpg Public Education:  The vine must be watered

    Monday’s rally for public education was the single most exciting event I’ve had the opportunity to experience in my 10 years in the legislature.  

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burrage, sean.tiff Senate review by Sean Burrage

    Hailey Mathis is studying political science and history at the University of Oklahoma. She’s one of a very select group of college students each year who have the opportunity to learn about government and public service through an internship at the State Senate.  

    April 4, 2011 1 Photo

  • Kim Dabney Autistic in Oklahoma

    Since the 1970’s, April hosts Autism Awareness Month to highlight the fastest growing epidemics of our time. Just last week, the Center for Disease Control announced a startling statistic, 1 in 68 children are suffering with autism.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kim Dabney Autism awareness did not save Avonte

    Every April since the 1970’s due to an abruptly rising condition in children across the country, we observe Autism Awareness Month.  According to government figures, the rapid increase in autism, unheard of prior to the 1940’s, skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 children to the latest estimates of 1 in 68.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Randy Cowling John D. Williams: Claremore’s Progressive Citizen of the Year

    There are few opportunities to make choices that will guide the future direction of our lives, let alone the impact on our community.

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • sherrerBenweb.jpg Education Rally: All about accountability

    The education rally planned at the State Capitol on March 31 is needed to focus public attention on the crises our public schools are experiencing.  

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 9.10-burrage,-sean-2007-0105.jpg Senate Review

    If you were raising children in the 1950’s or before, you had a tremendous fear that never crosses the mind of parents today—polio.  At its worst, the disease could cause permanent muscle paralysis and even death.  1952 was considered the height of the polio epidemic, with more than 60,000 cases and 3,000 deaths reported in the United States.

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • BAILEYDABNEY8-2009.tif Markwayne Mullin, Citizen Legislator

    When our nation’s Founding Fathers deliberated the governmental structure for this great nation, they clearly intended to populate Congress with citizen legislators. James Madison described the ideal representative as one “called for the most part from pursuits of a private nature and continued in appointment for a short period of office.”

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Sheriff speaks out

    In a recent edition of the weekly Oologah Lake Leader, which I will never respect again, its owner, John Wylie crossed yet another line of integrity. He repeatedly accused the late Mickey Perry of being a dirty cop

    March 9, 2014