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OSUIT graduates ready to embark on careers

OKMULGEE — A man who has helped nearly 375,000 people in Oklahoma find work since 1983 addressed the 202nd graduating class of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology during a ceremony Friday.

Bob Funk, founder and CEO of Express Employment Professionals, was commencement speaker for the ceremony on the OSUIT campus.

“I truly love seeing people of all ages launch their careers, begin businesses and embark on new endeavors,” he told the more than 240 graduates and their families and friends.

“Some of the best paying and most in-demand jobs in Oklahoma and throughout America are in your chosen fields of engineering, information technology, nursing, heavy equipment technicians, construction technology, automotive, graphic design, culinary arts and more,” he said. “I’m excited about the professions you’ve chosen and know that you have a tremendously bright future.”

OSUIT provides career readiness through an education enhanced by industry and business leaders who invest in and grow the workforce of tomorrow.

Many of the skilled and technical professions the graduates are trained to do are the exact positions companies are looking for, Funk said.

“We’re facing a skills gap in Oklahoma and America. On any given day at Express Employment Professionals, we have more than 40,000 jobs openings throughout North America,” he said.

K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›