Marano Fellows Class of 2012

Name: Mark Hays

Manager of Workforce and Economic Development, Economic Development & Training Center


Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Location: Okmulgee, OK
Industry Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Type of Organization: Applied technology public university

Organizational Background & Mission: OSU Institute of Technology’s mission is to serve as the lead institution of higher education in Oklahoma and the region providing comprehensive, high-quality, advancing technology programs and services to prepare and sustain a diverse student body as competitive members of a world-class workforce and contributing members of society.

Interest in Sector Work: Through the Economic Development & Training Center, OSUIT works with manufacturers and workers across Oklahoma to develop customized training to increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Manufacturing accounts for 10% of Oklahoma’s employment with wages that pay significantly above the state per capita income. Advanced manufacturing generates new economic growth in the state and keeps Oklahoma dollars at home. A lack of skilled workers has forced some manufacturers to move work to other states or offshore. Our work in the Economic Development & Training Center is focused on increasing the technical skills of the incumbent workforce, as well as working with OSUIT’s Manufacturing Technology program to assure that entry-level workers have the necessary skills to be productive from their first day of employment. The Center also conducts youth and teacher academies to introduce the K-12 system to Oklahoma’s advanced manufacturing industry. We are also actively involved in providing training in quality management systems for manufacturers so they are able to acquire government contracts and compete for global business.