Local Leaders Speak on State of Education

In our Focus on Education, local leaders are considering challenges and successes of our schools.

The Metro Chamber held it's annual State of Education luncheon, honoring Dr. Tom McKeon, President of Tulsa Community College.While there, we wanted to know about the economic impact of schools, since it's Chamber's job to sell Tulsa to new companies.Low achievement is one issue, but many are also celebrating.

For example, the Tulsa Achieves program provides more than 60-hours of college credit to high school graduates.

That is one positive way education is impacting Tulsa.

"The research will tell you that property values increase, our employers are certainly happier. When nationally, we are dealing with a skills and workforce shortage, we need to be growing and educating our own citizens, to fill those jobs. So we are directly benefiting," said Brian Paschal, who is Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce, for the Metro Chamber.In a national competition with 57-cities, Tulsa ranks 14th for college attendance.