Oklahoma's Colleges, Universities Look To New Tools To Gauge Industry Demand

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Two years ago, it was impossible to major in leisure services at Oklahoma City Community College.

Now, nine students are majoring in the program.

The program is one of the newest at OCCC, said Susan Tabor, dean of the college's social sciences division. It can lead students to a range of careers, including the hotel and restaurant industry, as well as jobs aboard cruise ships, she said. The college began offering courses in the program two years ago, in response to industry demand.

“I'm really rather pleased with the involvement,” she said.

As Oklahoma struggles to produce enough qualified workers to keep pace with industry demands, higher education institutions across the state are looking at new tools to help gauge hiring trends and tailor their course offerings to those trends more quickly.

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