OESC expands access with Alva office


OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) is expanding access to its services with over a dozen new outreach office locations.

OESC says its new Community Outreach Service Model (COSM) started its first pilot location in 2022 by placing an OESC staff member inside north Tulsa’s Oasis Fresh Market two days a week.

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The agency has since added 13 additional locations, mostly in local libraries and technology centers.

“We’re really excited about this new model and the reach it will have as we continue establishing new partnerships. Workforce is a team sport, and co-locating enables our staff to customize efforts based on the outcomes we want to see,” said OESC Chief Executive Officer, Trae Rahill. “It should be easier for individuals and companies to do business with us, and adequate access is part of our customer service equation. People don’t always have the means to drive out of town for help, so we figure we’ll go to them. This model builds closer relationships with employers, closer to where staff lives, and it does so without adding any agency personnel or real estate expense.”

One of the COSM centers will be at Northwest Technology Center, 1801 S. 11th St., Alva, on Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

OESC says the agency will continue to gather data and track its progress, with hopes to continue expanding services in communities across Oklahoma.

(Ed. note: OESC services include unemployment benefit applications, job fairs, workplace law complaints, and employment and training programs, according to their website (https://oklahoma.gov/oesc.html).


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