University of Oklahoma Secures $80M Contract to Train USPS Employees

June 10, 2024
NORMAN, OKLA. – The University of Oklahoma has been awarded a nearly $80 million contract by the United States Postal Service to deliver high-quality, high-impact training services to its employees. Under the guidance of Belinda Biscoe, senior associate vice president for University Outreach and the College of Continuing Education, this project will ensure that USPS employees are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties effectively.

“We are immensely proud to embark on this transformative initiative with the United States Postal Service,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “At the University of Oklahoma, we understand the vital role workforce development plays in driving innovation and efficiency. This project underscores our commitment to empowering individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an ever-evolving workplace.”

The proposal put forth by the OU team, which includes leaders from both the OU Norman campus and OU Health Sciences, was recognized as the top technical proposal received by the USPS.

“At the College of Continuing Education, we truly believe that education is a lifelong learning process that allows individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals,” Biscoe said. “Throughout this project, we will help reskill, upskill and train postal employees from across the United States.”

The University of Oklahoma will onboard over 100 new employees from the National Center for Employment Development, many of whom are former postal workers or military personnel, to help train USPS employees.

“Regardless of what position a USPS employee holds, the training employees receive will also help enhance operational efficiency and reduce the potential for errors or accidents,” Biscoe said. “As a college dedicated to promoting a culture of life-long learning, we’re committed to delivering measurable results and driving positive impact for the United States Postal Service and its employees.”

Learn more about OU’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Source: OU News

6 thoughts on “University of Oklahoma Secures $80M Contract to Train USPS Employees

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Amarillo Local 114
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    So they abolished P&DC’s across the country to employ non-postal workers to train postal workers. Makes perfect postal sense. And they keep saying we have no money for overtime, supplies, or staffing.

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Missouri Postal Workers Union
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    Who are they going to train? Sounds like train the trainer to me. But it doesn’t matter what they are trained, because as soon as the employee returns to his/her office and tells their manager what they learned, They will be told… nope we aren’t going to do that… rarely do they want to learn anything that contradicts what they want to do, implement, or believe. That’s why it you haven’t noticed you will see each management is more clueless than the one above. That way they can’t outshine their superior.

  3. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Arlington,Tx Branch 2309
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    Safety ambassador and OJT
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    I want to be a part of the teaching. I’m still employed and things are forever changing.

  4. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Branch 56
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    Steward-7 Years (retired)
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    $80 million to explain to Management Futures to read and understand the ELM and M-40. Maybe even READ the National Contracts. This is a ridiculous expenditure. We have had training sessions with management members for years, they do what they want and pay grievances later. They have ZERO pride in the completion of the job, but do like those bonus checks!! They understand very little about respect but do understand the pressures of having their paperwork in on time! This is very strange after so many Station Managers and staff have attended training in Atlanta over the past year and nothing has changed!

  5. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Office held, if any
    Multiple crafts
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    Cultural diversity and inclusion is needed. Interpersonal Communication skills, public speaking, effective communication and collaboration. Discrimination laws and definitions.

  6. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Atlanta Metro Area Local 32
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    Dir. R&E
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    Can they start with people skills and toxic and hostile work environment avoidance, and conflict resolution training for management?

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