REMOTE WORKIn today’s climate remote work is a viable and reliable way to grow your career while living in the city you want to live in. In Ponca City we have a lot of resources to help you set up your remote work
The Link is a coworking space. Coworking spaces features offices, shared tables, individual desks or other working environments that people use to work. Coworkers come from a variety of backgrounds, but generarlly are self-employed or working for different employers, sometimes remotely. Coworking allows them to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge.
The City of Ponca City and it’s forward thinking staff and elected officials have begun and implemented a Fiber to Home initiative where you can now not only get fiber optics internet to your business, but also to your home. This reliable, ultra-high speed and capacity internet can really make or break your home office.
remote work employmentMake sure you understand what type of employment is being offered. Many work at home jobs treat their workers as contractors which means that you will get a 1099-MISC form and the company does not withhold state or federal taxes nor are they reporting compensation to the social security administration which you are then required to do on your own. If you are hired as an employee, you will receive a W-2 and taxes will be withheld and reported as expected with a typical job. Additionally, many contractors will pay you by the minute, piece, or phone call and will not pay for idle time in between paid transactions. As an employee you will be paid by the hour at a rate never lower than the state minimum wage.
Before seeking to work remotely make sure you have the right setup in your home or a co-working space to ensure you are successful. Working from your couch or the kitchen table may sound appealing but without the right setup you will quickly become fatigued and will also be less efficient. Make sure you have a desk in a quiet area, with a comfortable office chair and your setup is ergonomically correct. Depending on the type of work you are doing you may also want to consider upgrading your internet package so that you have enough bandwidth to join video conferences without the frustration of technical issues or lag.
Things to look for when applying for jobs is travel:
- Many companies require travel, some more than others. Many companies understand that when you are remote you can accomplish pretty much everything you need from your location, whereas others find it important to travel to the client site.
- It is important to set a work schedule as it is very easy to never shut work off when your desk is right around the corner. Working from home does give you that ability to have flexible hours however it is important to know when to shut it down for the day.
- Stay social, it is very easy to become a hermit and never leave your home!
Where to look for remote work:
THE LINK Coworking SPACECollaboration is the name of the game, whether it’s finding a consultant or marketing guru to help you, or it’s bouncing ideas off each other, or just encouraging those around you – a co-working center like the Link offers all these things. There are many plug and play areas to work from depending on your work style fully equipped with internet, printers and workstations available to rent for the day, week or month.
K-12 EducationPONCA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL
SUPERINTENDENT - Shelley Arrott
2019 Enrollment - 4,867
PHONE - (580) 767-8000Ponca City Public Schools is committed to training our next generation of workforce to be ready for what is in front of them. In addition to being a 6A class for sports, having state of the art facilities for sports (pic of football field), and for music (pic of inside of the performing arts center), they are also using tools like the Wildcat Internships to gain real world experience. The Wildcat Way is pervasive in everything that PCPS puts on. Our statewide program Individual Career Academic Plan (or ICAP) helps students starting in 8th grade do career planning with many tools, and an individualized plan to guide students through choosing an educational experience that will best serve their future plans. We partner in this is through many student workforce development programs – growing our own (link to Ponca Works Page on this.)
HIGHER EDUCATION OPTIONSPioneer Technology CenterSince Oklahoma’s inception, literally written into our state constitution, vocational training has been a foundational value. It was not until 1964 that it began to look as it does today, with Francis Tuttle at the helm. Now Oklahoma has 29 Technology Centers with 58 campuses across the state to meet the needs of the local workforce. Training for area specific certificates and skills. Pioneer Tech is our local branch who works chooses their programming based on gap analysis in the workforce, and always has waiting lists for their state-of-the-art programs. While adults are welcome to attend for a fee, juniors and seniors can attend these programs for half days while in school for no charge. University Center at Ponca CityA micropolitan community like Ponca City cannot support a large university, but it is important for our local workforce to be able to earn a quality degree in town. People like the moms whose kids are going to school here, or people earning their degree while working at their careers. The University Center in Ponca City offers a unique experience of interactive classroom technology to have the in-person experience with universities across the state. Dozens of associates, bachelors, and master’s degree programs are offered as well as a dedicated onsite nursing instructor from NWOSU. The UC is also involved with future workforce through their maker spaces full of VR technology, 3D printers, and robotic classes.Northern Oklahoma College - Tonkawa & EnidNorthern Oklahoma College’s main campus is in the Ponca City region and offers many 2-year degree programs. It also has a Process Technology program that created specifically to create a workforce for many of our local employers.
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Ponca City, OK 74601
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