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Economic Development Grant for the Partnership Development Program – 2013 Recipients

The 27 partnerships listed below were recognized for 2013 during a ceremony at the University of Central Oklahoma on April 29.


Cameron University and the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill
CU enjoys an ongoing partnership with the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill. CU has established the computer lab used by military service members and their families when students at the Truman Education Center on Fort Sill take classes. CU students have partnered with the defense contractor Lockheed Martin in solving algorithm problems, saving the Department of Defense untold amounts of money and resulting in the commanding general at Fort Sill awarding each student a certificate of achievement. Just recently, CU and the Fires Center and Fort Sill embarked on a partnership using the talents of students in the new convergence journalism program at CU to provide real-world solutions that will assist Fort Sill in its global mission. CU continues to have one of the nation’s top 15 percent Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, and much of that can be attributed to the access that Fort Sill allows for CU’s ROTC cadets. This long-standing partnership will result in individuals within both organizations continuing to grow and flourish. Additionally, both CU and the Fires Center are better because of their partnership. BACK TO LIST

Carl Albert State College and JoB Construction Inc.
JoB Construction Inc. of Poteau, Okla., has been a strong partner of CASC for many years. Owners Jodi and Bill Hoffman, along with their son and daughter-in-law, Billy Ray and Starla Hoffman; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Tim Wilson; and other family members, all work within the company and are avid supporters of CASC. The Hoffman family provided funds for the naming rights of the W.D. Hoffman Scholars Dorm, the Jodi Hoffman Endowed Professorship and the Hoffman Family Scholarship. In addition, they dedicate countless time, effort and gifts to the college. The Hoffmans’ passion for student success sets a prime example for others in the community to see firsthand what can be accomplished when local organizations partner with the college in order to provide affordable, accessible and exceptional educational opportunities to the region. BACK TO LIST

Connors State College and City of Muskogee Foundation
The City of Muskogee Foundation has provided CSC $300,000 in funding to develop the Muskogee Difference Healthcare Scholarship, the largest scholarship gift in the college’s history. This program provides full tuition, fees and books to students residing within Muskogee County who are studying nursing, pre-nursing or allied health. With more than 3,500 medical professionals, Muskogee is quickly becoming a hub of outstanding medical services. CSC's nursing program is one of the largest in the state, boasting a pass rate of the National Council Licensure Examination that exceeds state and national averages. These programs afford graduates excellent economic opportunities and encourage postsecondary education and employment of the local workforce. Muskogee Difference Healthcare Scholarship recipients are required to sign a two-year work commitment, ensuring that all residents have access to quality educational and degree completion opportunities while also encouraging job growth and economic development in the regional health care sector. The partnership between CSC and the City of Muskogee Foundation, through the Muskogee Difference Healthcare Scholarship, provides the financial resources to develop a localized professional workforce infrastructure and a center for health care excellence in eastern Oklahoma. BACK TO LIST

East Central University and Holcim (US) Inc.
ECU is celebrating its 103rd year of partnership with Holcim (US) Inc., formerly Ideal Cement, in Ada. In 2001, the Ada plant came under the Holcim brand. Holcim, founded in Switzerland in 1912, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel). They also supply ready-mix concrete and asphalt while providing related services. As environmental leaders in the Ada area, the Holcim Ada plant and ECU teamed up to lead the Oklahoma Green Expo and its signature event, the “Tour de Green” bicycle rally. The Ada plant and ECU are actively involved in the nationally recognized and nationally awarded Southern Workforce Board. Last year, employees from the Holcim Ada plant provided more than 1,300 volunteer hours in community service. Holcim has endowed an annual scholarship in environmental health sciences to ECU students, as well as hired its graduates. The Ada plant employees are active in promoting youth career development as evidenced by the highly successful ECU Career Discovery Day and an ACT test preparation day for high school seniors. Located at opposite ends of Ada’s Main Street, Holcim Inc. and ECU serve the region as proud anchors of partnership. BACK TO LIST

Eastern Oklahoma State College and Choctaw Nation Health Center
The health center has a long-standing partnership with EOSC in training health care workers in southeastern Oklahoma. This partnership allows EOSC’s nursing students to gain a better understanding of cultural diversity and patient care with hands-on experience through clinical rotations every semester. The Choctaw Nation continues to provide leadership in addressing the need for improved health care to area citizens. Health center employees have attended and facilitated student learning in a simulated learning environment at EOSC’s nursing skills lab. Students also utilize equipment within the hospital setting at the health center. The experience students gain while working in the cardiac simulation lab provides them with a better understanding of equipment utilized in the clinical area for trauma care. The EOSC education department is also very active in student orientation in preparation of students’ work at the clinical site. In addition, this partnership is invaluable in providing funding to students in the nursing program through scholarships and grants. Many graduates have also obtained gainful employment with Choctaw Nation health care services upon passing the National Council Licensure Examination. BACK TO LIST

Langston University and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
LU approached Mason Weaver, Urban Harvest director at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and proposed a collaborative project that would not only provide food for senior and traditional communities but create meaningful, enjoyable activities for them as well. The outcome of this effort is a successful partnership with the food bank to assist in the establishment and sustainability of three federally funded, community garden projects located in the northeast Oklahoma City area. These community gardens are serving to provide food, grown from seeds donated by the food bank, for the people of the North Highland Community Housing Addition, the Mount Olive Senior Cottages community and the Temple Gardens Senior Apartments community. In addition to providing healthy organic food alternatives, the gardens lower the food bill cost for seniors and other opportunities as well. LU saw this partnership as an opportunity for community building – one that would foster teamwork and address the issue of hunger among seniors. Weaver has even committed to supplying crop seeds for future planting seasons for the life of LU´s senior garden program, a testament to his dedication to the overarching mission and motto of his agency. BACK TO LIST

Murray State College and the Johnston County Board of Commissioners
Starting in 2001, the Johnston County commissioners contributed resources to the development of 13 major economic development projects. This partnership has enabled MSC to develop nine industrial properties in Johnston County. In addition, the county’s resources enabled MSC to develop recreational facilities, two health clinics, a water tower and a new road through the industrial park. Site preparation ranged from cutting a new road through a forest of trees, to digging a deep foundation for a water tower, to removing granite boulders as large as a truck, to filling and compacting boggy areas for building foundations. They showed their ingenuity in building retaining walls for one project, allowing MSC to utilize more of the property. On another project, the county commissioners built a three-truck loading dock, which allowed MSC to entice an international company to Tishomingo. When MSC needed a gun range, the county commissioners dug a huge facility from a hill, providing safety for all the surrounding area. The completed projects have enabled MSC to create approximately 150 new jobs, with an acquisition cost of approximately $9 million. Neither the jobs nor the new investment would have occurred without the partnership with the Johnston County commissioners. BACK TO LIST

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma
The Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma and NEO have partnered to develop a wetland project on NEO property. Ottawa County, home of the Peoria Tribe and the college, was heavily mined for lead and zinc from 1908 to 1950. Waste materials from the abandoned mines are being carried through the region by Tar Creek. In 1983, the Tar Creek site was designated as a federal Superfund site, under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. Extensive efforts have been implemented by various agencies, organizations and communities to remediate the lead and cadmium contamination. Unfortunately, the levels of waste materials in the water supplies of northeastern Oklahoma remain a major concern. The Peoria Tribe, in partnership with NEO, received grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a wetlands project on NEO property bordering Tar Creek. The purpose of this project is for researchers to develop specific plant species that will uptake heavy metals and help reduce the flow of heavy metals through areas of northeastern Oklahoma. The partnership between the Peoria Tribe and NEO is a major step forward in improving the health and well-being of their community and the future of regional economic development. BACK TO LIST

Northeastern State University and the City of Tahlequah
A new era of partnership between NSU and the city of Tahlequah began in 2001 with the passage of a city sales tax. The funding supported a $2 million renovation and expansion of the NSU football complex – Gable Field at Doc Wadley Stadium – and a permanent, hard-surfaced walking track open to the public to enhance community wellness and fitness. Stadium enhancements also provide use by high school football teams, marching bands, soccer teams and concert presentations. With the money saved, Tahlequah Public Schools funneled funds into classrooms, a school performing arts center and a new high school gymnasium. A new sales tax for community capital improvements was the focus of another Tahlequah-NSU partnership. Items included $1.5 million to fund expansion of the recently launched NSU Multipurpose Event Center. The city council and mayor championed this investment that will provide for meeting and breakout rooms for community forums, conventions, trade shows and other community development uses. This innovative and meaningful partnership that is rising from the ground in the form of the 85,000-square-foot venue is scheduled to welcome campus and community alike in fall 2013. Also, the additional sales tax will allow for new infrastructure, such as streets, sidewalks, walking trails and other necessary improvements, in and around Tahlequah. BACK TO LIST

Northern Oklahoma College and the City of Enid
For more than 13 years, NOC and the city of Enid have enjoyed a partnership centered on higher education as well as on community and economic development. This partnership was established in 1999 when, in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the city of Enid, NOC purchased the former Phillips University. Through the city of Enid partnership, the campus has addressed several quality-of-life initiatives through ADA accessibility with infrastructure improvements to the failing baseball field; demolition of the old communication building; enhancement of campus safety with main parking lot repairs and crossing lights; and the addition of community bus stands. NOC continues to partner with the city on beautification projects, including the recent walking trails grant. The partnership extends through workforce development assisting the city to provide a well-trained workforce. The campus is open to the community, and NOC works with the city to host events and activities such as the annual Tri-State Music Festival and visitors from Enid’s sister cities. NOC accommodates Enid Public Schools with college facilities for athletic events. Also, NOC partners with the city in efforts to retain and improve Vance Air Force Base by advocating on behalf of the base with federal and state government entities and by administering the city´s scholarships for military members and their dependents. NOC, with the support of Enid city officials, continues to expand its operations to enhance the community college experience in Enid. BACK TO LIST

Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the Charles Morton Share Trust of Alva
NWOSU and the Charles Morton Share Trust of Alva have a long-standing partnership that has greatly enhanced the quality of life for area residents and improved the educational experience for students. Share Trust made its first major investment in NWOSU in 1989, establishing the Charles Morton Share endowed chair in education. At that time, only the states two comprehensive universities had established endowed chairs. This gift led the way for NWOSU to secure commitments for the 22 endowed chairs it now enjoys, the most of any regional university. Realizing the need for wellness opportunities for the university and the community, in 1999, the Share Trust provided $1.5 million in private funding to help create a 42,000-square-foot wellness facility on campus. The J.R. Holder Wellness Center provides a comprehensive exercise facility, along with outreach programs designed to promote healthy lifestyles. In 2007, when NWOSU announced its Vision for Victory Campaign for athletics, the Share Trust once again stepped forward with a lead gift of $1.5 million. This gift inspired many other donors to come forward as NWOSU raised nearly $4 million to construct new facilities and renovate existing ones. The Share Trust also is a longtime supporter of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series, university homecoming activities and the Heartland BEST robotics competition. Members of the Share Trust include Jim Holder, Ray Dean Linder, Johnny Jones, and Darrell Kline, of Alva, and B. Michael Carroll, of Oklahoma City. BACK TO LIST

Oklahoma City Community College and the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Responding to significant and persistent shortages of speech-language pathologists (SLP) in Oklahoma, the leadership and membership of Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSHA) planned for change. OSHA, with guidance and support from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, partnered with OCCC to design and implement the first and only speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) program in Oklahoma. OSHA led efforts for legislative changes in licensing and practice, opening the door for the program and SLPA graduates. Additionally, OSHA facilitated communication among the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Pathology and Audiology and OCCC regarding program design and policy procedures and practice. OCCC and OSHA then began the work of planning course design and clinical experiences for SLPA students. The entirely online SLPA training program offers students an educational experience in their respective individual rural and urban areas, producing academically and clinically trained SLPAs ready to provide communication therapy services in schools and health care settings across the state. BACK TO LIST

Oklahoma Panhandle State University and the Guymon Chamber of Commerce
OPSU has a long history of joint endeavors with the Guymon Chamber of Commerce and, more recently, with Main Street Guymon. These unique partnerships provide a variety of collaborations that benefit community and workforce development. Jada Breeden, Chamber of Commerce director and Melyn Johnson, director of Main Street Guymon, use Facebook, e-blasts and their event calendars to promote OPSU news and events, including the Dust Bowl play written by university professor Dr. Sara Jane Richter and the campus preview of the Ken Burns PBS Dust Bowl documentary. They have sponsored “Lunch With an Aggie” for multiple groups on campus and, along with the Chamber Ambassadors, assisted other OPSU supporters by serving at barbecues and many other campus functions. They also created a coupon book for students, assisted several student groups in their fundraising efforts and utilized a student intern at the chamber. OPSU hosts meetings of the chamber education committee on a monthly basis. Currently, OPSU’s communications/sports information director, Laura Nelson, serves on the chamber board. OPSU participates in many chamber and Main Street Guymon activities, such as hosting Business After Hours on campus, participating in the community Summer Celebration and helping sponsor the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet. OPSU's collaborative contributions extend to the Guymon Citizen of the Year process, Main Street Guymon educational seminars, the Leadership Guymon program, and the Fiesta King and Queen contest. BACK TO LIST

Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center and U.S. Roaster Corp
The mission of the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) is to discover, develop and deliver technical and business information to support the growth of value-added agricultural products and processing in Oklahoma. U.S. Roaster Corp (USRC) is a manufacturer and rebuilder of coffee roasters with more than 33 years of experience. Located on Main Street in downtown Oklahoma City, they have more than 20,000 square feet of facilities. In 2011, USRC successfully completed a two-year, grant-funded project that resulted in the development of a new, advanced coffee roaster called the Revelation. The Revelation was significant to the entire coffee-roasting industry for the several reasons. It reduced air emissions compared to other roasters and is the only industrial coffee roaster approved for installation in southern California. It reduced energy costs to 50 percent less than the competition and produced better-tasting coffee compared to other units. USRC first contacted FAPC in July 2008 requesting help with roaster-testing methods after being introduced by representatives of the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence. FAPC partnered with USRC to eventually submit a $423,000 grant to develop and commercialize the Revelation coffee roaster. FAPC has provided many services to USRC including  engineering design and assessment; equipment testing and analysis; sensory testing, laboratory analysis; and business planning and development. FAPC is currently helping to improve USRCs existing coffee bean cooler/mixers by utilizing a team of biosystems agricultural engineering senior design students. The Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award will assist ongoing student and professional projects at USRC coordinated through the FAPC. BACK TO LIST

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and Aggreko LLC
Aggreko is the global leader in the rental of power generation and temperature control equipment with more than 148 locations in more than 100 countries. OSUITs Aggreko SelecTech program trains technicians in portable diesel-powered electricity generation and temperature control systems. As finding technicians to maintain and repair engines, generators and temperature control equipment became increasingly difficult, Aggreko began partnering with OSUIT in 2008 to provide new technician training. The program began with 18 students and expects to reach 50 new students by 2017. When selected as an Aggreko SelecTech student, the company provides paid internships, scholarships, required tools, a company cell phone, cash advances for business-related travel and, upon graduation, the opportunity to accept full-time employment with Aggreko. Other OSUIT support from Aggreko includes curriculum advisement; facility and equipment support; and location and support of high-quality instructors, including professional development and payment of faculty travel for internship visits and training, a company cell phone and a computer. To remain the global leader in the rental of power generation and temperature control equipment with a goal of doubling the company’s size within the next five years, Aggreko must develop technicians capable of providing outstanding customer service while possessing technical skills to repair and maintain increasingly advanced equipment. The current skills gap in the workforce and persistent economic opportunity will increase the demand for these valued technicians. BACK TO LIST

Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County
OSU-OKC was proud to work with the county to extend and resurface Jerry D. Carroll Drive during fall 2012. This partnership allowed OSU-OKC to change a vital traffic pattern on campus in anticipation of the construction involved with a new three-story parking garage. The county generously provided the labor while OSU-OKC purchased all the materials. The project was such a success that all traffic was able to be rerouted prior to the start of the spring 2013 term. The second collaboration was the SHINE program. Five OSU-OKC students received special recognition for their contributions to the community during the Service Learning Reception. The students earned the distinction by participating in Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan’s Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere (SHINE) campaign. SHINE is a comprehensive initiative to clean up county District 2. The program aims to improve economic development, prepare future generations to be responsible citizens, efficiently utilize and expose resources through community partnerships, and create an overall nicer place to live. To become a SHINE graduate, the students donated 100 certified hours of their time to community service, with 30 of those hours spent on beautification efforts. Students can also use the SHINE documentation for résumé building and joining civic groups. BACK TO LIST

Redlands Community College and Nucare Nutrition
Nucare Nutrition partnered with RCC and Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance extension agent Mike Raymond to formalize their business strategy to grow the company. The successful implementation of the strategy and subsequent increase in sales has allowed Nucare Nutrition to move into a larger facility in Kingfisher to accommodate the increased volume. Additionally, they participated in ExporTech training that will lead to a significant increase in existing export sales of their private-label products over the next year. This growth has allowed Nucare Nutrition to implement the second part of their strategy to create a new manufacturing company that will supply nutrition products previously outsourced outside of the state. The new company, Viacore Nutrition, will manufacture nutritional protein powders and vitamins for Nucare Nutrition to distribute to their network of wholesale and retail customers, and they will also offer contract manufacturing or co-packing services to other companies. Owner Mike Myers has stated that the expansion will create 15 additional jobs for the citizens of Kingfisher and generate new revenue to support the community. With the successful implementation of the strategic plan, Nucare Nutrition will save more than 20 percent in outsourcing expenses and will add more than $450,000 in new payroll over the next 12 months. The partnership between RCC and Nucare Nutrition has helped the manufacturer triple their manufacturing space and created an additional state-of-the-art blending and packaging line. Nucare Nutrition anticipates utilizing this grant to support their ongoing employee educational programs and partnership with RCC. BACK TO LIST

Rogers State University and the MidAmerica Industrial Park
MidAmerica Industrial Park, under the administration of the Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority, has served as a major economic development catalyst, creating jobs and opportunities for countless residents throughout northeastern Oklahoma. With focus on results-oriented growth, MidAmerica has established itself as the state’s largest industrial park and the nation’s largest rural industrial park with many divisions of global and Fortune 500 companies since the 9,000-acre site was opened in 1960. MidAmerica has generously supported RSU by funding student scholarships and other key initiatives. Its support reached a new level when park administrators announced that they would fund and construct a 38,400-square-foot building on an 84-acre site to serve as the new RSU-Pryor campus. The largest single gift in RSU history, the $8 million project more than doubles the size of the existing campus. The two-story facility will feature classrooms, computer labs, science labs, library, food service and dining facilities, a bookstore, faculty and administrative offices, meeting rooms and a 150-seat auditorium. Construction started in 2012 and will be completed in late summer 2013. The new RSU-Pryor campus allows the university to add additional classes and programs to meet student demand, while partnering with companies at MidAmerica to meet their educational needs for a more educated workforce in Oklahoma. The RSU-Pryor campus will join Northeastern Technology Center and Oklahoma State Institute of Technology at MidAmerica, creating a regional educational hub serving northeastern Oklahoma. BACK TO LIST

Rose State College and the Civic City Music Hall
RSC significantly changed the cultural landscape of central Oklahoma in 1996 when it broke ground on its Communications Center and Performing Arts Theatre. When the facility opened two years later, RSC launched a visionary management agreement with the Civic Center to provide operational management, bringing Broadway productions to eastern Oklahoma County; providing an additional entertainment venue to the metropolitan area; expanding school-age arts education programs; and offering centralized scheduling and box office operations. Additionally, the partnership combined the strengths of both organizations to offer workshops and activities to increase student enrollment and enhance the total academic experience. Serving more than 88,000 attendees each year, this dynamic partnership has provided programs, activities and classroom space to more than 1.2 million students and members of the community. The Communications Center serves a diverse audience including students, educators, RSC drama productions, local and national celebrities, personnel from Tinker Air Force Base, parents and relatives of performers, and business and civic organizations. To name just a few, the center has hosted such stars as Anthony Bourdain, Frankie Avalon, the OKC Philharmonic, Willie Nelson, Bill Cosby, Hal Holbrook and Oklahoma´s Musical Ambassador Kyle Dillingham. While both RSC and the Civic Center have become cultural champions and have a positive economic impact on central Oklahoma, most importantly, they share a common agenda to foster, promote and support student success. BACK TO LIST

Seminole State College and UpSource
UpSource was founded in 2001 with a vision that a dedicated workforce in North America could provide exceptional value in the delivery of high-quality contact center services. UpSource believes that a partnership with both its customers and its employees works to deliver superior service. The company’s strategy is built on the ideal that providing value to its customers requires training, development and support of employees, while deploying state-of-the-art technology. UpSource started with a single-location contact center in northern Nova Scotia in 2001 with 40 employees and one client. Over the course of the next few years, the company acquired several additional clients and quickly outgrew the Nova Scotia location. Faced with the need to rapidly expand, in 2008, UpSource partnered with an existing call center outsourcer in Seminole – AmeriContact. Together with SSC, AmeriContact had built and grown a call center in the heart of the Seminole community. Now, more than five years later, UpSource remains in that same location and has grown to almost 100 employees. During 2012, UpSource paid more than $2 million in wages to its Seminole-area employees, providing economic support to the community. UpSource is a company dedicated to ensuring the welfare of its employees and supporting the community as a good corporate citizen. Working with SSC in the college’s Dan Boren Business Development Center, UpSource is making a positive difference in Seminole’s economic health. BACK TO LIST

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and TAPS Public Transit
Partnerships are a state of mind in southeast Oklahoma. With that being said, after several years of meetings and planning, TAPS Public Transit is now a reality for SE students and business commuters from Texas to Oklahoma. This partnership began with TAPS, SE and the Southern Oklahoma Rural Transit System to establish protocols and ensure eventual success for the two-state shuttle project. Business and industry was invited to the table to ensure the viability of the shuttle, scheduling and meeting the needs of their employees. The kickoff was fall 2012. Through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, TAPS is providing public transportation to businesses, such as Alorica, Choctaw Casino, Delaware North and numerous others. The commuter system is providing a vital service for students and employees traveling to Oklahoma for school or employment. This transportation system is an economic asset for employers and employees alike. Based on feedback from SE’s admission counselor at Grayson College in Texas, many students would forego completing their degree programs without having the shuttle service. Being a public transit system, the shuttle can also bring Texans to Oklahoma for stops at the Choctaw Casino and other drop-off points on the route. The future goal for this service is to grow its ridership and continue to connect Oklahoma and Texas for a positive economic impact on the region, its employers and future SE graduates. BACK TO LIST

Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the City of Weatherford
From the Harlem Globetrotters to the Apollo 13 astronauts, SWOSU has hosted unforgettable events in western Oklahoma. Soon to be western Oklahoma’s premier event venue, the SWOSU Event Center is scheduled to open in 2014. The state-of-the-art facility is the product of a partnership between SWOSU and the Weatherford community. Voters designated sales tax funds for the center, while city and university officials will assist in the center’s oversight. The 93,000-square-foot center will seat 4,000 people and is expected to draw an average of 150,000 visitors per year to western Oklahoma. The center will be the only facility of its size and type in an area stretching from Amarillo, Texas, to Oklahoma City and from Wichita Falls, Texas, to Dodge City, Kan. A focal point of the facility will be the SWOSU Foundation Club Suite, which will be furnished and equipped for functions ranging from VIP galas to student recruiting events. Get-togethers there will assist SWOSU officials in forming lasting relations with alumni, donors, policymakers and scholars. The suite will be integral to supporting SWOSU’s educational and cultural missions. The center is a unique community project that was voted on by the citizens of Weatherford. Working in conjunction with the city, SWOSU is building the community event center to meet the growing needs of western Oklahoma. BACK TO LIST

Tulsa Community College and the Tulsa Fire Department
Tulsa Community College and the Tulsa Fire Department have a long history of partnering and working together to provide quality educational opportunities for fire department personnel and the community. The fire department, the city of Tulsa and TCC have begun construction of the first phase of the Tulsa-area Fire and Emergency Training Center. The state-of-the-art center is being built on TCC´s Northeast Campus and will serve fire, police and emergency service providers in northeastern Oklahoma and encompass the latest developments in fire and emergency preparedness training. The multiphase center will dramatically improve training programs for the fire department and allow TCC to provide programs to the surrounding area that will improve response capabilities on a regional basis. The center will also house the fire department´s Homeland Security Facility, which will provide training targeting terrorism and address natural disasters through advanced training programs in technical and specialty rescue. An increase in community preparedness programs for citizen and business groups will be offered at the facility, improving disaster readiness for the entire region. The Fire and Emergency Training Center will enhance Tulsa´s ability to serve as the regional leader in fire and emergency training, and the partnership will allow for an increase in training capabilities at a reduced cost through shared resources. BACK TO LIST

University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Public Schools
OKCPS teachers, as well as leaders within the district, have long served as critical practitioner partners in the preparation of education professionals. In recent years, more mutually beneficial initiatives were added that serve the Oklahoma City metro, strengthening the partnership between UCO and OKCPS. The Urban Teacher Preparation Academy (UTPA) began in 2009 to engage teacher candidates in the principles, knowledge and experiences of urban classrooms so they are prepared to facilitate student learning in urban settings – all while making a positive impact in OKCPS. After rising to the top in a competitive selection process, teacher candidates participate in a yearlong clinical experience with intensive mentoring from an OKCPS classroom teacher and, later, from a nationally board-certified teacher, participate in an online learning community, and receive support from UCO supervisors and faculty. Some 17 UTPA graduates are employed at OKCPS. A third cohort of teacher candidates includes 13 participants who are in clinical practice. The university and OKCPS also partnered to create a more robust candidate pool for the district's many principal and assistant principal openings. The Cooperative Principal Preparation Cohort Program involved district leaders and UCO faculty members guiding a cohort of 30 students through the master’s degree program in educational leadership. Some of these graduates are serving in district leadership roles. Then in 2012, the College Board launched the Affinity Network initiative. Oklahoma is one of five states selected for this program. Partners include the University of Central Oklahoma, OKCPS and Oklahoma City Community College. The overarching goal is integration of the Common Core State Standards into the curriculum between high school, community college and four-year university settings. This aligns with creating more college degree holders in Oklahoma, supporting Complete College America initiatives. BACK TO LIST

University of Oklahoma and ICEdot LLC
ICEdot LLC, headquartered in Tulsa, is an emergency identification and notification service that provides critical emergency contact and health information at the scene of an accident. Leveraging its proprietary service in combination with ICEdot identifiers, the company has established a strong foundation to revolutionize emergency notifications and athletic safety. The next generation of ICEdot products includes a proprietary Bluetooth-equipped sensor technology that enables immediate accident identification and notification, complete with essential data such as GPS location, severity and speed of impact, and time of impact. Over the fall 2012 semester, a team of students from the OU Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) partnered with ICEdot to develop an iPad application for a new product called HITdot. This advancement will help athletic trainers detect possible concussions in high school football players in real time through a helmet sensor that wirelessly relays impact. With the important support of this award, OU would like to deepen its analysis of new markets for ICEdot, including military, action sports and other team sports. To achieve this, OU interns will craft in-depth product development/modification and market-entry plans. The internship will be managed in conjunction with the OU Corporate Engagement Office (CEO) a sister organization of CCEW within the OU economic development function. Fundamentally, CEO acts as a portal to OU’s assets for external partners, economic development activity, and business and market analysis. Here, the unique experiential intern opportunity with ICEdot will be greatly enhanced by the academic and industry expertise of CEO, given its track record in facilitating advancements with the partner company. Through this important public-private collaboration, OU students and staff across the state will foster the growth of one of Oklahoma’s leading innovators. BACK TO LIST

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and the City of Chickasha/Chickasha Economic Development Council
USAO has long enjoyed a vital spirit of cooperation with the city of Chickasha, especially on matters related to quality of life and economic development. The current partnership enhances this long-standing relationship by housing the EDC’s offices on campus. From this new base of operations, the EDC will have routine working contact, communication and collaboration with the experience and expertise of faculty and the energy and enthusiasm of students. In addition, faculty and students alike will benefit from opportunities this partnership will provide that will allow them to make meaningful contributions to the quality and economy of the community. Overall, it will provide the EDC and city government a much-enhanced public profile and visibility for advancing Chickasha and regional development projects. BACK TO LIST

Western Oklahoma State College and Shoestring Enterprises
It is hard to describe the support Shoestring Enterprises and owners Tim and Lisa Drury give WOSC, as there is no true value on mentorship and life lessons. From being one of the students instrumental in the creation of the rodeo program at WOSC in 1976 to his present-day businesses, Tim Drury has strived to give the youth of southwestern Oklahoma every opportunity they need to become successful young adults. He is truly a no-strings-attached individual. In fact, in 2006, when WOSC started to expand its agriculture and rodeo facility north of Altus, he saw an opportunity to give back to the program he helped to start. Countless hours of equipment use and personal expertise has helped transform the facility into a present-day showpiece. Additionally, Mr. Drury serves as a member of WOSC’s Ag Advisory Board, which offers guidance and community input to the college’s agriculture program. Shoestring’s continued partnership with WOSC also includes offering practice livestock for the rodeo team and various lab opportunities for animal science classes. Both the ag program and rodeo team are indebted to their partnership with Shoestring Enterprises and look forward to a long-lasting relationship. BACK TO LIST