Redlands Community College
Redlands Community College Enters Partnership With Savannah Station to Aid Special-Needs Individuals
Redlands Community College and Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program have agreed to a unique, collaborative partnership that will include a lease of the original Redlands Royse Ranch Arena to the nonprofit organization beginning in October 2016.
According to Savannah Station Executive Director Jack Salkil, the goal of the organization is to provide hope and healing with horses to individuals ages three and above. Special challenges accepted are: amputations, autism, brain injuries, cardiovascular accident/stroke, cerebral palsy, deafness, Down syndrome, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, mental retardation, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment and other highly involved disabilities. Savannah Station is fully certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).
Established in 2013, Savannah Station hopes to increase participation through the agreement with Redlands. The Redlands location will be managed by Savannah Station Program Coordinator Mindy Hole, a Redlands’ equine studies graduate.
"Our partnership with Savannah Station brings our equine program back to life in a very unique way," said Redlands President Jack Bryant. "We are proud to help provide this vital service to our community."
In addition to offering classes for special needs individuals, Savannah Station will also hold workshops and training sessions for volunteers. It is their hope to gain even more community involvement through this partnership.
New Collaboration Creates New Opportunities for Veterans
Oklahoma veterans will now have access to more services with a new collaboration between the Veterans Upward Bound program at Redlands Community College and the Oklahoma Works Center in Lawton, Oklahoma.
"This collaboration could not have come at a more perfect time for our program," said Kelsey Heggy, academic specialist for the Veterans Upward Bound program. "We were looking for a central location in Lawton where we could offer personalized math tutoring and career counseling to our veteran-participants."
As a free college-prep program of the U.S. Department of Education, Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for acceptance and success in college. The program provides counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in core subject areas. The Redlands Veterans Upward Bound program helps veteran-participants in 14 Oklahoma counties.
The Oklahoma Works Center, located in the Lawton Workforce Center at 1711 S.W. 11th St. in Lawton, is providing the Redlands program team with access to a full-service computer lab. These computers will allow veteran-participants the ability to take assessments in reading, writing or math, as well as use online tutorials such as Comfit and Tutor.com to prepare themselves for college.
"It’s our goal to have all of our veterans be successful in choosing a program of study and enrolling in classes," Heggy said. "We also want them to be aware of the multitude of financial aid resources that are available to them."
With this collaboration, veterans will not be limited to only the services provided by Redlands, they will also be able to use all the workforce services available through Oklahoma Works.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for our participants in the Veterans Upward Bound program," said Redlands President Jack Bryant. "It’s exciting to see this new collaboration form to help those who have served us so honorably."
For more information about the Redlands Veterans Upward Bound program, contact 405.422.1451 or visit www.redlandscc.edu. To learn more about veterans’ resources regarding job search skills, barriers to employment and career services, contact Oklahoma Works at 580.357.3500.
Redlands Community College Excels Through Collaboration With Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board
Redlands Community College’s All Nations Business Institute has collaborated with the Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board through an innovative on-campus internship program.
The connection with COWIB was made by Redlands President Jack Bryant. Bryant has served on the COWIB board since 2000 and was influential in creating this "real-world" learning experience at Redlands.
"Collaboration with COWIB and the employers they serve is key in our continued initiatives to harness the power of industry in guiding the development of academic curriculum designed to provide our graduates a distinct advantage in the job market,” said Bryant. "Employers and transfer institutions know that Redlands graduates are exceptional, and we are very proud of the value we are adding to the state of Oklahoma."
The All Nations Business Institute at Redlands is funded through a Native American Serving Non-tribal Institutions grant designed to strengthen the institution. Interim NASNTI Director Troy Milligan served as the on-campus internship mentor for the Redlands/COWIB partnership.
"Macie Gillock, sophomore from Union City, gained hands-on experience in creating a survey instrument for the COWIB group and then provided statistical analysis for COWIB’s effort to improve services offered to their constituency," said Milligan.
Gillock plans to use the skills she learned in her recent COWIB internship to continue her education in psychology. She is looking forward to pursuing a four-year degree upon completion of her Redlands associate degree.
"Macie helped us get a new perspective that we could not have gotten elsewhere. She made sure she understood what we were looking for and created a survey that was straightforward and easy-to-use. We now have the information we need to focus our strategic plan," said COWIB board member Max Dubroff.
Future collaborations with COWIB are expected to include additional undergraduate research, internship and scholarship programming.
As part of a partnership with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance Excellence (OAME), Redlands Community College sponsors a manufacturing extension agent who serves Canadian, Grady and northern Caddo counties. The agent works with more than 40 area businesses, such as Exiss Aluminum Trailers, Delta Faucet and Pro-Fab Inc., to provide staff development, training courses, product assistance and market/labor analysis. Impact data shows more than $10 million change in sales and $3.4 million in cost savings due to the assistance the agent provides.