Western Oklahoma State College
Western Oklahoma State College has been approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to offer an Associate in Applied Science degree in military studies. This degree will allow servicemen to put up to 30 hours of military training toward an AAS degree. The additional 33 hours for the degree are offered as traditional or online general education courses. This will allow them to earn affordable college credit locally, without seeking out-of-state sources. Western will begin to offer this degree fall 2009. Military servicemen both active and retired may earn this degree.
Western’s Cooperative Higher Education Training Center will open for the 2009 fall semester. This 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art training center will provide four large ITV smart classrooms and seven ITV conference areas/small classrooms. Three computer labs, a modernized Regent’s Room, 16 offices for faculty and staff, new restrooms, a lounge area, and a large training center will also be available. This will more than double Western’s ability to send and receive academic courses to and from other campus locations. The training center will be able to accommodate the latest in technology for instruction and training. Area businesses and organizations will be able to utilize this space to better equip their workforce with modern technology skills.
Western's nursing program continues to grow and expects to graduate more than 90 students in 2010. Help with funding for the program has come from Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Duncan Regional Hospital, Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Southwestern Medical Center as well as the Excellence Grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. These partnerships will continue to allow Western to produce more health care professionals to deal with an aging area population.