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April 27, 2006 :: State Regents Recognize Institution, Business Partnerships

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Seventeen businesses and higher education institutions throughout the state were recently recognized for their outstanding partnerships which lead to furthering the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Partnership Recognition Program is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses, internships for current students of the institutions to work at the partnering businesses, or faculty externships with the partnering businesses. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.

“These partnerships are the way the world operates today, with higher education and businesses literally working together daily to maximize productivity and increase profits. ” said Chancellor Paul G. Risser. “In reality, Oklahoma businesses will only be successful in the very competitive global economy by aggressively implementing the newest technologies and using the latest knowledge, and our colleges are key sources of the most powerful information and technology.

The partnerships being recognized include:

The Partnership Recognition Program is an annual event. For more information, visit