MAY 17, 2006

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State Regents recognize institution, business partnerships

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 recognized include:

  • Cameron University and Eagle Systems & Services, Inc. – The partnership between the university and company has included internships for students at the company’s facilities, adjunct faculty positions for Eagle Systems employees and advisory duties for both a member of CU’s faculty and the president of Eagle Systems.
  • Carl Albert State College and AES Corporation/Shady Point – Over the years, the AES Corporation/Shady Point has partnered with CASC by serving on the CASC Foundation Board of Trustees, supporting the CASC Students in Free Enterprise Chapter and contracting with the college to provide training to middle management at the company’s facilities.
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College and the Choctaw Nation – The Choctaw Nation has been a partner with EOSC for many years by paying the tuition of Choctaw Nation health care employees who go through EOSC’s nursing program. The Choctaw Nation also provides scholarships for Native American students and donates to the college for campus facility projects.
  • Langston University and McAnally & Banks – Utilizing his expertise in business, F.E. McAnally has collaborated with LU’s Office of Community Resource Development for the past three years, assisting entrepreneurs with their business plan development. In addition, McAnally assists the School of Business on plans for economic development.
  • Northeastern State University and Intellevue – Intellevue is assisting the Oklahoma Center for Rural Development at NSU in the development of www.oklahomavirtualcommunity.com, a Web site that will provide pertinent economic development information about Oklahoma.
  • Northern Oklahoma College and ConocoPhillips – The two partnered in 1991 to establish NOC’s process technology program. ConocoPhillips provides adjunct instructors, donates equipment and has established a scholarship fund for the program.
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Plane Plastics – Over the last 50 years, college students have worked in the plant and provided a quality workforce. NWOSU internships at the plant also provide college students with opportunities to learn through practical experiences.
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Integris Grove General Hospital – NEO and Integris have partnered to create a fast-track LPN-to-RN program. Integris pledged $20,000 and the use of their facilities for clinical experiences, as well as facilities and equipment for the program.
  • Oklahoma City Community College and Integris Health, Inc. – In response to the nursing shortage, Integris and OCCC have worked together on the “Career Ladder Pathway” program, which prepares currently licensed practical nurses and Oklahoma-licensed paramedics to obtain licensure as registered nurses.
  • Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. – OPSU and PTCI work together to produce local video content to be aired on PTCI’s digital interactive TV network.
  • Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and Integris Health – For more than 10 years, Integris has partnered with OSU-OKC to enhance the college’s nursing program by providing scholarships, donating gifts, funding adjunct positions and assisting in creating a fast-track RN program.
  • Redlands Community College and HealthSouth Corporation – HealthSouth has partnered with RCC to provide a permanent outpatient physical therapy clinic to Canadian County. The clinic offers sports medicine, general orthopedics and rehabilitation services.
  • Rogers State University and Manufacturing Service and Innovation – MSI has utilized RSU’s Innovation Center to prepare its business plan, secure financing and educate its management team throughout the start-up of the company.
  • Seminole State College and AmeriContact – AmeriContact relocated to Seminole in 2003 and has provided much-needed jobs to the local economy. With help from SSC and its educational foundation, the call center will soon move into a permanent facility, thereby helping ensure the company’s viability and keeping jobs in Seminole.
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University and First United Bank – The two partner each year to recognize an outstanding high school student by sponsoring the Tri-County Honors Program. The chairman of the board of First United Bank also established an endowed lectureship series based on business and public policy at SEOSU.
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Bar-S Foods Company – Bar-S Foods Company provided six students from SWOSU’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems with internships at the company’s Clinton and Elk City facilities. Students received hands-on experience in learning how to identify and solve problems in a modern company.
  • Tulsa Community College and Cherokee Nation Enterprises – CNE has partnered with TCC to create a degree program focused on creating a skilled workforce for the hospitality and gaming sectors.

The Partnership Recognition Program is an annual event. For more information, visit www.okhighered.org/eco-devo.

Contact: Ben Hardcastle, OSRHE director of communications, 1.405.225.9346