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Rose State Partners With Business to Renovate Downtown Icon
Rose State College’s workforce development team joined with a local business partner to begin restoration on the iconic downtown First National Bank building.

In 2017, the building was sold to local developer Gary Brooks and Charlie Nicholas for $23 million with plans to restore for use as a hotel, apartments and offices.

To accomplish the transformation, manual labor and training were required, thus forming a workforce partnership with Rose State in mid-2017.

Rose State’s workforce team organized the community outreach to market the job opportunity. In addition, the team assisted with the coordination of the training classes, which centered on asbestos abatement.

"This partnership between Rose State and the new owners of the First National Bank building is a perfect example of how the college and local business can partner together to meet a workforce need in the community," stated Stan Greil, vice president of workforce development at Rose State.

Rose State organized 60 hours of noncredit certified training, which included pre-program requirement assessments, medical evaluations and two weeks of in-class learning. Students who completed the training received national certifications: OSHA 10 Construction Safety class with OSHA certification; Lead Awareness class with EPA certification; OSHA Confined Space Entry class and Asbestos Training, EPA approved with DOL certification.

Each student who completed the training left with nearly $700 worth of federal certifications that can assist with future employment.

The yearlong employment for students added value to the marketplace and positioned Rose State as a quick, responsive provider of training needs for this sector.

Rose State College Offers Wastewater Training Program Through Grants
Rose State College has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide a program for water and wastewater training. To date, more than 120 individuals have earned certifications through the grant program provided at Rose State. These students will go on to earn a starting salary of $14-$17 per hour with benefits to ensure water is safe to drink and is clean when it drains to lakes and rivers.

The program is funded through the EPA and provides the free training to students. Rose State has been awarded this grant two consecutive rounds. Graduates of the program can continue to earn higher-level certifications and eventually earn a spot as a public works director or water plant supervisor.

In addition, in January 2016, Rose State started a new offering of Oklahoma’s first water and wastewater treatment apprenticeship program. That program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and offers a two- and three-year training.

Apprenticeships include extensive online and in-person classroom instruction and paid on-the-job training in all aspects of water and wastewater treatment plant systems operation and maintenance.

The program is growing in interest across the region as Rose State staff members have already been discussing the program with colleagues in Kansas and Missouri.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, graduates receive nationally recognized Department of Labor journeyman-level certification.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, possible employer benefits of the apprenticeship program include:

As the only gubernatorial-appointed environmental training center in the state, the Rose State College Oklahoma Environmental Training Center has offered training in water and wastewater operations for 30 years. For more information about the Rose State College Oklahoma Environmental Training Center or instructions on how to enroll, call 405.733.7488 or email

Rose State College has established the Training Center to provide unique professional development opportunities to the area’s workforce. The Training Center assists businesses in every facet of employee development from selection through retirement. The Training Center has developed many workforce programs that include the Leadership Lab, the Oklahoma Environmental Training Center, healthcare workforce training, Lean Six Sigma training and the Government Contracting Training Academy.

The programs are taught in the new state-of-the-art, 32,000-square-foot Professional Training and Education Center. The facility features a tiered auditorium seating 95, as well as nine additional classrooms including the Quad, a multipurpose classroom that can be divided into two or four instructional areas. To ensure training clients receive a high return on their training dollar, the center is developing several modes of delivery, including on-campus courses, workshops at the client’s site, online instruction and post-training activities to reinforce the training message. The Training Center’s client list includes Midwest Regional Hospital, Boeing, Standard Arrow and several Tinker Air Force Base organizations.

Rose State College established the Government Contracting Training Academy to assist Oklahoma small businesses in bidding on and receiving federal contracts. Through a dynamic program including classroom instruction and one-on-one mentoring, the academy’s three-level certification program provides the information and tools on how Oklahoma businesses can serve this multi-billion dollar industry. The academy is funded by an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Economic Development Grant.

Rose State College provides lower division credit for the Tinker Air Force Base Supervisory/Management training program. Tinker personnel who successfully complete the specific courses may earn up to 15 college credit hours that can be applied to an associate degree or a bachelor's degree.

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