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August 4, 2017 - State Regents, Oklahoma State Department of Health Sign Memorandum of Understanding

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Health recently signed a memorandum of understanding that will further develop and strengthen the relationship between state employers and colleges and universities, while providing experiential learning opportunities for college students and a workforce pipeline for OSDH.

“The State Regents and the Oklahoma State Department of Health share a mutual interest in improving educational opportunities and helping to better prepare students to meet Oklahoma’s workforce demands,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The State Regents are proud to formalize this partnership agreement to facilitate hands-on learning experiences in public health.”

The MOU was developed by the State Regents’ Council on Student Affairs and the State Regents’ Council on Instruction to assist OSDH in meeting its employment goals through student internship opportunities. Participating students will be able to link their higher education coursework directly with OSDH career experiences and earn income, which mitigates financial barriers to degree attainment and reduces dependence on student loans while positioning these students for potential permanent employment opportunities after graduation. In turn, the partnership will assist the State Regents in meeting student retention objectives and the state’s Complete College America degree and certificate completion goal to increase the number of college graduates by 67 percent by 2023.