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July 23, 2019 - Oklahomans Can Explore Opportunities to Return to College During Reach Higher: RECONNECT Week

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Oklahomans across the state who have successfully completed some college coursework, but have not yet finished a college degree will have the unique opportunity to submit college admission applications, receive advisement and financial aid counseling, and enroll in college classes with support from knowledgeable staff members during the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Reach Higher: RECONNECT Week, July 27-Aug. 1.

Reach Higher: RECONNECT Week is a series of coordinated student recruitment events to be held at 19 participating Reach Higher campuses across the state. Specific services to be provided, special events planned throughout the week, and extended service hours vary from campus to campus. A complete list of participating institutions, event sites and activities is available at www.ReconnectOK.org.

“We are excited to show Oklahomans the adult-friendly degree completion options available to them through Reach Higher,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “With many campuses offering extended hours and Saturday events, Reach Higher: RECONNECT Week presents a valuable opportunity for adult students seeking to complete their degrees, providing immediate, personal guidance to support them through the application, enrollment and financial aid processes.”

Reach Higher, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s adult degree completion initiative, offers two distinct degree completion program strands for adult learners.

Reach Higher: FlexFinish offers flexible enrollment and online options to working adults who wish to pursue an associate degree in enterprise development or a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership at one of 21 participating colleges and universities in Oklahoma. Regional universities offering the FlexFinish bachelor’s degree program are: Cameron University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Community college and technical branch campuses offering the FlexFinish associate program are: Carl Albert State College, Connors State College, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Murray State College, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Redlands Community College, Rose State College, Seminole State College, Tulsa Community College and Western Oklahoma State College.

Reach Higher: DirectComplete offers adult students the opportunity to complete a degree program connected with workforce development needs that align with Oklahoma’s 100 Critical Occupations list. OSRHE, in cooperation with workforce boards, business, tribal agencies, nonprofits and higher education institution partners, works to leverage financial support and other services to help adult students complete their degrees with minimal personal cost. Participating colleges and universities are: the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Cameron University, Langston University, Rogers State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Connors State College, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Oklahoma City Community College, Tulsa Community College, Western Oklahoma State College and College of the Muscogee Nation.

The primary goals of Reach Higher: RECONNECT Week are to increase awareness of the adult-friendly degree completion options available through the Reach Higher initiative, encourage adults who have completed some college credit to complete their degrees, increase awareness of the value of completing a college degree, and help adult learners establish relationships with colleges and universities that will lead to enrollment. Reach Higher: RECONNECT Week is supported by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education through a grant from Lumina Foundation.

For a complete list of participating institutions, services available and special events on the campuses, or for more information about Reach Higher: RECONNECT Week, visit www.ReconnectOK.org. For more information about the Reach Higher degree programs, visit www.reachhigherok.org.

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Lumina envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. The Foundation’s goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.