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May 29, 2008 :: State Regents Receive Three Quality Oklahoma 2008 Awards

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s cooperative alliance, ReachHigher and Early Education: Pathway to CDA programs received three first place Governor’s Commendations for Excellence awards during Quality Oklahoma Team Day at the State Capitol.

"These awards are an example of the State Regents’ commitment and dedication to excellence and teamwork,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “I am proud of Dr. Debra Stuart, Dr. Debbie Blanke and Gina McPherson on our staff and know they will continue our work to deliver quality educational services and programs to the state.”

Created in 2004, the State Regents and Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (CareerTech) collaborated to increase the enrollment in technical degree programs. Cooperative alliances allow adults and qualified high school or home-schooled students the opportunity to enroll in technical courses taught at partnering technology centers for college credit that leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or college certificate.

Beginning with three technology centers in fall 2005, currently all 29 technology centers and 16 higher education institutions in the state are participating in the initiative.

In 2004 the State Regents, along with business and industry leaders, education officials and former students began exploring an adult degree completion program that would help more than 69,000 Oklahomans return to college to finish their bachelor’s degrees. The result was the creation of a business-based degree offered by a collaboration of universities across the state through the ReachHigher program.

The program launched in 2007 with seven state regional universities participating, including Northeastern State University, which was chosen to lead the program. Students enrolled in the program earn a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership from one of the now eight participating institutions.

In response to the need for more opportunities for child care providers to access quality formal education, the State Regents collaborated with CareerTech, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development to implement the Early Education: Pathway to Child Development Association (CDA) program in 2007.

Child care providers enrolled in Pathway receive CDA training and preparation for the National CDA Credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. Through the program, students also have access to highly qualified educators, mentoring, technical assistance, career advisement and financial support.

Each year the Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management hosts Quality Oklahoma Team Day at the State Capitol to recognize projects completed by agency work teams that demonstrate employee initiative, collaboration and accomplishment.