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March 4, 2004 :: U.S. Rep. Tom Cole Discusses Higher Education Federal Funding on the Next ‘College Connection’

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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole joins the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Dr. Dolores Mize for a look at how Oklahoma’s higher education system and student preparation efforts compare nationally on this week’s “College Connection.”

Cole responds to questions about the impact current federal legislation has on higher education and the future of grants and student loans, while Mize, associate vice chancellor, discusses how Oklahoma students are benefiting from federal programs, such as GEAR UP.

In addition, “College Connection” guests discuss how employers, such as Tinker Air Force Base, are attempting to meet its employees’ needs by working with higher education to provide necessary training programs.

Norma Noble, deputy secretary of commerce for workforce development at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Altheda Anderson, program officer for the Tinker Education and Training Partnerships; and Hugh McCrabb, director of technical/occupational activity for the State Regents, discuss the impact a highly trained workforce has on the state’s economy.

“College Connection,” sponsored by the State Regents, will air Saturday, March 6 from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on KFAQ 1170 AM in Tulsa and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on KOMA-News/Talk 1520 AM in Oklahoma City.