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May 2011

OCCC Dedicates FACE Center


The new OCCC Family and Community Education (FACE) Center is located at 6500 S. Land Ave. in Oklahoma City.

Joined by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson and additional education, community and city leaders Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) formally dedicated the new OCCC Family and Community Education (FACE) Center on Wednesday, March 30.

The newly renovated center, located at 6500 S. Land Ave., was donated to OCCC by the Western Heights Public School District with help from the City of Oklahoma City.

Speaking at the dedication ceremonies were OCCC President Paul Sechrist, Cornett, Western Heights School Superintendent Joe Kitchens, Johnson, and FACE Center students, parents and community members.

FACE received its first occupants last summer when the OCCC Community Outreach and Education (COE) department officially moved to its new home. Recently, the OCCC Child Development Center and Lab School (CDCLS) joined COE in the facility, formerly John Glenn Elementary School.

In addition to offering top-rate early childhood education, FACE assists community members in attaining their General Equivalency Diploma (GED), and provides classrooms for COE's non-credit courses, including free adult basic education classes.

With the addition of the FACE Center, OCCC is now able to utilize well over 75,000 square feet of more space and have access to a 5,767-square-foot gymnasium. Ten classrooms were designed especially for use by the COE department, while 23 classrooms were designed for the CDCLS. In addition, one classroom has been designated for multi use function.

“The location of the facility is perfect – we are definitely ‘in’ the community,” said Dr. Mary McCoy, OCCC Child Development Center and Lab School director. “Of course, the tremendous amount of space we have to plan and implement innovative programs is also beneficial.”

The additional space allows for the expansion of OCCC’s popular evening child care option for students as well as hosting various community programs including parenting sessions; the Children’s Oral Health Fair; the Children’s Annual Art Display; and the Annual CDCLS Early Childhood Conference in May.

“We are also able to serve more college students for observations and labs, and work together with Community Outreach and Education on a common goal,” McCoy added.

“This new facility provides the classroom space and the technology COE has so desperately needed to conduct our non-credit programs,” said Jessica Martinez- Brooks, OCCC Community Outreach and Education director. “Also, our programs and teaching staff have grown rapidly. The FACE Center has allowed us to provide classrooms, teacher workrooms and staff and counseling offices that ultimately better serve our students and the community.”

Other programs at the FACE Center include the Summer Kids Camps for students in grades first through eighth, and adult personal enrichment classes that allow adults to learn dance, language, computers, driver safety and music. Also, ACT Prep Workshops, adult continuing education classes, English as a Second Language and more are offered at the FACE center.

For more information about the FACE Center, please call (405) 682-7859.

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