College Partnerships in Workforce Development

Broken Arrow's colleges and universities strive to educate and train a better workforce.

By
On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 17:20
Broken Arrow OK

Educators in Broken Arrow take teaching to the next level with partnerships and programs that have one common goal: to produce a skilled workforce. High schools routinely collaborate with local universities and colleges to create a seamless transition to higher educational opportunities, while employers tap into the area's well-trained workforce.

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow Campus

Northeastern State University features three campuses with its newest campus in Broken Arrow. The campus was recently expanded and is home to more than 3,000 upper-class and graduate students. The majority of these students are working adults who take advantage of NSU's flexible class scheduling. The campus accommodates its unique student population by offering classes that meet only once or twice a week, weekend seminars, workshops, and online courses. The university also has a partnership with Tulsa Community College to allow TCC students to transfer to NSU to complete a bachelor's degree without losing college credits.

The Broken Arrow community and Tulsa County citizens built the campus through tax referendums, creating a strong, collaborative foundation with the university. Many local groups use the facilities for meetings and conferences, and the university sponsors various events throughout the community. Another important aspect about the NSU BA is the seamless transition of education from the various schools in the district, providing lifelong learning opportunities. There is frequent collaboration with area P-12 school districts to encourage success within the education system, as well as concurrent enrollment access for high school students.

Tulsa Tech

Tulsa Tech has six campuses throughout the Tulsa metro area, offering many free educational opportunities to Broken Arrow students with the chance to earn college credits. Nearly 700 high school students attend classes at the Tulsa Tech's Broken Arrow campus. The center features full-time training in a variety of careers from cosmetology to machining, and many part-time class options are offered as well.

Tulsa Tech recently expanded and remodeled the Broken Arrow campus and offers automotive service and machining programs.

"Broken Arrow and Northeast Oklahoma have a high concentration of manufacturing jobs," says Tony Heaberlin, chief communications officer at Tulsa Tech. "The skills students hone while at Tulsa Tech are in high demand by area employers."

There is a tight connection between Tulsa Tech and the community, and the Broken Arrow campus hosts a variety of events, including a back-to-school bash for the high school students and Friday night silent movies.

Tulsa Community College

Tulsa Community College is the largest community college in the state and offers more than 200 associate degrees and certificate of completion programs. The college features four fully-equipped campuses and several smaller community campuses. Tulsa Community College helps 35,000 students obtain college credits and partake in continuing education programs each year.

The college is committed to offering various educational opportunities to the community. One popular feature Tulsa Community College provides each year is the summer youth programs. It offers various camps to children ages 5-18. The program is award-winning and will be turned into a year-round opportunity for community members.