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Education and Schools in McAlester, OK

With a state college, a prominent technology center and a thriving public school system, educational opportunities abound in McAlester for all ages.

By Kari Kynard Ridge on June 23, 2014

Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester, OK

With schools, classes and courses for every age and interest, McAlester has a long history of educating students in southeastern Oklahoma.

Higher Education

After opening in 1908 as a mining engineering school, Eastern Oklahoma State College today offers many two-year degrees and certificate programs in business, nursing, and science and mathematics. EOSC’s McAlester campus, located on 17 acres in the northeast industrial park, has 29 classrooms, interactive TV classrooms, computer labs and a library. Offering associate degrees in criminal justice, child development, and psychology and sociology, among others, the McAlester campus also allows students to take courses and earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Central University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Trish McBeath, EOSC director of communications and marketing, says the majority of Eastern’s McAlester students are nontraditional, evening students.

“The McAlester campus provides a convenient opportunity for those students to attend college classes close to home, while balancing their class schedules with their families and careers,” McBeath says.

Technical Training

With its largest Oklahoma campus in McAlester, the Kiamichi Technical Center provides learning opportunities for high school students and adults. Kiamichi Tech is part of Oklahoma’s network of technology centers offering specialized career training in 90 instructional areas for high school students seeking transferrable college credits, for adults seeking job skills and business training, and for business and industry.

Statewide, Kiamichi trains more than 2,500 students in full-time programs and more than 20,000 students in short-term classes. Programs in emergency medical services, health science and automotive service technology are offered at the McAlester campus, as well as short-term job training courses in the business, medical and legal fields. The courses cover a myriad of subjects, such as the popular phlebotomy and armed security classes.

Public Schools

McAlester Public Schools, home of the Buffaloes, include nine facilities to educate local students from early childhood through high school. There are three elementary schools, along with three early childhood centers, Parker Intermediate Center for fifth- and sixth- grade students, Puterbaugh Middle School and McAlester High School, which also houses the alternative school, Key Academy, for at-risk students.

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