Muskogee, OK Education Opportunities

Education institutions give Muskogee a competitive advantage

By
Teree Caruthers
On Monday, July 13, 2015 - 21:40

Residents of the greater Muskogee area have multiple choices for top public schools and higher education institutions, all of which help prepare students to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.

Higher Education

Connors State College has its main campus in Warner as well as a Three Rivers Port Campus in Muskogee on North 41st Street East. The latest addition to the Port Campus is a new Nursing & Allied Health Building. Tuition-free scholarships are being offered to Muskogee County residents who pursue allied health education at Connors in exchange for their commitment to work two years in the county.

The Three Rivers Port Campus is adjacent to Indian Capital Technology Center, which offers technical training and certification for students and employee training for area businesses. Other higher education options include Bacone College, a liberal arts college committed to Christian values; and Northeastern State University, whose Muskogee campus recently introduced an occupational therapy lab and curriculum because Oklahoma ranks at the top of states needing occupational therapy professionals.

Muskogee Public Schools

More than 6,000 students attend the Muskogee Public Schools system, with facilities that include an early childhood center, eight elementary schools, a junior high school and two high schools. Also part of MPS is Benjamin Franklin Science Academy, a magnet school for pre-K through eighth grade that focuses on learning using scientific methods. New Tech Academy at Alice Robertson Junior High School is for sixth- and seventh-graders interested in a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. Sadler Arts Academy is a magnet school designed to give students the opportunity to learn creatively, using the arts to achieve high academic performance. Meanwhile, all MPS high school juniors and seniors can take concurrent college-credit classes through Bacone College and Connors State College.

Muskogee Area Education Consortium

Public schools, technical schools and higher education institutions are part of the Muskogee Area Educational Consortium, whose members meet monthly to work toward strengthening the region's educational systems and keeping the pipeline of skilled workers flowing to industry. One of the Consortium’s focal points is incorporating STEM into the curriculum at all grade levels. It hosts an annual math and engineering design competition for grades 6-12.

Muskogee Private Schools

Parents and students who prefer private school instruction also have options in Muskogee, including St. Joseph Catholic School and Boulevard Christian School. Fully accredited, St.Joseph School offers students in pre-K through eighth grade academics, music, Spanish and extracurricular sports in a Catholic environment. Boulevard Christian School, opened in 1977, offers students from preschool through 12th grade academics, art, music and athletics. 

Muskogee Public Library

Muskogee Public Library provides residents with a host of learning opportunities, including a Learn-Create-Share Summer Tech Camp for students in first through 12th grades and a Video Game Code Camp for two weeks each summer. MPL offers remote and on-site access to instructional videos covering topics ranging from photography and design software to social media.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Teree Caruthers is a communications and content marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience creating engaging content for corporate clients and nonprofit organizations across the c