The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Education

March 22, 2006

NWOSU, NOC adding more programs to fit Enid students

Ed Vineyard, vice president of Northern Oklahoma College, thinks the Enid branch of the school has a number of things to offer that help recruit students to the Enid junior college.

The first is being local. More than 90 percent of the students enrolled at NOC-Enid are local.

“The longer we’re here, the more people realize what a quality education they can get right here in Enid,” he said.

NOC opened its Enid branch in 1996 and in the last 10 years has gone from about 600 students to more than 1,200.

The original 600 students were mostly part-time and today’s scholars are mostly full-time students.

One new program that will be offered is an astronomy degree. Classes toward that degree, such as study of the planets and solar systems, will be added. The lead faculty member is Fritz Osell.

Osell has been discussing the classes with astronomy staff at the University of Oklahoma to make sure the NOC classes will join with theirs.

Another popular program experiencing growth is the criminal justice program. It started two years ago and already has 60 majors. It is a night degree program with students averaging nine to 10 hours per semester.

Sixty-two hours are required to complete the NOC degree.

An area Vineyard is especially proud of is serving the traditionally under represented portion of Enid population.

Minority enrollment at NOC is higher than the percentage of minorities in the Enid population.

“We’ve done a good job of reaching out to African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders here,” he said.

NOC offers associate degrees in child development, criminal justice, education, English, social science, general studies, business administration, medicine pre-professional, pharmacy pre-professional, nursing, biology/zoology and professional pilot training.

NOC also offers about 20 cooperative degrees with technology centers, mostly in health and electronics.

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