The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Education 2011

February 26, 2011

Commentary: Enid’s higher education campuses play a crucial role in future of the city

ENID — Higher education in Enid has been a priority almost since the day the land run populated this region in 1893, and today the commitment toward providing Enid and area residents the chance to improve their lives is as strong as the pioneer spirit in our city.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College had a presence in this town long before the buildings in the eastern part of Enid revealed their physical existence.

Now, both boast beautiful campuses that are connected not only virtually in an effort to provide continued higher education but physically as well with a bridge that joins the two universities’ grounds.

Classes offered here and through interactive technology provide traditional and non-traditional students chances to continue or improve education and their lives.

Both offer a variety of courses and degrees that are sending out graduates with the latest information into fields that will continue to have a future right here in our city.

That is important in today’s world that is growing so fast we never will see again those days of yesteryear where an eight-hour whistle ended our work day and we went home with family.

Today’s employee must juggle careers and family, and higher education is key toward meeting goals. Many employers won’t let a resume cross their desks without higher education as a part of it.

But offering keys to the doors of the future for students is not the only priority of Enid’s universities. Both are part of the community and administrators, personnel and staff continue to meet needs to further the growth and prosperity of the city and region.

Education will continue to be a huge part of economy in Enid and economic development of northwest Oklahoma as a whole.

Hassler is special projects editor for the News & Eagle.

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    The 4-H objective is to help youth develop into useful and responsible citizens and leaders. The national organization also promotes activities that help members develop a cooperative spirit.

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  • Enid_Foundation_BV.jpg Building the foundations

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  • Progress_EnidLearningCenter_BV.jpg Understanding more than the subject matter

    As owner and director of Enid Learning Academy, Kevin Klamm said he specialized in reading and math. He also offers ACT preparation.

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  • Math_Mania_2_BH.jpg Taking on their problems

    Jan Martin, Title 1 math teacher at Longfellow Middle School, and Chris Smith, early childhood coordinator for Enid Public Schools, answer questions students call in to the PEGASYS program.

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  • Besty_Marby_1_BH.jpg Singing praises of unsung heroes

    Betsy is in her third year as a member of Oklahoma State Board of Education. She currently teaches science part time at Oklahoma Bible Academy — teaching students in grades six and eight — but previously taught 20 years at Enid Public Schools.

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  • Ranger_Sunset_BH.jpg Commentary: Enid’s higher education campuses play a crucial role in future of the city

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College had a presence in this town long before the buildings in the eastern part of Enid revealed their physical existence.

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  • Transit_2_BH.jpg Get educated about Transit

    Kim Watkins, director of Enid Transit, spoke at a recent career fair and said officials discovered a number of students had problems with transportation.

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  • Constitution_Team_BH.jpg Students enjoy class for political reasons

    As the 22 members of Enid High School’s Constitution team drill and prepare for April’s final competition in Washington, D.C., they work on, and constantly revise, their essay.

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