The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 9, 2013

University Center ribbon-cutting Thursday

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A ceremonial ribbon-cutting and open house at Enid High School’s University Center will be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.

First on the schedule will be a brief program and ribbon-cutting on the south side of the building, which is located at the northeast corner of the high school, 611 W. Wabash.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, an EHS graduate, will speak.

UC, with 20 classrooms, is home to a full slate of advanced placement and dual-credit course offerings. The high school has formed partnerships with Northern Oklahoma College, Autry Technology Center and the College Board to enable students to earn enough credit to be college sophomores before they leave high school.

Students taking these classes can save up to $30,000 in higher education costs.

“The University Center will open doors for our students that might not otherwise be possible, and we couldn’t be more proud to share it with the community,” said Shawn Hime, superintendent of Enid Public Schools. “We want every student to have the opportunity to begin their college career before they leave our classrooms. Next to safety and relationships, nothing is more important than providing the rigorous education they need to be successful.”

EHS provides textbooks for high school- and college-level classes free of charge.

The new building also addresses the issue of much-needed classroom space at EHS.

During the ribbon-cutting and open house, the district also will celebrate two new partnerships that will enhance the new facility’s academic offerings: the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship and the National Math and Science Initiative.

Through the Enid Public School Foundation and the Ray Davis Family Trust, EHS seniors in financial need will receive assistance with college-related fees. The scholarship program is named in honor of the late Vicki and Kevin Davis, who believed in the importance and power of education.

EHS is one of only three schools in the state selected for a NMSI grant this school year. The program offers national-caliber professional development training for teachers, and provides support and incentives for students taking Advanced Placement coursework.