McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

May 10, 2013

State Regents recognize Eastern Oklahoma State College and Choctaw Nation Health Center partnership


Submitted report

McALESTER — Eastern Oklahoma State College was among 27 business and higher education partnerships throughout the state recognized for innovative collaborations that strengthen Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships for current students of the institutions to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the tuition waivers.

“These successful partnerships link real-world business experiences to the higher education process,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “One of the key benefits from these partnerships is the results-driving solutions generated to resolve business problems.”

This year, Eastern Oklahoma State College partnered with the Choctaw Nation Health Center. The Choctaw Nation Health Center has a long-standing partnership with EOSC in training health care workers in southeastern Oklahoma. Health center employees have attended and facilitated student learning in a simulated learning environment at the EOSC nursing skills lab. Students also utilize equipment within the hospital setting at the health center.

The work students do within the cardiac simulation lab provides them with a better understanding of trauma care equipment. In addition, this partnership is invaluable in providing funding to students in EOSC’s nursing program through scholarships and grants. Many graduates have also obtained gainful employment with Choctaw Nation health care services upon passing the National Council Licensure Examination.