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OCU and OCCC Partner to Cultivate Future Community Leaders - 2024

by Cady Lewis

Man speaking in microphone and man at podium with OCU logo and OCCC logo behind him
Left: Herman Meinders speaks about the impact of the articulation agreement between OCU and OCCC at the press conference last April. Right: Adam Ryburn, assistant provost, welcomes the large crowd to the articulation agreement signing event.

On April 13, leadership from Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma City Community College met to formally sign an articulation agreement creating a pathway for OCCC students to continue their studies and earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing or business at OCU.

Oklahoma City Community College is the largest community college in the Oklahoma City metro. OCCC students can earn two-year associate degrees as well as one- or two-year certificates, focused on career training and development, during their studies at the college. Many students wish to continue their studies after a two-year program and move on to earn a bachelor’s degree. This agreement makes an OCU education more attainable for these students.

“We love the idea of knowing that Oklahoma City’s best and brightest scholars can stay close to home for the duration of their academic journey, and we want OCCC students to know they are welcome at our university,” said Adam Ryburn, OCU’s assistant provost. With the establishment of the partnership, the worries that can come with the journey to a bachelor’s degree are lessened for students from OCCC.

“Oklahoma City Community College is honored to partner with Oklahoma City University to educate and empower the next generation of leaders in business and health care,” said Mautra Staley Jones, OCCC president. “OCCC and OCU’s articulation agreement and the generous scholarship support from Herman Meinders will help OCCC students reach success in their academic and career goals.”

These scholarship dollars are stackable with other merit-based university scholarships, which aids in making an OCU education possible. The agreement specifically highlights the need in the local community for more healthcare and business trained individuals. In-demand professionals can be educated and provided with scholarships to lessen the financial stressors that often come with furthering their education.

Through this partnership, the doors are opened wider so that more students can call OCU home while specifically providing funding for OCCC students who want to continue their education, earn a bachelor’s degree and join our community.

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