July 30, 2001
RSU and Tulsa Technology Center Announce Cooperative Agreement
Rogers State University and Tulsa Technology Center have announced a cooperative educational agreement allowing TTC students to earn college credit for their technical classes toward a two or four-year degree in applied technology at RSU.
The cooperative agreement was approved on Monday, July 30, by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents - RSU's governing board.
Through the agreement, students may complete 30 hours of technical classes at TTC and 30 hours of general education classes at RSU for a total of 60 hours required to receive RSU's associate of applied science in applied technology. All general education classes at RSU may be completed via the Internet, or through traditional on-site instruction at RSU's main campus in Claremore.
Students would then have the option of continuing their education at RSU to earn the bachelor of technology in applied technology (also available online) - the only program of its kind in northeast Oklahoma.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for TTC students to earn college credit for their technical studies," said TTC Superintendent Gene Callahan "Not only will students benefit from one of the best career tech programs in the nation, they also can take 30 hours of general education and receive a college degree, significantly broadening their knowledge base and enhancing their marketability."
The RSU-TTC agreement was inspired by a "statement of cooperation" adopted by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which committed the two state agencies to work together for the mutual benefit of students and Oklahoma taxpayers.
"The agreement is a win-win situation for students and all involved," said RSU President Joe Wiley. "Higher education opportunities for students will be expanded and state institutions will be able to share resources."
The co-enrollment program is available to TTC students enrolled in the following areas: carpentry technology, welding technology, machining technology, surgical technology, medium-heavy duty truck service, telecommunications, Cisco networking or manufacturing technology.
Students would complete one of five options available under RSU's two-year applied technology degree, including transportation management, construction management, manufacturing management, business, information, and engineering technologies, and public and health services.
Students enrolled in the manufacturing management program may complete all requirements for the degree at the new RSU-TTC training center at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
Students will pay tuition to the institution offering the classes they are taking, and may qualify for financial aid or scholarships from that institution. RSU credit for TTC technical classes will be free of cost to the student. Advising will be provided by both institutions.
The program is open to all adult students 18 years or older who meet admission requirements of both institutions. High school students who meet certain requirements may take classes and receive credit "in escrow."
RSU has established similar cooperative agreements with Northeast Technology Centers in Pryor and Kansas, Okla., and with Central Technology Center in Drumright and Sapulpa. Personnel in the U.S. Navy also may receive college credit for their Navy training and experience toward the applied technology degree through the RSU-Navy Education Program.
For more information on the joint program, or on RSU's associate's and bachelor's degrees in applied technology, call the university's enrollment center at (918) 343-7546, or Debbie Kirkpatrick at TTC at (918) 828-5352.