Oct. 11, 2001
Made at WorldCom in Tulsa
RSU and Carl Albert Team Up To Offer Technology
State University and Carl Albert State College
are teaming up to offer a four-year technology
degree to the employees of WorldCom and other
technology companies across Oklahoma.
and Carl Albert recently signed an agreement at
the WorldCom offices in Tulsa to offer education
and training to employees of WorldCom and a
variety of other technology companies.
students will be granted credit for their
two-year associate's degrees from Carl Albert
toward a new four-year bachelor's degree in
applied technology at RSU as a result of the
articulation agreement between the schools.
employees may take classes from Carl Albert on
site at the company's facilities at the
Cherokee Industrial Park in Tulsa, then may
complete all requirements for RSU's
bachelor's degree in applied technology via
the Internet or by traveling the short distance
to RSU's main campus in Claremore.
relationship between RSU and Carl Albert will
provide broader educational opportunities for
WorldCom employees and employees at other
technology companies who are looking to expand
their telecom and technology knowledge," said
Rich Zwicker, senior vice president of network
management and technical support at WorldCom.
new bachelor's degree in applied technology is
the only such program in northeast Oklahoma –
and one of a few in the state – to provide a
four-year education in an applied technology
bachelor's degree in applied technology is
tailor made for employees of technology
companies who wish to gain a well-rounded
education and rise into supervisory or
management positions within their company,"
said RSU President Joe Wiley.
graduates of Carl Albert's two-year program in
telecommunications have become employed at
WorldCom and other technology companies in the
state. In addition, Carl Albert and WorldCom
have developed a telecommunications internship
program for students.
the past three years we have had an internship
program with WorldCom which provides our
students with real-world experience in
telecommunications, and many of them have been
employed by WorldCom after obtaining their
associate's degree," said Joe E. White,
president of Carl Albert State College, located
in Poteau, Okla. "This new relationship with
RSU will now enable them to get their
bachelor's degree and even further enhance
their careers in telecommunications at
bachelor of technology in applied technology is
designed to provide an educational foundation in
the arts and sciences for students who have
received a two-year associate of applied science
degree. The new bachelor's degree combines
technical and managerial training to enhance
professional career opportunities, Wiley said.
qualify for the program, students must complete
the required general education and technical
courses at Carl Albert to gain admission to the
bachelor of technology program at RSU. Then
students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of
courses at RSU for a total of 120 semester hours
to earn the bachelor's degree. Carl Albert
students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0
grade point average on all coursework to enter
is a regional four-year university serving more
than 2,800 students on its main campus in
Claremore and at branch campuses in Bartlesville
and Pryor. RSU offers six bachelor's degrees
and a wide variety of associate's degrees. RSU
is a national pioneer in distance education and
was the first public university in Oklahoma to
offer bachelor's and associate's degrees
entirely via the Internet.
Albert State College is a two-year college
serving more than 3,000 students in eastern
Oklahoma from its three campuses in Poteau,
Sallisaw and Idabel.
institutions recorded major enrollment increases
more information, call RSU at (918) 343-7546 or
Carl Albert at (918) 647-1200.