The Northern Oklahoma College Classroom Building in Stillwater is officially open. A ceremony to dedicate the building was held Friday afternoon and included Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, NOC President Cheryl Evans and OSU President Burns Hargis.
NOC is the state’s oldest community college and hosts the Gateway Program in collaboration with Oklahoma State University, allowing those that don’t meet the admission requirements a way to prepare for OSU.
"I congratulate Northern Oklahoma College and President Cheryl Evans on the dedication of the new classroom building on Oklahoma State University’s campus," said higher education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. "The innovative educational partnership between these two institutions and this state-of-the-art facility expand learning opportunities and enrich the academic experience for Oklahoma students as they pursue their college degrees and prepare to enter our workforce as globally competitive graduates."
The new facility opened its doors for instruction on Aug. 20. The building brings all NOC Stillwater programs under one roof; replacing the NOC classrooms that were located at Cowboy Mall on Hall of Fame Avenue and in the North Classroom Building on the OSU Stillwater campus. It also includes NOC nursing facilities that were formerly housed at Fountain Square in Stillwater.
“We have already heard so much positive feedback from individuals about how the quality of their learning experience has improved in our new location,” Evans said. “This facility will enhance the opportunities for Stillwater students in the Gateway program to achieve their goals at Oklahoma State University. We are proud to be partners in this program that helps so many more people fulfill their dreams to finish orange.”
“We congratulate NOC and President Evans on this great facility and significant step,” said OSU's Hargis. “Oklahoma State’s Gateway partnership with NOC is a model for others and is helping the state of Oklahoma improve retention and graduation rates.”
The Gateway Program, established in 2003, is celebrating its 15th year in 2018. NOC Stillwater serves 450 full-time students enrolled in at least 12 hours and 1,475 part-time students who are enrolled in at least one course.
In addition to Chancellor Johnson and Presidents Evans and Hargis, the ceremony also included OSU/A&M Board of Regents Chair Calvin Anthony, NOC Board of Regents Chair Chad Dillingham, NOC Vice President for NOC Stillwater Sherry Alexander, Flinto Executive Vice President/President Central Region David Kollman and Studio Architecture’s David Wendling.
Following the dedication and ribbon cutting open house tours were held to give those in attendance a close-up look at the facility.