Southeastern Oklahoma State University Strengthens Rose State University Aviation Partnership

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Southeastern Oklahoma State University has strengthened one of its many aviation education partnerships with other schools by arranging to offer classes through Rose State College, officials said.

In addition to the courses at Rose State, Southeastern will continue to provide instruction at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City Community College and Southeastern's campus in Durant, said David Conway, director of the Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern.

"We're a small school, with maybe about 4,000 students on campus, but we're pretty well-known for our aviation. We're probably carrying about 300 students in all those locations," Conway said. "I guess you could call us a sleeping giant. We just don't jump up and down and holler about it.

"There are some other great schools out there doing it, too," he said. "We're all in it to promote aviation."

Rose State will offer courses in aviation management with optional emphasis on safety, security, business and maintenance, Conway said. Southeastern's largest enrollment at more than 100 students is in its graduate program in aerospace administration and logistics, which will also be offered through Rose State.

Associate degrees can be conferred by Rose State, but more advanced degrees will bear Southeastern's name, he said.

Harve Allen, spokesman for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, said the aviation and aeronautics industry is large and diverse enough to provide noncompeting niches for several educational programs and career paths. He said the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University both have aviation management programs, for example; OSU also offers a master's program in logistics and OU has an air traffic control program. …


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