OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education on Friday entered into three work force development
partnerships designed to help advance the state's economic growth.
The partnerships with the U.S. Navy, CACI Inc. and FlexForce are
the first of their kind between Oklahoma's system of higher education
and business and military organizations. Typically, work force
development agreements are made with individual colleges and
In a similar action, Regents also awarded a $125,000 economic
development grant to the Center for Aging Systems and Infrastructure
to support engineering research for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics
Center at Tinker Air Force Base.
The partnerships will be coordinated and administered through the
Oklahoma Higher Education Office of System Advancement and Economic
Regents established the office earlier this year to coordinate and
provide leadership for economic development activities throughout
Oklahoma's college and university system.
"When we established higher education's Office of System
Advancement and Economic Development last January, we envisioned
systemwide partnerships capable of propelling Oklahoma into a new era
of growth and vitality," said Chancellor Hans Brisch. "We are
pleased to see that vision beginning to take root.
"Institutions have different strengths, and the partnerships we
are entering today are proof that by coordinating these assets, we
can produce powerful development programs that business, industry and
the military can use to educate, train and advance their
organizations for generations to come," Brisch said.
Under the partnerships, the State Regents will coordinate
resources provided by Oklahoma colleges and universities to meet
specific work force needs.
For example, in response to requests from the U.S. Navy for
college-level education opportunities, Oklahoma higher education will
be one of two systems in the country to help the U.S. Navy establish
a talented pool of technicians through degree programs focusing on
fiber optics, electronics, communications and other high-tech fields.
Also, Navy service men and women who are pursuing a college degree
may receive college credit for some of their military training.
"The U.S. Navy, and especially Navy Recruiting Districts in Dallas
and Kansas City, is proud to be partners with the Oklahoma State
Regents for Higher Education in work force development," said
Commander Mark McDaniel, U.S. Navy Recruiting District, Dallas.
"They are true visionaries with the insight and `spirit' to make
things happen. Hopefully, many Oklahoma students will take advantage
of the new degree programs offered at Oklahoma colleges to expand
their education and obtain their degrees. We look forward to this
distinctive partnership with great expectations," McDaniel said.
Commander John M. Persyn, U.S. Navy Recruiting District, Kansas
City, said the agreement between the Oklahoma State Regents and the
U.S. Navy highlights the common commitment to prepare today's young
people for economic, technical and societal challenges.
"The State of Oklahoma has taken the lead position and will
undoubtedly be modeled by other states as we build similar
partnerships nationally," Persyn said
Regents also entered a partnership with CACI. …