Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Colleges Offer Degrees to Busy Tinker Air Force Base Personnel

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Colleges Offer Degrees to Busy Tinker Air Force Base Personnel

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In June, about 260 civilian employees and military personnel were honored for receiving college degrees at Tinker Air Force Base's academic recognition reception.

The 260 degrees were awarded by six different higher education institutions through classes offered at the Tinker Education Center on the base.

All six colleges have representatives at the Tinker Education Center, as students must have access to the base as civilian employees or as military personnel, said Lola M. King, education services officer for Tinker Air Force Base.

Degrees earned by the students at the Tinker Education Center ranged from associate's degrees to master's degrees. Classes are scheduled around military work schedules, King said.

Rose State College in Midwest City, with its campus only about two miles from the base, provides basic education courses for the program.

"We support the other colleges offering courses at Tinker with our general education classes," said Bob Pierce, coordinator of education services for Rose State.

The other five colleges offering degrees through classes at Tinker are the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Webster University and Park University.

Pierce's office is at the Tinker Education Center.

"Our office is a full-service office," he said. "We can provide all the services you can get on campus including counseling and enrollment," he said.

Classes offered by Rose State at Tinker include math, English and history.

"We also teach a few business and computer courses," Pierce said.

About 166 students are enrolled at Tinker in Rose State courses during the current eight-week session. About 100 students are already enrolled for classes for the eight-week session starting in October, he said.

Since the students have full-time jobs, classes are scheduled around workdays. Some students take classes both on base and on the Rose State campus.

Rose State offers classes at night and during lunch. …

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