This week I learned more about the histories of two of Oklahoma’s institutions for higher education.
Both were gearing up to celebrate milestone anniversaries.
Oklahoma City Community College will celebrate its 35th birthday on Tuesday. OCCC is one of the state’s newer two-year colleges but also one of the fastest growing. It opened with 1,049 students in 1972 but now is the fifth largest higher education campus in Oklahoma with nearly 20,000 students.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University is one of our oldest institutions, established a decade before statehood. Tomorrow they celebrate 110 years of educating students, having grown from 58 students attending classes in a rented church building in 1897 to a main campus in Alva and branch campuses in Enid and Woodward.
Many more Oklahoma colleges and universities will celebrate milestone anniversaries in coming months and years. The events are a reminder of the continuing will of Oklahomans to better their lives and provide quality education to future generations.
Happy Birthday to them all!
Susan Simpson, Education Writer