Oklahoma Higher Ed Regents: “Thousands” Educated in Tinker/Rose State Partnership

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have issued a release honoring the business partnership between Rose State College and Tinker Air Force Base.

Officials with Tinker Air Force Base lauded the news that the state regents were recognizing the Rose State/Tinker partnership.

"The partnership with Rose State greatly enhances our ability to perform our critical national defense missions," said Tinker partnership liaison Belinda Woods. "This cooperative effort plays a significant role in our ability to meet the diverse and demanding education and training needs of Tinker AFB."

Rose State was highlighted by the State Regents in a release issued Wednesday, May 5.

“Rose State College and Tinker Air Force Base – The partnership between RSC and the Force Development Division at TAFB was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Education Training Partnership,” the regents write. “As a result of their efforts, thousands of TAFB employees have enrolled in and successfully completed a variety of college-level courses. As the workforce development policy unit of Oklahoma’s largest aerospace employer, TAFB endeavors to establish and sustain viable partnerships with universities, colleges, high schools, technology centers and industry representatives to foster and promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.”

Stan Greil, Rose State’s Vice President of Workforce Development, said the Rose State/Tinker partnership benefits not just the college, community and state, but is important for the nation due to Tinker’s prominence in national security.

“We have a strategic partnership with Tinker Air Force Base that transcends the military/civilian relationship,” Greil said. “We provide business and management training for their personnel, college classes for enlisted and their families, and cooperate together in other ventures. Working with Tinker is a privilege of which we are very proud.”

The Rose State/Tinker partnership is one of twenty-two such business/education partnerships throughout the state providing educational opportunities for the community, according to the Higher Regents release. Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses, internships for current students of the institutions to work at the partnering businesses, faculty externships with the partnering businesses, and/or enhancement of the partnership with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.

“To improve Oklahoma's future, we need higher education and businesses to develop successful partnerships and training programs. Through these partnerships, students receive hands-on, career-related experiences and better preparation for college,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “With these partnerships in place, Oklahoma can better train future employees and strengthen its position in the global marketplace.”
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