State Regents recognize Northwestern, City of Alva, Alva Recreation Authority Partnership

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State Regents recognize Northwestern, City of Alva, Alva Recreation Authority Partnership

May 12, 2011

 Economic Development in Alva
(from left) Dr. Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents; David Pecha, vice president for administration; Dr. Patti Wilber, associate dean for economic development; Steven Brown, city manager for the City of Alva; and Dave Lopez, secretary of Commerce and Tourism for the state of Oklahoma, were pictured during the recognition for their partnership. This partnership has created great opportunities for the City of Alva and Northwestern.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University was among 21 business and higher education partnerships throughout the state recognized for their innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Partnership Recognition Program is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses, and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

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 partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.

“Oklahoma’s colleges and universities are working to improve Oklahoma's economic future by partnering with area businesses to provide our State’s workforce with expanded education and training opportunities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. Through these efforts, students receive hands-on, career-related experiences that better prepare them for entry into today’s business world.”

“Higher Education provides the most efficient path toward a better trained workforce, which in turn will strengthen Oklahoma’s position in the global marketplace.”

Through a partnership between Northwestern, the city of Alva and the Alva Recreation Authority, a one-cent sales tax passed in May 1999 to support economic development in Alva. Half of the sales tax proceeds were earmarked to build the Alva Recreation Park, and the other half goes to Northwestern for scholarships to new students attending the Alva campus.

To date, more than $2 million has been collected and used for scholarships. Northwestern agreed to add two new women’s sports, softball and soccer, and the teams play their games on fields constructed at the Alva Recreation Park.

More details about the partnerships will be available on the State Regents’ website at www.okhighered.org/econ-dev.

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