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Find Your Future in STEM at OSU-OKC
 
It’s inevitable; science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, are the driving forces behind the economic future of our state. So what’s the problem? There simply are not enough qualified graduates to meet the workforce demands of STEM-related jobs. To meet these demands, OSU-Oklahoma City plans to provide more STEM-based education. Effective immediately, OSU-OKC’s Division of Science and Engineering will be renamed the Division of STEM.
 
More than a name change, the Division of STEM joins four discrete subjects into a single cohesive learning system, so all concepts are reinforced across the whole educational experience. The programs are designed to enable students to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree upon completion of an associate’s degree, or immediately enter the workforce.
 
In addition to aligning with national and state trends, the new division will better position OSU-OKC to form partnerships with local schools, community groups, industries, and other area colleges and universities to strategically plan for student success in high-demand fields.  Moreover, the natural synergies among the individual departments will be strengthened.
 
A recent example of the success of STEM education at OSU-OKC is a new partnership with Tinker Air Force Base (AFB). The university teamed up with Tinker to develop the Tinker AFB Enhanced Education for Electronics Engineering Technician (4ET) program aimed at preparing their employees for potential careers as electrical engineering technicians.
 
“The Enhanced Education for Electronics Engineering Technician program is another great example of our focus on developing and caring for our people,” said Kevin O’Connor, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex vice director. “Across the complex, we have a high demand for technical and engineering skills. This innovative partnership with OSU-OKC prepares some of our brightest stars for new careers as electronics technicians. The 4ET program is an exciting step toward meeting the increasing demand for STEM personnel, which is both a challenge and priority for the Air Force.”

Among the other important partnerships with OSU-OKC’s Division of STEM is one with OGE. The collaboration has created Oklahoma’s only Associate in Applied Science degree programs in electrical power technology and wind turbine technology, as well as Oklahoma’s only wind turbine technology certificate.
 
In addition, OSU-OKC students who pursue these degree programs may have the opportunity to apply for the OGE Energy Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to attract, recruit and retain a diverse workforce in the Oklahoma City area. 
 
The Division of STEM will allow for all concepts to be reinforced across the whole educational experience allowing for increased opportunities for students to gain the guidance and training they need to excel in the workforce.
 
For more information on OSU-OKC’s Division of STEM, contact Patty Webb, STEM division secretary, at 405-945-3220 or plwebb@osuokc.edu.
 
For more information on the OGE Energy Scholarship, visit osuokc.edu/ogescholarship.
 
 
 
 
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