Murray State college
Murray State College’s partnership with leading businesses and industries continues to play a vital role in the success of the college and surrounding communities.
Grant funding in the past year has encouraged expansion of small businesses as well as employment opportunities. In fall 2007, a $600,000 grant funded the construction of a new industrial building in Mill Creek, affording the opportunity to employ an additional 10 employees. Several Small Business Innovation Research grants were filed in conjunction with Oklahoma State University. One award has been received of $80,000, and the second grant award (for $80,000) will be announced in 2009. These grants will allow businesses to develop high-tech products that can be commercialized.
In July 2008, an anticipated approval of a $600,000 grant will afford the opportunity to build a new industrial building in the Johnston County Industrial Park to employ 12 new staff members.
A $30,000 sub-award contract with OSU was negotiated to pay students to work on real-life business problems. During the 2007-08 semesters, eight MSC students were utilized in projects from Durant to Ardmore. These projects not only created extra funds for the students but provided portfolio documentation needed to enter the workforce after graduation. Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing provided key leadership with this project.
MSC acted as a lead agency in organizing an international trade show booth at the World’s Largest Gun Show. This endeavor was developed to market the college’s gunsmithing program, as well as encourage partnerships and business development in Johnston County. In the fourth year of attendance at this event, MSC continues to be recognized at the forefront of this industry and a driving catalyst for moving business into the local area.
A new clinic, the Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma, opened in June 2008. The 10,000-square-foot facility will allow for substantial expansion of services to persons in the area, as well as require additional employment of doctors and nurses.
MSC recently broke ground on a new facility to house the Boys and Girls Club and Day Care Center on campus. The facility is anticipated to open in December 2008 and will provide opportunities for employment and community support and also free up space for the college to utilize existing buildings.