JUNE 20, 2007

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OSU-Oklahoma City breaks ground on Public Safety Training Center

Photo of OSU-OKC President Carroll, Chancellor Johnson and three other people holding shovels.
OSU-OKC officials and dignitaries break ground on the new Public Safety Training Center. (From left) OSU-OKC Human Services Division Head Lisa Dillon, Vice President of Finance and Operations Jerry Brooks, President Jerry Carroll, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and OSU Director of Architectural Services Arlene Lanman.

OSU-Oklahoma City broke ground May 31 on its new Public Safety Training Center. The center is needed to expand OSU-OKC’s growing human services degree programs.

The ceremony was hosted by OSU-OKC President Dr. Jerry Carroll. Guest speakers included Oklahoma State System for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson Jr. and OSU-OKC Division Head of Human Services Lisa Dillon.

The Public Safety Training Center, due for completion in the spring of 2008, is a 22,000 square-foot building that will house the precision driving training center, the early care education department and the new emergency responder administration bachelor’s degree program offices and classrooms. PSTC will have state-of-the-art classrooms and the latest technology to ensure cutting edge, technical training for which OSU-OKC is known.

The new building is needed due to increased enrollment in existing programs and the new Bachelor of Technology in emergency responder administration degree. When implemented, it will be one of only six bachelor’s programs of this type in the nation.

The existing human services education center will be modified to accommodate the continued growth of other human services programs such as police science, emergency medical services and crime victim services.

The total cost of the PSTC will be $3.5 million. Capital bond money from the Oklahoma Higher Education Promise Act of 2005 will provide $2.57 million of the project’s funding.

Dr. Jerry Carroll, president of OSU-OKC, said the move to the new and larger facility reflects the substantial growth that the division has experienced in recent years.

“This new building will help us reach our potential as leaders in public service and safety,” he said. “It will allow our human service division to continue to increase enrollment and our emergency responder administration degree to provide unique training in a growing career field.”

For more information about the OSU-OKC Division of Human Services, contact Lisa Dillon at (405) 945-3214.