AUGUST 2, 2007

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OCCC, RSU bring satellite classes to communities

Both Rogers State University in Claremore and Oklahoma City Community College will offer college courses this fall at satellite locations in their communities. RSU will offer classes at Bartlesville High School; OCCC will offer courses at six locations in the Oklahoma City metro.

Rogers State University has announced it will begin offering college-level classes for high school students on-site at Bartlesville High School this fall.

The college classes will be offered during the day and seamlessly integrated into the class schedules of high school students.

In addition, high school students may take up to six hours of college classes per semester tuition-free through the popular RSU Concurrent Enrollment Program for High School Students. The classes will transfer to any college or university in Oklahoma and most out-of-state institutions.

This fall, RSU will offer college algebra and Composition I classes at BHS and university officials anticipate adding more classes in the future.

RSU officials said they would like to expand the program to other high schools in Washington and Nowata counties and have been working with high schools in Nowata, Dewey, Copan, and South Coffeyville.

"This is a way for high school students to get a head start on college, earn college credits early, challenge themselves academically, and best of all, receive free tuition, a significant savings for them and their parents,” said Bill Beierschmitt, provost and chief operating officer of the RSU campus in Bartlesville.

To qualify for the program, high school seniors must have an ACT composite score of 19 or above or a GPA of at least 3.0 and a top 50 percent class rank to enroll in classes at RSU. Juniors must have a minimum ACT composite score of 21 or a GPA of at least 3.5 to enroll in college-level classes. Home-schooled students must be at least 16 years of age with a minimum ACT score of 21 or 17 years of age with an ACT score of 19 or above. Certain ACT subject scores may be required for students to enroll in some classes. Students also must present letters from their high school principal and parents providing permission to participate in the program.

For more information about the RSU program, contact BHS at 9-18-336-3311 or RSU at 918-338-8000.

OCCC instructors are taking their general education courses to six convenient locations throughout the greater OKC metro area. OCCC offers students convenient access to a variety of college course offerings by providing college credit courses at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Moore Norman Technology Center and Mid America Technology Center in Wayne.

"This new venture is OCCC's next step to expand educational access and opportunities to the OKC community and beyond," said Dr. Molly Henderson, OCCC Director of Cooperative Alliance Programs. "OCCC strives to ensure that educational opportunities are there for anyone who wants to take advantage of them and gain a college education."

Students will be able to take courses during the fall and spring semesters including; English, history, psychology, government and math to help them start their college career, complete a college degree, obtain credit for transfer to a four year institution or enhance their professional careers. All courses are taught by OCCC instructors and the tuition and fees are the same as a main campus course.

Fall 2007 classes at OCCC begin Aug. 20 and enrollment is currently underway. Interested students can find out more about these and other course offerings at www.occc.edu, or for specific information about the course offerings at the technology center locations, please contact Jackie Maxwell at jmaxwell@occc.edu or call 405-682-7822.