NOVEMBER 18, 2009

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Nearly 100 Tour TCC's Center for Creativity Open House

Photo of dignitaries at TCC's Center for Creativity Open House.
Pictured are, from left, Mary Walker, associate dean of communications services; Randy Dominguez,dean of distance learning; Dr. Steven Wilson, associate dean of liberal arts; Sally Kovac, associate dean of business and information technology; Dr. Flo Potts, provost of Tulsa Community College Metro Campus; and Bob Shaefer and Shannon West, architects of Selser Schaefer Architects..

Dozens of key business and higher education leaders gathered Oct. 21 to tour Tulsa Community College’s Center for Creativity at the TCC Metro Campus and meet the faculty and staff who facilitate learning in the new facility.

Several members of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education attended the open house event, including Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, who spoke during the program.

Stuart Price, chair of the OSRHE, also spoke, explaining the financial and educational impact TCC has had on northeastern Oklahoma since opening in 1970.

TCC has provided educational services to more than 450,000 people,” Price said. “Tonight we celebrate TCC’s newest investment -- the $22 million Center for Creativity -- and look forward to its impact on downtown Tulsa.”

Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber, told the crowd of nearly 100 that TCC is a key member and major economic entity in Tulsa.
“TCC operates six days a week, attracting 8,000 students and additional faculty and staff to the core of downtown,” Neal said. “With the addition of the Center for Creativity, TCC’s downtown presence has expanded from a city block to an urban campus.”

The evening concluded with Johnson speaking about the importance of TCC within the state’s higher education system. He said the Center for Creativity, as well as the Tulsa Achieves Program, are innovative investments in Oklahoma’s future.