Downtown classes offer new perspective

OKC Downtown College has helped with the education of many of Oklahoma’s college students since 1995 by offering credit classes for students from several colleges.

OKC Downtown College Director Gus Pekara said the college works in conjunction with Oklahoma State University, Rose State College, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma and Redlands Community College.

Pekara said a variety of classes are offered at the downtown college.

“We offer classes for graduate credit, undergraduate, professional development, corporate training and personal enrichment,” he said.

Pekara said location is what makes the downtown college unique.


“We are located downtown to give ease of access to the wonderful entertainment.”

Many of the classes offered are humanities credit classes, he said.

Ruth Charnay, Communications and Arts director, teaches the OKC Arts Alive Consortium.

“For this class, we will meet before the performance, then go and see the actual performance.“ she said. “Afterward, we meet again to discuss and critique the performance.”

She said the location of the college is a plus.

“By offering classes downtown, it allows students to take advantage of different resources such as the Civic Center and the (downtown) museum(s).”

Pekara said prices for the classes vary depending on the students’ needs. He said the school does recognize scholarships and accepts financial aid.

“For accurate pricing and class availability, the student will need to contact us or visit our website,” Pekara said.

OCCC students can go to the registration office on the first floor of the Main Building at the OCCC campus to enroll, he said. For more information or to enroll, call 405-232-3382 or visit


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