Enrollment up, bringing count to about 14,000

OCCC is one of the fastest-growing colleges in Oklahoma and has been for some time, said Stu Harvey, planning and research executive director.

To no one’s surprise, fall numbers showed another increase — 5.7 percent in credit hours and 5 percent growth in headcount.

Currently, 13,999 students are enrolled for fall 2010.

Harvey said at any given time there can be more than 15,000 people on campus, including students, faculty, and staff. This is larger than many towns in the state, he said.

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Run fundraiser to benefit nursing scholarships

Raising money for nursing school scholarships is the goal of the Nursing Student Association’s second annual Life Saver 5K and 1-mile Fun Run.

The events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, on the OCCC campus.

“This event is a fundraiser to help those who want to obtain a nursing degree but lack the funds to do so,” said Deborah Myers, assistant nursing program director and race director.

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Students have until 5 p.m. today to drop fall classes with refund

Students have until 5 p.m. today to drop fall classes and receive a full refund, said Alan Stringfellow, registrar.

Stringfellow said most students can withdraw using MineOnline, which can be accessed at mineonline.occc.edu.

However, he said, some students may have to withdraw in person by filling out an add/drop form at the Registration office if they are concurrently enrolled, owe money, or have had an academic hold placed on their account.

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OCCC security office switching to police force

By next July, OCCC should have a police department in place, working in tandem with campus security officers, said John Boyd, Business and Finance vice president.

The college will take a year to transition from a campus security force to a police force, Boyd said.

However, he said, the campus will retain a security force.

“It is the intent of the college to operate what we call a blended operation, consisting of both police officers, and safety and security officers,” Boyd said.

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Acting dean Information Technology takes permanent position

Tom Ashby has been named permanent dean of the Division of Information Technology after serving 20 months as acting dean in the same position.

Ashby said he welcomes the challenge of his job.

“The IT field is constantly changing and that’s one of the reasons I got into it,” he said.

“Almost everything has changed since I got into this field.”

The college has made a commitment to stay current with technology, Ashby said.

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