Recently, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recognized Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants, according to a release from the OSRHE.
The release goes on to state that institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.
“Despite the challenges of the 2020-21 academic year, our colleges and universities persisted in cultivating meaningful partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “The State Regents are proud to celebrate the impact of these partnerships on the workforce in our communities and the economic development of our state. Collaborations between businesses and our state system institutions advance Oklahoma’s efforts to build the skilled workforce required to compete in today’s global economy.”
Dr. Sinclair Armstrong, chairman of Armstrong Bank, is a strong supporter of Carl Albert State College and the Sallisaw Committee for Excellence. Armstrong has been a driving force behind the inception of the Sequoyah County Early Access Scholarship. Armstrong’s generous contributions to this program have provided financial assistance to high school concurrent enrollment students in Sequoyah County that can’t afford to attend classes or don’t have access. His vision, to make education more accessible, has also afforded the opportunity to equip Sequoyah County high schools with Zoom technology, allowing students to complete college-level courses without having to leave their high school campus. His support has enabled Sequoyah County students to graduate from high school better prepared to meet future opportunities and challenges.
“Strong partnerships such as our relationship with Armstrong Bank are what help make Carl Albert State College successful,” said President Jay Falkner. “The generosity of the businesses and individuals in our communities is the reason Carl Albert is a thriving and growing institution. We can’t serve our students without the support of individuals like Dr. Sinclair Armstrong. We are very grateful to him and Armstrong Bank.”