CASC Student Finds Successful Career Due to Occupational Health and Safety Program

Jarred Jones graduated from Carl Albert State College’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program in May 2018. Jones works for Advantage Energy in McAlester, Oklahoma as a Field Safety Representative.

Jones credits CASC’s classes for preparing him to thrive in his industry.

“CASC has a great program,” Jones said, “that prepared me to start working immediately after graduating with my associate’s degree.”

Jones said his day-to-day duties include conducting safety meetings, monitoring the crew as they work and addressing unsafe practices. Jones is responsible for informing the work crew of their daily objectives and offers insight into potential work hazards they should be aware of and how to avoid them.

“I really love my job — this is exactly what I went to school to learn how to do,” Jones said. “The CASC safety program had a lot of great hands on experiences, tours of industrial plants, and great instructors that trained us well.”

Kristi McConnell is the Division Chair and Instructor for the CASC OHS Program.

“I am so proud of Jarred’s hard work and dedication to succeed in this industry,” said McConnell. “It is so rewarding to see and hear of the success our OHS students have had since their graduation from our program. Most are employed shortly after they graduate, which proves the quality of our program and the demand for professionals in this field.

“Jarred currently works alongside James Shelburn, a 2017 graduate from our program; to see our past graduates helping current and new graduates gain employment is wonderful, McConnell continued.

“The job market is there and we have the degree to give students a head start in this industry, McConnell concluded.

Students interested in learning more about the Occupational Health and Safety Program at CASC should contact McConnell at ‘’ or 918-647-1457.




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