By: Jim Butcher | Category: Education | Issue: April 2015
Diagnostic medical sonography is an exciting field to enter, with courses available at TCC’s Owasso campus.
Do you live in the Owasso area and have had your educational and career goals interrupted? If you answered “yes,” a possible solution to returning to school and climbing that proverbial career ladder is not far away.
Tulsa Community College has partnered with Tulsa Tech at several locations in the metro area to provide a golden opportunity, not only for high school students, but for adults who want to continue their education and earn an associate’s degree. Additionally, you could attend and enhance your skills to lead to a promotion or move into a more promising job.
In August 2013, TCC and Tulsa Tech opened its doors at the newly constructed Owasso campus located off Highway 169 and East 106th Street North. This beautiful facility provides a quarter million square feet for both educational units.
Dr. Paula Willyard, dean of the Owasso Campus, explained, “The Owasso campus was conceptualized to meet the population growth and the demand from the community of Owasso and the surrounding areas, including Collinsville, Skiatook, Claremore, Oologah, Catoosa and Bartlesville.”
TCC’s cardiovascular technology courses are offered at the Owasso campus.
For many years, Tulsa Community College held classes for adult learners at Owasso High School in the evenings. “Our partnership with Tulsa Tech allows us to continue to expand our academic offerings, address continued growth in health-related fields and expand access to higher education.”
The Owasso campus provides higher education access that is convenient and comparable to courses and services offered at the traditional TCC campuses. Students will have access to computer labs, placement testing, as well as academic and career advisement.
Dr. Willyard, who also oversees the TCC classes offered at the Northeastern State University
Broken Arrow campus, emphasized, “Citizens who are concerned about the use of taxpayers’ money will be glad to know that the organizations’ sharing of facilities is a good use of tax dollars. Future plans include providing increased college access using technology, offering a wider variety of classes, and expansion of existing programs.”
In the fall of 2014, TCC began offering courses in cardiovascular technology at the Owasso campus. “Our plans are to continue providing accessible, affordable education opportunities, and we look forward to continued growth.”
In addition to cardiovascular technology, the Owasso campus offers students degree programs and course offerings in diagnostic medical sonography, nursing and general education classes.
TCC Owasso has experienced an enormous amount of growth in the past year. For the 12-month period from August 2013 to August 2014, enrollment soared by 132 percent. Growth from the spring semester of 2014 to the spring semester of 2015 jumped an additional 36 percent.
Tulsa Community College has campuses spread through the metro Tulsa region. In fact, TCC is Oklahoma’s largest community college, with more students and more degree earners than any other community college in the state.
“We offer students a choice of 235 associate degrees and certificate of completion programs at TCC,” Dr. Willyard said. “TCC students come from every walk of life, and our graduates work in all sectors of business and industry to help build a stronger, more diverse economy.”
Dr. Willyard has been with TCC for more than 20 years. “If you are interested in furthering your education or would like to focus on a new career and have questions, please call us,” she said. “We want to help.”
For more information, contact
10800 N. 140th E. Ave.Owasso, OK 74055
Jim Butcher is a retired, award-winning newspaperman who continues to write as a freelance writer and photographer. He owned the Tulsa Front Page weekly and was executive editor to Neighbor Newspapers' 13 metro newspapers. Currently, he writes for Value News and has become a paid assignment screenwriter, along with a University of Oklahoma professor who wrote Brad Pitt's first feature film. His award-winning screenplay is on the historical Osage Indian Murders of the 1920s.