State Regents recognize partnership between Eastern and Carl Albert Mental Health Center


Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb joins Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith, Carl Albert Mental Health Center Director Debbie Moran, Eastern Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Janet Wansick and OSRHE Chancellor Glen D. Johnson at a recent event to recognize successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses.
MCALESTER, OK (March 15, 2013) – Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award was presented to the Carl Albert Mental Health Center (CAMHC) for its partnership with Eastern Oklahoma State College. The 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.

CAMHC and EOSC have a long-standing partnership of training health care workers in southeastern Oklahoma. The partnership has been instrumental to EOSC’s nursing program as second-year nursing students study mental health nursing and do clinical rotations at CAMHC in McAlester. This partnership allows EOSC’s nursing students to gain a better understanding of mental illness and how inpatient and outpatient units benefit the community.

Heather Spiegel, a sophomore nursing instructor at EOSC, said CAMHC continues to provide leadership in addressing the need for improved health care in the area of mental illness to area citizens.

“The interdisciplinary team at CAMHC has embraced our students and provides real-life clinical experiences that are invaluable to future nurses in the community,” Spiegel said.

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students of the institutions 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.

“Oklahoma’s colleges and universities are enhancing our state's economic future by strengthening partnerships with business and industry, ensuring our academic programs continue to align with the needs of business in each region of the state. Through these partnerships, students receive hands-on, career-related experiences and broader preparation for college,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships with business make vital contributions to Oklahoma’s economic growth through investments in education, research, job training and service.”

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