State Regents recognize partnership between Eastern and Texas Instruments Incorporated


WILBURTON, OK (April 6, 2017) – Twenty-eight business and education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. The partnership between Eastern Oklahoma State College and Texas Instruments Incorporated was recognized at the event.

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.

Accepting the award on behalf of Texas Instruments were Eric Batten, grant partnership consultant, and Syndy Lynch, director of sales operations.

Texas Instruments (TI) and the Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP grant program have teamed up to help increase the number of low-income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. Eastern has received two GEAR UP grants. In 2006, it was granted a five-year, $6.7 million grant, and in 2011, a seven-year, $12.6 million grant. The federal grant requires an in-kind match each year, and TI has played a tremendous role in meeting the objective by providing nearly $184,000 for the 2006 grant and, to date, more than $1.5 million for the 2011 grant. TI has provided professional development, STEM workshops, and technical expertise and support. Through the partnership, 85 math and science teachers in 27 local schools now have TI-Nspire CX Navigators for use in the classroom. In addition, TI has provided registration and accommodations for 20 local teachers to attend the T3 International Conference.

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering business; internships for current students of the institutions to work in the businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment or supplies. In return, the State Regents provide a $500 match to the tuition waiver.

“Our colleges and universities partner with business and industry to link academic programs, including business, information technology, health care, aerospace, energy and bioscience, directly to employment needs in the state's wealth-generating ecosystems,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships create opportunities for students to expand their academic credentials with work experience, better preparing them for the workforce.”
Participating in the recognition program with Chancellor Johnson were Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, State Regent Mike Turpen and Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith.

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson (far left) recently recognized the partnership between Eastern Oklahoma State College and Texas Instruments Incorporated. Also at the event were (left to right) GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel; EOSC Vice President of Business Affairs LaDonna Howell; GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan; TI Grant Partnership Consultant Eric Batten; TI Director of Sales Operations Syndy Lynch; Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith; and Lt. Gov Todd Lamb.

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