State Regents recognize partnership between Eastern and the Health and Wellness Center


WILBURTON, Okla. – 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 partnership between Eastern Oklahoma State College and the Health and Wellness Center 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.

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.

“To solve the workforce development challenges facing Oklahoma, our colleges and universities continue to work collaboratively with leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships between business and industry and our state system institutions ensure that we continue building the skilled workforce needed for Oklahoma to be globally competitive.”

EOSC originally partnered with the Health and Wellness Center in 2015 to provide general health care services to its students in Wilburton. Services include treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, physical exams, lab tests, X-rays and other tests. These services are provided free of charge for students without health insurance. In 2018, the EOSC and Health and Wellness Center partnership was expanded to offer mental health counseling services both in person and through a telehealth program.

Representatives from Eastern Oklahoma State College and the Stigler Health and Wellness Center were recently recognized at an event honoring successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses. Pictured are (left to right) OSRHE Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith, Tiffany Dickson, Brooke Lattimore, Teresa Huggins and David Martin with Stigler Health and Wellness Center, Eastern’s Economic Development Council representative Kaben Smallwood, and Sean Kouplen, Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development.

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