DURANT, Okla. – Thanks to a new agreement signed Monday, Southeastern Oklahoma State University may soon be expanding many of its academic programs to Grayson College in Denison and Van Alstyne, Texas.
In 2005, Southeastern established a higher education teaching center at Grayson’s main campus in Denison. Through this means, Southeastern has offered its Elementary Education program, allowing students to earn four-year degrees from Southeastern while attending the classes in Denison. The courses are taught by Southeastern instructors.
Under the terms of the new agreement, Southeastern may
expand the program by offering a number of courses of study at Grayson’s south campus (Van Alstyne). Occupational Safety & Health is among the proposed course offerings.
Grayson president Jeremy McMillen and Southeastern president Larry Minks were both present to sign the new agreement, as well as take part in the groundbreaking ceremonies for GC’s South Campus Technical Center.
“This is a great day for the communities along the southern edge of Grayson County,’’ Dr. McMillen said. “With the addition of this new Technical Center and the expanded partnership with Southeastern, citizens now have immediate access to a comprehensive community college as well as a university, right here in Van Alstyne.”
“We are excited about this expanding collaboration between Southeastern and Grayson,’’ said Dr. Minks. “It’s a win-win situation for the institutions, but more importantly, for the students. Dr. McMillen and his staff at Grayson are tremendous partners and we look forward to a bright future working together."
The new agreement is pending final approval from the higher education governing boards in Oklahoma and the Higher Learning Commission.