Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Guymon Classroom Continues Supporting Role —By Laura Nelson on 10/12/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—Since the spring of 2006, Oklahoma Panhandle State University's Guymon Classroom has done much more than just provide a convenient learning environment for students of all ages.
In addition to offering traditional credit classes and continuing education classes, director Consuelo McFadden has also developed a number of partnerships that enhance or help sustain community services.
The Emergency Medical Technology and the Fire Protection Service Technology programs were developed in response to the need for trained personnel in the area. OPSU partners with many area fire departments, municipalities, and medical facilities so students can complete their training through a facility convenient for them.
OPSU also teams up with local businesses, agencies, and organizations to provide cost-effective ways to train employees and offer continuing education credits. One example of this collaboration is the courses offered for the Council on Law Enforcement and Education (CLEET) continuing education courses. The organization is the State's professional law enforcement certification division. Area law enforcement officials can now meet CLEET requirements for continuing education credits without a costly, time-consuming overnight trip to Oklahoma City.
Through the Guymon Classroom, OPSU supports surrounding communities by participating in a number of activities including fairs, local Chambers of Commerce, and a host of other community service interests. "Inside OPSU," an hour long television program made in conjunction with PTCI and KGYN radio, highlights educational programs, campus life, and other activities of interest to those in the community. It is broadcast through PTCI's local cable access channel in the 19 communities it serves.
Continuing Education programs are developed through feedback from the community and classes are scheduled with working adults in mind. Classes offered include work-related subjects such as a variety of computer classes, learning how to interview and advance in a career, and firefighting and EMS classes. Leisure time classes include the OPSU Homesteading series with classes such as canning, cake decorating, as well as active learning such as water aerobics, rappelling, and self-defense training.
The credit classes offer busy non-traditional students convenience, reducing travel and allowing easy access to the resources necessary to successfully complete courses.
Join the OPSU family at the Guymon Classroom located at 5th and Roosevelt on Thurs., Oct. 25 from 5-7:00 p.m. as we host a free Guymon Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours tailgate party in celebration of Homecoming. Aggie football players and coaches will be on hand and plenty of food, fun and prizes will be offered!