Oklahoma Panhandle State University
OPSU's Guymon Classroom works with Guymon Chamber's Education Committee By Danae Moore on 06/28/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—OPSU's Guymon Classroom provides a variety of learning experiences to meet the needs of the community with the emphasis being on workforce and economic development.
Several different types of classes are offered from college credit work to continuing education courses. Many local businesses partner with the classroom to offer courses for work force training and even to test to keep certifications current or renew licensure. Degree seeking students are able to utilize the classes offered for college credit such as College Algebra or Fire Protection, while others may benefit from the variety of continuing education courses available. With the intent of teaching a new skill in a short amount of time, continuing education classes range from an internet how-to class to a digital photography class as well as many others.
With the Classroom's focus being on non-traditional students, a number of night and weekend classes are available which make it possible for students to continue working while furthering their education. Many are able to benefit by saving time and money with the convenience of having classes in the same town they live or work in.
The community friendly classroom concentrates on utilizing available resources and not duplicating services around the area. Helping to maintain this emphasis, the Guymon Chamber of Commerce Education Committee meets each month and functions as an advisory committee to the Guymon Classroom. The Education Committee is made up of community members and delegates from local businesses including: Jimmy Draper, Draper Farms; Jess Nelson, retired mayor of Guymon; Jimmy Acevedo, Director of Guymon Alternative Schools; Jada Breeden, Director of Guymon Chamber of Commerce; Dean McFadden, Interim Chief of Guymon Fire Department; Randy Williams, Principal, and Dana Martin, Counselor, Guymon Public Schools; Arleen James, County Executive Director/FCS/4-H Educator at the OSU Extension Office; Shawn Hanson, CEO of PTCI; David Watkins, Recruiting Manager of Seaboard; JuliAnn Graham, Communications Coordinator of Tri-County Electric; and select OPSU Administration, Faculty, and Staff. Director of the Guymon Classroom, Consuelo McFadden, said, "Members of the committee are able to bring experience and wisdom and see things I can't."
McFadden is currently working on an event called College Bound Sunday, a product from the suggestions and comments of the Education Committee. College Bound Sunday will be an event designed specifically for first generation college students to gather information about the basics of going to college. This event is free to the public and will be held July 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Consuelo McFadden at 580-338-1380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the addition of the classroom in Guymon, OPSU is able to focus on the needs of the community. McFadden commented, "My purpose is to provide an educated workforce whether it be through traditional or non-traditional classes, or partnering to provide CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for licensure." Stop by the corner of 5th and Roosevelt in Guymon to see what the OPSU Guymon Classroom has for you!