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Oklahoma State University Expands STEM Education with Polytechnic Initiative
Oklahoma State University is planning to expand its STEM education opportunities across the state with the introduction of a new polytechnic initiative. According to President Kayse Shrum, OSU Polytech aims to revamp its hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math education to meet industry needs. The university intends to expand its STEM and technology-driven programs and degree offerings not only at the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee but also on campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Additionally, OSU plans to make its academic programs more accessible and flexible for individuals at all stages of life. This announcement aligns with the increasing demand for STEM-trained workers, prompting Oklahoma’s colleges and universities to adapt and meet workforce needs.
In a news conference held on the OSU-Tulsa campus, President Shrum emphasized the importance of science and technology in Oklahoma’s future as the state’s largest university system. The University of Oklahoma also announced last year its intentions to establish a new polytechnic institute in Tulsa to cater to workforce demands.
The OSU Polytech initiative aims to provide innovative STEM-focused curricula that are closely aligned with the needs of industry leaders. Students will have the flexibility to pursue a range of academic programs, including certificates and doctoral degrees, on their own schedules. President Shrum envisions OSU Polytech graduates being ready to contribute immediately and add value to their employers from day one.
To ensure the continued alignment of OSU Polytech’s academic offerings with workforce demands, the university will establish an advisory council comprising representatives from various key sectors. This council will include representatives from aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, supply chain, and information technology industries.