NOC Mass Comm Student Completing Internship

October 28, 2016

Northern Oklahoma College Mass Communications major Christy Hooley is completing an internship this semester with Chisholm Trail Broadcasting. Christy’s internship provides hands-on training as a studio producer, sports information specialist, and station manager assistant.

Christy says her job at 107.1 KNID “expands on what I’m being taught in class. It also gives me a chance to ask more in-depth questions during class.” Christy believes the experience helps with her future plans because she is receiving advice on how to build a successful career from people working in the industry.

Christy HooleyDean Pearcy, NOC Mass Communications faculty member, said, “I am very pleased that our students have opportunities like this. Practical experience teaches so much more than we can create in the classroom.”

Hooley can’t pin down one thing she likes the most about her internship because she “enjoys every moment of being at the station and learning from everyone here.”

Ricky Roggow, Operations Manager for Chisholm Trail Broadcasting, is a member of the NOC Mass Communications advisory board and past graduate of the Mass Communications program. Roggow was one of the first board members to agree to have a student intern. Christy said, “Ricky Roggow is a very talented person and I’m extremely excited about getting the opportunity to work with such a great mentor.”

Pearcy supports partnerships between his students and employers. Pearcy went on to say, “The wonderful members of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters like Ricky Roggow have recognized the importance of shaping and grooming the next generation of broadcasters by offering internships. It is a great way to discover if this is the right career path and it also leads to job opportunities once the internship is complete.”

Hooley has had a couple of surprises during her internship. She was surprised to learn that all shows on the radio aren’t live, but some are pre-recorded. She has also learned to respond quickly. “On my first day, I went on location to Pond Creek for a parade and I thought I was going to be watching, but actually I was in the parade throwing candy. After the parade I was helping with interviews and that was when I knew I made the right choice in selecting Mass Communications as my major,” said Hooley.

Mr. Pearcy supports Ms. Hooley by saying, “Christy is an outstanding, focused student who is taking this opportunity to advance her mass communication degree and her future career.” After Christy graduates from NOC next spring, she plans to attend the Oklahoma School of Broadcasting to further her education in broadcast journalism.

Dr. Rae Ann Kruse, Dean of Academic Services at NOC, appreciates all the area businesses who assist NOC students with internships. “Hands-on experiences provide students an opportunity for academic development, career exploration, and personal growth,” said Kruse. For more information about NOC internships, contact Dr. Kruse at 580.628.6341.

NOC Business Student Completing Internship

October 28, 2016

Operating budgets, capital expenditure forecasts, and crude oil logistics are some of the highlights of Travis Craig’s educational experience this semester. Craig is completing a Northern Oklahoma College internship with JP Energy in San Angelo, Texas.

Travis Craig at JP Energy Tank FarmCraig, an Enid native and Business Administration major at NOC, spends his days overseeing the daily operations of crude oil gathering, storage, transportation, and marketing.

Travis credits the internship with putting his economics classes into a daily work perspective. Craig said, “The internship is only a small piece of my degree, but overall my degree will solidify all my previous years of practical experience.”

In addition to Travis’ field supervisor job at JP Energy, he interns for the Vice President of Operations, Kevin Canaday. Mr. Canaday said, “Travis took on extra duties during the internship to assist and learn our corporate budgeting process. I’m extremely satisfied with the continual development of Travis as a leader for our company.”

While Craig is working in west Texas, he is completing his NOC coursework online. He believes, “If you find something you're passionate about, follow through with it and eventually everything else will fall into place.”View from top of storage tank in San Angelo, TX

After graduation Craig plans to continue his career in the energy industry, specifically in a higher level management position.

Dr. Rae Ann Kruse, Dean of Academic Services helps NOC students obtain and complete internships. Kruse said, “It is exciting to assist students in combining their coursework with real-world work experience. Companies look for graduates who have work experience and NOC helps provide that opportunity.” For additional information on providing an internship opportunity, please contact Dr. Kruse at 580.628.6341.

NOC Student Completing Accounting Internship

October 17, 2016

Cheyenne George arrived at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa as a highly-recruited softball player but an injury changed her path. Now Cheyenne focuses on working a full-time job, completing an accounting internship, and managing a full load of courses.

NOC Business Management major, Cheyenne George, is completing an internship this semester at Quality Water in Ponca City. Cheyenne contacts customers with delinquent accounts and balances multiple company checkbooks. She also creates month-end reports for inventory and bank reconciliations.

Cheyenne George at Quality WaterCheyenne says the internship has opened the door to learning new information that is used in “real life accounting.” The work she has completed during her internship has brought to life what she had learned in previous and current coursework.

George credits the internship experience with providing an extended learning platform. She said the work experience has provided “insight into hands-on financial experience and how accounting benefits the company.” Work she has completed during the internship has allowed Cheyenne to become more familiar with every aspect of the company.

Interning at Quality Water has given Cheyenne the connection between her coursework and real world application. Cheyenne said she has enjoyed “having that ‘Aha, that’s what the book meant!’ moment.”

Cheyenne credits her supervisor at Quality Water, Lacy Harris, with being more than a boss. She said, “Lacy is an exceptional leader who promotes a strong skills set so I know I will be better in the future.”

Cheyenne plans to graduate in the spring and pursue a career in the accounting field. She wants to further her accounting knowledge through hands-on experience.

The NOC Business department has placed over 30 students in internships over the past 10 years. Cara Beth Johnson, division chair said, “We believe experiential learning opportunities provide a meaningful ‘win-win’ situation for both the student and the company. Students gain valuable practical experience and networking options through their professional mentors. Companies may learn new and creative ways of operating by using the cutting-edge academic knowledge of the interns.”

If your company would like to provide an internship for an NOC student, please call Dr. Rae Ann Kruse at 580.628.6341.

NOC Biology Student Completing Internship

October 3, 2016

Northern Oklahoma College Biology/Zoology major Katie Davis is completing an internship this semester with veterinarian and NOC faculty member, Dr. Kurt Campbell. Throughout the internship, Katie has assisted Dr. Campbell with setup and execution of veterinary procedures. In six weeks, Katie has worked with cows, bulls, ewes, kids, dogs, and owners.

Katie is also taking Anatomy this semester, and says, “Being out in the field allows me to Katie with Kid Goat Before Proceduregain first-hand knowledge that supports what we are learning in the classroom.” Last week, Katie assisted Dr. Campbell with dehorning show goats owned by students at Tonkawa High School. After a horn was removed, the frontal sinus cavity became visible. “I learned the location and purpose of the sinuses in Anatomy, but it was an eye-opener to be able to see them first hand,” said Davis.

Davis believes these experiences will assist her after she graduates from NOC with her associate’s degree and transfers to Oklahoma State University. She plans to major in Natural Resource Ecology and Management, the Wildlife Biology and Pre-Veterinary option. As a junior, Katie will apply to OSU’s Veterinary School and expects to graduate as a large-animal vet.

Katie credits Dr. Campbell for helping her prepare for what’s ahead. “Dr. Campbell keeps me on my toes by continually asking questions that test my previous knowledge, ensures I understand what we are doing, and that I learn from it,” she said.

Janitorial and technician jobs at small animal clinics are very common, but with Dr. Campbell’s guidance Katie is learning hands-on rather than observing. Katie said, “Dr. Campbell is an excellent mentor. Not only does he ensure that I am involved in the medicinal process, he asks questions and describes each step to ensure that I fully understand and learn what is happening."

Katie is a Tonkawa High School graduate, member of the NOC President’s Leadership Council, and works as a tutor in the science lab. Dr. Campbell said, “I am very impressed by Katie’s skills working with food animals and her ability to grasp new techniques. It is very important for students to job shadow or intern to experience careers firsthand to see if it is a career that they will enjoy.”

Dr. Rae Ann Kruse, Dean of Academic Services at NOC, praises Dr. Campbell for being willing to commit time outside the classroom with students. She said “NOC students receive an outstanding education in our classrooms and benefit from opportunities to participate in hands-on experiences while still in college.” For more information about NOC internships, contact Dr. Kruse at 580.628.6341.

NOC Student Interns at Tonkawa High School

August 16, 2016

Mathew Gray never dreamed that a year after graduating from Tonkawa High School he would be back at band camp, but he had the unique opportunity of interning with the THS band director, Chris Reeder.

Mathew Gray directs THS bandMathew chose to major in music at NOC because he enjoyed band when he was in school and he likes helping students learn music. After spending three weeks with Mr. Reeder, he is sure he chose the correct career. The internship ran from July 18 to Aug. 5 and included practice in the band room as well as marching on a field.

Gray had a different band director when he was in high school, so working with Mr. Reeder was a new experience. Another new experience was practicing marching for a show. “When I was in high school, we never marched,” said Gray.

Gray described Reeder as “very helpful and patient when working through things with students. I would have liked having him as a director.”

Dr. Rae Ann Kruse, Dean of Academic Services at NOC, works with interns and community partners. She said “Internships provide an effective learning experience for the student and an opportunity for our community partners to share their knowledge. Internships create a link between classroom academics and hands-on experiences for our students.”

When reflecting on the experience, Gray said, “There are still a lot of things I need to learn and improve on, but helping with this camp has been a great experience.”

NOC Agriculture Student Completes Veterinary Internship

July 20, 2016

Observing surgeries, dehorning cows, and assisting with vaccinations have sealed the deal for Josh Swain. Swain, Northern Oklahoma College sophomore agriculture major, always knew he wanted to work with animals. After completing an NOC internship with Dr. Larry Wyckoff at the Blackwell Animal Clinic, Swain plans to pursue his goal to become a veterinarian.

Swain had known Dr. Wyckoff for many years and knew he was intelligent, but said what Dr. Wyckoff displayed during the internship was astonishing. According to Swain, Wyckoff was passionate about the animals, patient in all circumstances, and incorporated humor into his practice.

Swain always liked being with animals and said he looked forward to interning each day. He said he enjoyed the fact that each day was unpredictable with emergency surgeries and animals needing immediate assistance.

Swain admitted that, like many 19 year olds, he had been second guessing what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He went on to say, “With this internship under my belt, I have more passion to overcome any obstacles set in my path and become the successful person that I was raised to be.”

Although Swain worked with both large and small animals, the internship helped him realize he prefers to work with small animals. He admits this could change as he gains more experience with large animals.

Swain has been accepted into the OSU-OKC Veterinarian Technology program for the fall, and credits the NOC internship program and Wyckoff for giving him “exactly what I needed to become more dedicated to my studies and gave me a new burning desire to pursue what I have so long yearned for.”

Dr. Rae Ann Kruse, NOC dean of academic services, works with interns and community sponsors. She said “Students benefit from practical, hands-on experiences outside of the classroom. Students who participate in internships have the opportunity to discover their passion or eliminate a possible career choice.”

For more information about NOC internships, contact Kruse at 580.628.6341.

NOC Students Intern at Summer Camps through Oklahoma GEAR UP Program

Interns in front of NOC sign

By Jennifer Smith
June 20, 2016

Sleeping in a hammock, nights singing kumbaya by the campfire – it sounds like a welcome break from the hum drum of a hot and sticky Oklahoma summer – until you have to use the restroom, one you have to make yourself!

At Camp NOCLIP, students spend time in the great outdoors, learn how to be a leader and explore the college enrollment process.

Three Northern Oklahoma College students, Sam Alvarado, Nicole Politis and Brittany Dennis are participating in a paid internship and three college credit hours through GEAR UP, a federally funded program administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“This camp is meant for teenagers to gain practical life skills, prepare them for college and provide them with necessary support. We as interns will undergo training to be able to work with these teens in various scenarios and mentor them. There will also be some awesome activities such as kayaking and a ropes course,” Alvarado said.

These students are the first to run a GEAR UP camp for Oklahoma. GEAR UP encourages students to take advantage of the Oklahoma Promise Scholarship Program, a unique opportunity for eighth, ninth and 10th-grade Oklahoma students that will help pay for their college education if their family’s income is $50,000 or less and they meet certain academic and behavior requirements, according to the website.

For the past two weeks, the interns have been in leadership training preparing for the camp. Northern Oklahoma College’s GEAR UP advisor Jermie Fansler has supervised and encouraged them, even though they sometimes doubted their own ability to coach and lead.

“These interns are going to rock. I know the training they just went through. They created the schedule we will use for the camp, came up with games, and set the structure and sequence of daily activities,” Fansler said. “I’d put them with any group anytime.”

Alvarado, who is the youngest in his family, is nervous about being a leader.

“I’ve never had much experience with kids, especially being authoritative. It will be a challenge, but I’m ready for it,” Alvarado said.

Indoors, the interns will guide the campers through a mock college entrance process. The campers will stay in a dorm on the Northern Oklahoma College campus. They will get an acceptance letter, learn how to apply for financial aid, purchase books, reserve a dorm room and even receive a bill from the bursar’s office.

For more information about internships at NOC, contact Dr. Rae Ann Kruse, dean of academic services at 580.628.6341. 

NOC Student Gets Internship with Tonkawa Chamber

By Jennifer Smith
May 11, 2016

Some of the most valuable players on a sports team actually work behind the scenes, off of the court and past the announcer’s box.

School is out for the summer and many students will be working a summer job or internship. NOC Tonkawa biology major Kylie Ott has accepted an internship at the Tonkawa Chamber of Commerce. Ott will be responsible for taking care of the sports fields at Blinn Park.

“I will weed eat, mow, rake, edge and anything else that needed to take care of and maintain the baseball and softball fields,” Ott said.

The internship is from May to August. Ott will learn about field upkeep and preparation.

Sports turf managers are the front lines, but behind the scenes managers of many sports. Soccer, baseball, softball, football fields and golf courses can wear down over time if not properly maintained.

This isn’t just about mowing the fields or raking the sand. Sports turf managers need an educational foundation that includes chemistry, biology and mathematics. Fertilizing, irrigating, pest management and operating machinery are important aspects of turf management.

More than 90 percent of graduates who earn a degree in sports turf management land a job right out of college. Few industries can rival that success rate.

Northern instructor, Scott Harmon, recruited Ott for the job.

“Kylie is a hard worker with a great desire to learn more about sports turf management,” Harmon said.

Still deciding between majors, Ott hopes this internship will settle her mind on the career path she will take in the future.

There is a high demand for sports turf managers at stadiums, golf courses and other athletic facilities throughout the nation. It isn’t just a seasonal job either.

After Ott graduates from NOC, she will continue her education at Oklahoma State University in either turf grass management or horticulture specialty.

Fresh air, surrounded by your favorite sport and getting paid to do it all? Sounds like a dream job to me.

NOC Students Complete Internships with Local Businesses

By Jennifer Smith
February 8, 2016

Coffee runs and paper pushing may be common stigmas for interns, but that’s not the case for students at Northern Oklahoma College who get to engage in real world, work related business scenarios thanks to partnerships with local businesses.

Three Northern students were chosen to take part in the day-to-day challenges of working adults: Christy Hooley, mass communications; Hannah Forman, mass communications; Blake Hoemann, criminal justice.

Hooley, who works for Vype magazine, schedules and shoots pictures for local business and for the Enid smiles page also through Vype.

“When you are an intern you are learning so many things that coincide with your class work and that helps students see what their career would be like in that field. It also helps teach students time management and how to handle high pressure situations,” Hooley said.

Scott Haywood, NOC language arts instructor, highly recommends an internship experience before graduation.

“Internships are a safe environment that exposes students to the workaday world. They learn the responsibilities associated with employment, are giving more leeway and more of a chance to make mistakes. I believe internships offer students a learning experience that cannot be replaced in the classroom,” Haywood said.

Some of those learning experiences, however, come with slow-paced moments.

You can’t seem to find a donut shop without a cop in it. Hoemann, an intern at the Tonkawa Police Department, is realizing there are some boring times to being a cop. Even criminals have to sleep.

“I work as a part-time dispatcher. I learn what they do every day and I clean up the dog pound. I have learned that the public doesn’t care much for the police. They do not get much respect. It is totally different than I was expecting,” Hoemann said.

Gerald Konkler, criminal justice instructor, said police work isn’t everything you see on TV.

“Students need to realize that sometimes the occupation they think they want to be in is not what they think it is. It’s just not like the movies and TV. Internships give a more realistic view of the occupation before they’re fully committed,” Konkler said.

Forman is an intern for college recruiting on campus. She has quickly learned not to be shy when it comes to communicating.

“I have had to become more comfortable talking to new people and have improved on my people skills,” Forman said.

Whether the internship is what you expect or maybe find out that career field really isn’t for you, an internship is a great way to get your feet wet.

To find out more on internship requirements or what businesses are accepting interns, visit or call Dr. Rae Ann Kruse at 580.628.6341.