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Regents discuss youth aviation program at NOC Enid campus

A new aviation program for youth is coming to the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus. NOC Enid is partnering with Redtail Youth – Making a Difference.  The partnership would provide a facility for Redtail Youth – Making a Difference in a building located on the northwest corner of the NOC Enid Campus, that has been unoccupied for a number of years.

The Northern Oklahoma College Board of Regents approved a grant application for replacement of the heating/cooling system for the building.

Vice President for Enid Jeremy Hise said the non-profit has been looking for a facility to house their aviation program.   The non-profit would renovate the building to house program events.  The aviation program partners with Vance Air Force Base, Woodring Airport, Enid Schools, and Autry Technology Center.

Board members also discussed a number of projects over $25,000 detailed by Anita Simpson, Vice President for Financial Affairs.  Those projects include Professional Design Services for the P-Tech Building at NOC Tonkawa, Repairs of the NOC Enid Primary Monument Sign, Sewer Line Repair at Markley Hall at NOC Tonkawa, Document Imaging Maintenance and Support, Desktop Computers for Tonkawa and Enid libraries, Microsoft Licenses, New Telephone Services/Equipment, and Printing Services Equipment.

In administrator updates, Vice President for Academic Affairs Diana Watkins reported that Enid Language Arts Instructor Dr. Paul Bowers recently had a book published, his third book of poetry, Ten Acres of the Universe.   She also reported that the NOC Rocket Team enjoyed their trip to Wisconsin and was the winner of the Outreach Award.

Vice President for Community Relations & Development Sheri Snyder reported that four finalists were selected for the Daisy Award, a new award for nursing faculty to be given at the NOC Nurses Pinning Saturday night at NOC Enid.  The four finalists are Robin Baird, Kim Brewer, Marie Head, and Tricia Michaelis.

Anita Simpson, Vice President for Financial Affairs, said her office has refunded $1.9 million to NOC students in HEERF Funds (Financial Aid Refunds) related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Rick Edgington reported that summer and fall enrollment is underway adding he is cautiously optimistic about enrollment for summer and fall.  He added that enrollment management staff members have been visiting schools and enrolling students at off-campus locations to ease the enrollment process.

Jason Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs, reported that Bo Charboneau from NOC Tonkawa and Slater Eck from NOC Enid were named the student athletes of the year.  Charboneau is a baseball player for the Mavs while Eck is a softball player for the Jets.

Vice President for Enid Jeremy Hise reported that he is working with the Enid Public Schools on a pathway for students to take courses at NOC Enid as part of a new program called “Early 30.”  NOC is also partnering with Enid Schools in a program that would allow EHS students to earn an Associates of Arts while attending high school.

President Dr. Clark Harris discussed the NOC Tonkawa Library remodeling project. Harris also shared that Diana Watkins has been selected as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The next board meeting is at the Gantz Center on the NOC Enid campus May 18 at 1 p.m.

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at