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WOSC and City of Altus Honored with Business Partnership Excellence Award


Sep 29, 2021 -- maegan.martin
From left to right: Dr. Jennifer Hammack, Division Director and Agriculture instructor, Hunter Pence, Ally Angelly, Gary Jones, City of Altus- City Manager, Terry Mosley, City of Altus-Community Development Director, Dr. Chad Wiginton, WOSC President, Chr
From left to right: Dr. Jennifer Hammack, Division Director and Agriculture instructor, Hunter Pence, Ally Angelly, Gary Jones, City of Altus- City Manager, Terry Mosley, City of Altus-Community Development Director, Dr. Chad Wiginton, WOSC President, Chr

Western Oklahoma State College (WOSC) and the City of Altus were recognized with a Business Partnership Excellence Award by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  The award program annually honors outstanding partnerships that lead to significant contributions in educating and developing Oklahoma’s workforce.

WOSC has always valued its supportive partnership with the City of Altus and actively participates in volunteering throughout the community.  During the 2020-2021 year, the partnership with the City of Altus took a step toward creating a better environment for WOSC students and facilities.

With the ongoing growth of Rodeo and Agriculture Livestock Science, there has been a need for additional space and Western is always searching for growth opportunities.  The City of Altus formed a Memorandum of Agreement with WOSC to use the property that once housed the city raceway.  The additional acreage has allowed the WOSC Agriculture Department to increase its cattle herd, which has led to more hands-on learning opportunities for students.  The property is also cross-fenced, making a perfect outside laboratory for rotational grazing experiments.

“The use of the old raceway has been a beneficial tool for our growing Rodeo and Agriculture programs. City Manager Gary Jones understands how both of these programs connect to workforce and economic development, and we are extremely grateful for his leadership and support,” said Western President Dr. Chad Wiginton.

The City of Altus was also instrumental during the historic 2021 winter storm and assisted campus physical plant employees with water and electrical needs while battling extreme temperatures and record snowfall. WOSC looks forward to a strong partnership for many years to come.

Western Oklahoma State College is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in the State of Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide high quality education, support student success, and empower individuals to become productive members of local, regional and global communities. Western offers high-quality associate degrees and certificates to students in its five-county service area and beyond. For more information, visit wosc.edu.

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Western Oklahoma State College is proud to announce that Rachel Randall, a distinguished biology instructor, has been named the 2024 Teacher of the Year. This prestigious award, determined through nominations by the entire student body and a subsequent selection by the Student Senate, recognizes exceptional dedication and excellence in teaching. 

Rachel Randall has consistently demonstrated a profound commitment to her students, both academically and personally. The nominations submitted by students highlight her extraordinary impact on their educational experiences and personal growth. Here are some of the heartfelt comments from students who nominated her: 

"To me, this teacher has been one of the most caring teachers I know on campus, and I think is the most deserving of this award. Not only because they are an amazing teacher but also because they are the most caring human being. Anytime I need help with something they are always there to help me even if they don't know anything about it, they will learn about it just for me. They are always willing to go above and beyond for every single one of their students and I am completely grateful for that!" 

"I have had the privilege of having this teacher for two different classes. They are knowledgeable and caring. They go above and beyond for their students even when they don't have to. There have been countless times when I have gone to this teacher for help in other classes and if they don't know they takes the time to sit with you and look it up, they make sure you leave their office understanding what you didn't understand when you got into their office with the question. They truly care about their students, and them gaining the knowledge they need to succeed." 

Randall's dedication to her students is evident in every interaction, whether in the classroom or during one-on-one consultations. Her willingness to go the extra mile to ensure her students succeed is what makes her a truly remarkable educator and a deserving recipient of this year's Teacher of the Year award.

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