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Western continues providing Tuition-free Options for High school Juniors and Seniors

Jul 18, 2022 -- maegan.martin
Western continues providing Tuition-free Options for High school Juniors and Seniors
Western continues providing Tuition-free Options for High school Juniors and Seniors

Providing concurrent enrollment opportunities has become a proud tradition at Western Oklahoma State College. A tradition that numerous students have taken advantage of over the past three decades. Not only does this program provide students the ability to finish high school with many college credit hours collected, but it has also saved students thousands of dollars.

For the third year in a row, juniors will continue to receive up to nine hours of college tuition covered. This perk was only available to seniors for many years, however, Western was proud to be able to offer tuition waivers to juniors in 2019. Seniors will continue to receive eighteen hours of tuition waived each year. Students who take advantage of the program, immediately following their junior year, can graduate from high school saving an estimate of close to $3,000.

2022 Frederick High School graduate, Rachel Stout, is very familiar with the benefits of concurrent enrollment. Stout began taking college courses through Western during her senior year. While at FHS, she was very active in student council, robotics, varsity choir, big topics, as well as participating in multiple leadership positions in the community. “Although my schedule was relatively full, I was easily able to manage and complete my concurrent coursework. Taking concurrent classes, is not only cheaper but a faster way to start your career, by getting your basics out the way,” said Stout.

Stout will be attending Western this fall to finish her associate’s degree and was recently selected to receive a President’s Leadership Scholarship and represent Western as a Western Ambassador. Stout said, “The Western community has helped me prepare for college through concurrent classes and made sure I understood the material and helped me with anything and everything that I needed help with”. With the college credit hours, she was able to receive in high school, Stout can lighten her college load each semester, allowing her to have more time to get involved on campus and in the community.

While at Western, Stout will be studying biology, with plans to continue towards a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and potentially work on a master’s in forensics. “I already love the Western community and I am looking forward to being involved with the activities and organizations that Western has to offer,” said Stout.

Concurrent enrollment is the opportunity for high school seniors and juniors to earn college credit while still in high school. Concurrent students may attend courses on Western’s campus, online, or virtually at their own high school (select locations by arrangement). If the student meets the academic requirements, a portion of their tuition is waived. Juniors are eligible for a maximum of nine credit hours of tuition waived and seniors are eligible for a maximum of eighteen credit hours of tuition waived for the academic year. Students are responsible for course fees and textbooks. The program not only helps students get ahead on their college credits, it potentially saves thousands of dollars. If you are interested in learning more about the concurrent enrollment program at Western, visit wosc.edu/concurrent or contact recruiting@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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    Western Oklahoma State College, established as Altus Junior College in 1926, is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in Oklahoma...
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