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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Greater Grads Career Fair

Greater Grads Career Fair

The 2018 Greater Grads Career Fair is an exciting time of the year. Bright-eyed graduates look to make their mark in the job market and flourishing companies look for graduates to fill the positions they need. Mark your calendars for October 30th folks, here’s all you need to know grads.

The career fair is October 30th from noon to 4 p.m., at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. When you arrive, you will be given a fancy nametag and business casual is recommended. Remember, dress to impress.

See a list of the more than 100 Oklahoma companies that will be present here. You can pre-register here.

college, education, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Higher learning

University Students

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up to date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? If you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are more than 140,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet you can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”,) you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC at a Glance” publication.

university, college, education
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Public schools in OKC

Students painting

When moving to a new city, we know how important a role education plays when choosing where to live. Luckily for Oklahoma City, there are excellent public schools throughout Greater Oklahoma City. There are more than 271,000 students enrolled in public schools in the 10-county region and more than 50 schools in the region hold National Blue Ribbon distinction. Read a complete list of public school districts at abetterlifeokc.com.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts have authorized charter schools – Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City. View a list of area charter schools.

education, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Private schools in OKC

Students reading

In today’s blog post we are going to highlight the private school webpage. Here you can find a list of all the private schools in Oklahoma City and under each school you will find a brief description of what to expect in regard to the grades they teach, how many students they typically serve, and a myriad of other facts. You will also find a link to each school’s website, where you can learn more about their values and educational standards.

education, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Education foundation

kids learning at school

In November 2001, the MAPS for Kids program was established when Oklahoma City voters approved a new tax to fund public schools. The seven year temporary sales tax, combined with a $180 million bond issue, raised $700 million to fund transportation, technology and construction projects for the benefit of Oklahoma City’s public school students.

With many of the larger construction projects complete, work continues at some schools throughout Oklahoma City. When the program comes to a close, more than 70 new and renovated schools totaling $470 million in construction will be completed.

MAPS for Kids also provided funding for 23 suburban school districts that serve Oklahoma City resident students. When the program ends, nearly $153 million in city sales tax will have been expended for over 400 projects in these 23 suburban school districts.

Like other MAPS projects, MAPS for Kids has played a fundamental part in improving the daily lives of Oklahoma City residents. By investing in Oklahoma City student’s schools and programs, MAPS for Kids has also invested in the future of Oklahoma City.

education, MAPS, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

deadCenter U

deadCENTER U

You may know that deadCenter is an amazing film festival hosted right here in OKC, but did you also know that they have a program that allows high schoolers to get filmmaking experience? The program is called deadCenter U and every summer it accepts 60 high schoolers to meet filmmakers, learn how to use equipment, watch some fantastic indie movies, make a short film and more. Parts of the program have been taught by people who’ve worked on “Breaking Bad,” “The Godfather Part II,” “The Big Bang Theory” and, perhaps the most famous teacher to have ever worked with deadCenter U, “Children of the Corn” director Fritz Kiersch (who’s also a professor at OCU.) Applications for 2018 may be closed, but for any aspiring filmmakers in OKC, deadCenter U is 100 percent worth keeping an eye on!

education, film
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Rock the vote

Vote February 13

Voting has been the backbone of Oklahoma City’s modern renaissance. From MAPS to bond packages, citizens showing up at the ballot box have transformed our city. Beyond big infrastructure projects, our citizens have also elected leaders who have not let the metro rest on past successes. Oklahoma City has a history of electing leaders with a vision for the future.

Today, you can do your part to help to make sure that tradition continues by voting for Oklahoma City Mayor and Oklahoma City Public School’s District 5 seat. Polls are open until 7 p.m. this evening.

Use the Oklahoma State Election Board's online voter tool to confirm your registration, find your polling place and view sample ballots. Many residents with non-OKC addresses or ZIP codes actually live in Oklahoma City and can vote in the mayoral primary. See if you are eligible to vote in Oklahoma City elections

community, education, election, government, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Let a library card open a door

Dowtown OKC Library

There is an old saying that goes: “There is no problem a library card can’t solve.” Once you start to take advantage of all the great resources Oklahoma City’s amazing library system provides, that statement will ring pretty true.

The Metropolitan Library System serves more than 600,000 people through 19 locations in Oklahoma County. To get a card, you just have to live in Oklahoma County. And if your county is Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie and you are part of the Pioneer Library System, you can still join in the Metropolitan Library System’s fun – our Oklahoma City-area libraries have a reciprocal service agreement with the Pioneer Library System, headquartered in Norman.

In addition to books, the library allows its members to check out and download eBooks (including indie and self-published works), audiobooks, magazines and music.  You can even stream video and other content from services like hoopla, Kanopy and more. The library also gives members access to online learning resources for kids and adults, with popular resources like Lynda.com and Mango Languages available at no cost. You may be able to even apply online to start downloading immediately. There are virtually no limits to the things you can learn and do as a card-carrying member of the library. Find a library near you.

education, family-friendly, free, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

ABetterLife: The Website

Better Life Website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself.

education, employment, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Get the low down on universities

OU Campus in Norman

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up-to-date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? If you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are more than 140,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet you can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”), you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC At a Glance” publication.

college, education, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Comments (0)



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Charter school options in OKC

Lunch Time at John Rex

In Greater Oklahoma City, options are the name of the game when it comes to education. The metro has a great array of public, private and charter schools that provide flexibility in finding the right fit for your kids. In the past we’ve highlighted both the public and private schools in our area. Today we are going to shed a little light on OKC’s growing charter school options.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts are authorized by state law to have charter schools -- Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City.

In the Oklahoma City district alone there are 18 charter schools providing education for students between kindergarten and 12th grade. More than 850 students are enrolled in charter schools in the district.

If you want more information on charter schools be sure to visit our website. There you will find a comprehensive list of schools and frequently asked questions about charter schools in OKC.  

education, kids, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Class is in session

Kids using computers

Finding the right education option is never easy, so let the Better Life OKC website assist you in your search! To learn more about education options in Oklahoma City, visit the education section of our website. You can then select the schooling style that’s right for you and your family, whether that be public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities or childcare.

In today’s blog post, we are going to highlight the private school webpage. Here you can find a list of all the private schools in Oklahoma City, and under each school you will find a brief description of what to expect in regard to the grades they teach, how many students they typically serve, and a myriad of other facts as is deemed applicable. You will also find a link to each school’s website, where you can learn more about their values and educational standards.

education, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

An education on education

Kids using computers

We know just how critical educational opportunities are any time someone relocates to a new community. Here at Better Life HQ we want to help answer any questions you have about education in OKC. Check out the education tab on our website to get more info on everything from public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities and childcare.

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC offers an educational fit for every type of student. Be sure to visit the university section of our website for more information and links on the schools we talked about and more.

If you can’t find the info you are looking for on our website, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or the comments below, and we will help you gain more knowledge on the wealth of educational opportunities in our region.

college, education, school, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

deadCenter U

deadCenter Film Festival film makers

One of the coolest things to come out of the success of the deadCenter Film Festival (in our humble opinions) is the organization expanding their role to be more than a film festival. deadCenter now works year-round to provide film education all over our great state.

deadCenter offers a variety of education initiatives including film classes, workshops, speaking engagements and more to high schools, colleges and technology centers. The aim is to use movie-making as a way to foster creativity, collaboration and confidence in our state’s students.

deadCenter University is a great opportunity for local high school students to learn from experienced Hollywood pros. Each June the program is offered to 60 students during the festival and they get a chance to meet with filmmakers and participate in panels.

Visit the deadCenter website for more on the amazing educational opportunities the festival provides.

college, education, festivals, film
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MAPS for kids

MAPS for Kids Elementary School

In November of 2001, the Maps for Kids program was established when Oklahoma City voters approved a new tax to fund public schools. The seven year temporary sales tax, combined with a $180 million bond issue, raised $700 million to fund transportation, technology and construction projects for the benefit of Oklahoma City’s public school students.

With many of the larger construction projects complete, work continues at some schools throughout Oklahoma City. When the program comes to a close, over 70 new and renovated schools totaling $470 million in construction will be completed.

MAPS for Kids also provided funding for 23 suburban school districts that serve Oklahoma City resident students. When the program ends, nearly $153 million in city sales tax will have been expended for over 400 projects in these 23 suburban school districts.

Like other MAPS projects, MAPS for Kids has played a fundamental part in improving the daily lives of Oklahoma City residents. By investing in Oklahoma City student’s schools and programs, MAPS for Kids has also invested in the future of Oklahoma City.

education, MAPS, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Get the 411 on education in OKC

Students learning at school

We know just how critical educational opportunities are any time someone relocates to a new community. Here at Better Life HQ, we want to help answer any questions you have about education in OKC. Check out the education tab on our website to get more info on everything from public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities and childcare.

If you can’t find the info you are looking for on our website, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or the comments below, and we will help you gain more knowledge on the wealth of educational opportunities in our region.

education
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

BetterLife: The Website

Better Life website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself. 

Oklahoma City, education, employment, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teacherís pet

High school pep band

It’s that time of the year again – back to school for students throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. When moving to a new city, we know how important a role education plays when choosing where to live. Luckily for Oklahoma City, there are excellent public schools throughout Greater Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Public Schools
This district covers 134 square miles and includes 60 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 13 high schools. Listen to new OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora discuss her goals for the district at this recent Chamber lunch.

Putnam City Public Schools
Covering 43 square miles, the district serves more than 18,000 students at 18 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools and has an overall population of 117,700.

Edmond Public Schools
The district covers 129 square miles and serves more than 20,000 students.. It includes 23 schools – 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools, as well as one early childhood center.

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM)
OSSM is located on a 32-acre site to the northeast of downtown Oklahoma City, adjacent to the libraries and research resources of the Oklahoma Health Center. OSSM is a tuition-free residential high school for juniors and seniors from across the state with exceptional ability in math and science.

Read a complete list of public school districts at abetterlifeokc.com.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts have authorized charter schools -- Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City. View a list of area charter schools.

education, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Head of the class

Students on Computers

Along with quality public schools, Greater Oklahoma City has a variety of private schools that offer world-class educations.

education, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Higher education

Old North at UCO

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC is the perfect place to start or continue your college experience. Oklahoma City is 20.9 miles from the University of Oklahoma and only 66.9 miles from Oklahoma State University – the two largest universities in the state with a wide variety of educational opportunities.

Students looking for campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school is located in the Uptown district. The university’s OCU School of Law is located downtown and in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

college, education, Norman, Stillwater, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Where the art is

Throwing pottery

Oklahoma City has artistic opportunities for every interest and discipline. From taking art classes to supporting community theater, you are sure to find the perfect place to embrace your hidden artistic talents while supporting the arts in Oklahoma City.

Whether you want to brush up on your basket-weaving or discover your inner Picasso, the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers workshops and classes in a variety of mediums. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art also offers a roster of classes geared for both families and adults of all skill levels, including a studio sampler class for those who want to take an art class but aren’t sure where to begin. The artist-in-residence program at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel also offers drop-in opportunities to explore interesting art forms – current artist-in-residence Gayle Curry paints with encaustics (wax), and her live studio space is open to the public. Be sure and check out area art galleries for other options.

For a taste of local thespian talent, the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Jewel Box Theatre, and the Carpenter Square Theatre all produce a full roster of live performances, ranging from classic musicals to locally-scripted dramas. And if you want to combine dinner and a show into one extravaganza, Greater Oklahoma City is home to the state’s only full-time professional dinner theater. The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater showcases Oklahoma talent in original productions, all while the audience gets to enjoy a delicious meal. These community-based theaters offer audition opportunities, so if theater footlights are calling your name, be sure to check their websites for audition notices.

If making beautiful music is more your style, you can also join one of OKC’s many community choirs or orchestra organizations. Canterbury Voices offers choruses for both adults and children, and its 125-member adult chorus is the largest of its kind in the state. OK City Chorus is an all-women chorus with a goal to preserve the American art form of four-part a cappella barbershop music. For the former band geeks among us (no judgement), the Oklahoma Community Orchestra offers performance opportunities with its 75-member organization.  

theater, arts and culture, education, family-friendly, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Building on success

Chesapeake Arena

The success and vibrancy that OKC now enjoys didn’t happen overnight. In fact, voters set the wheels in motion more than two decades ago when they voted for the original MAPS projects on Dec. 14, 1993. Since that time, we’ve come to enjoy the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park, Oklahoma River, Bricktown Canal and so much more.

Since the approval of the original MAPS initiative, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion in new public and private investment throughout the city. But the energy, momentum and pride these projects have added to our city are unmeasurable.

In fact, the original MAPS projects were so successful – and the results so undeniable – that voters have since approved similar limited-term MAPS sales taxes time and time again. MAPS for Kids funded school improvements and renovations at each and every school in the OKC metro and MAPS 3 is currently changing the dynamic of OKC once again.

The success of MAPS has representatives from cities all over the country flocking to OKC to study how we did it. Each and every one of the projects have been built debt free (using only the one cent dedicated sales tax), and each sales tax has had a term limit.

baseball, Bricktown, education, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Find a local school for you

While we’re on the subject of schools, if you’re new around here, you can learn about area schools on The Better Life website. Whether you’re interested in public or private schools, preschools or universities and those in between, take a look at the site’s education section.

In addition to the metropolitan area’s largest district, Oklahoma City Public Schools and programs tailored to different types of students, such as the Career Academies or its charter schools, there are suburban public school districts to choose as well, depending on where you live. There’s even an Oklahoma City school catering to the downtown crowd, called John Rex Charter Elementary School.

For more information about education in the state, go online to the State Department of Education’s website.

education, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

BetterLife: The Website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself. 

education, employment, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Education options closer to home

student studying

Students looking for a slightly smaller campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Forbes has listed Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school in the Uptown district, on its list of “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys,” according to OCU’s website. The university also recently moved its OCU School of Law downtown and opened in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

career tech, college, Edmond, education, Oklahoma City, Stillwater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Learn more about learning

students on computers

We know just how critical educational opportunities are any time someone relocates to a new community. Here at Better Life HQ we want to help answer any questions you have about education in OKC. Check out the education tab on our website to get more info on everything from public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities and childcare.

This week’s blog was just a small sample of info on the universities in our region. With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC offers an educational fit for every type of student. Be sure to visit the university section of our website for more information and links on the schools we talked about and more.

If you can’t find the info you are looking for on our website, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or the comments below, and we will help you gain more knowledge on the wealth of educational opportunities in our region.

education
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Your Mom Goes to College

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up to date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? After all, all leisure all the time can’t be good for anybody (just look what it’s done to Garfield the cat). So if you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are 125,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet your can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”), you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC At a Glance” publication.

college, education, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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125k to Stay

With 125,000 college students in Greater Oklahoma City, we at the Chamber understand that keeping those educated, talented folks in the fold after graduation is important. That’s why we launched the Greater Grads program in 2006.

There are two main components to the Greater Grads program – a career fair featuring Oklahoma employers (held this year on March 15, 2015) and the InternOKC Internship Program, a five-week series of lunches where interns get to know their future peers and discover why Oklahoma City is the perfect place to live, work and play.

Both programs are great ways for students and employers alike to network, make valuable business connections, and help contribute to the entire community’s future success.

Greater Grads is an initiative of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development division. Greater Grads works to build Oklahoma City’s talent base by connecting Oklahoma graduates – a vital component of the City’s future workforce – with employers in the Oklahoma City region. These connections will help Oklahoma City’s flourishing economy, creating even more opportunities in the years to come.

To learn more, check out www.greatergrads.com or contact Elisa Milbourn at 405-297-8951 or emilbourn@okcchamber.com.

education, internship
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Learn new skills as an adult

If you’ve always wanted to finish your college degree or have a bucket list of new skills that you’d like to learn, the Oklahoma City area has several institutions that will help you fulfill the dreams of what you really want to be when you grow up. Yes, we realize you’re probably grown up by now, but it’s always fun to learn something new or brush up on skills or certifications that you need for the job you already have.

Here are some ways to make those dreams happen in the metro in the area of adult continuing education:

  • Oklahoma City Community College in south Oklahoma City has a Community Outreach and Education Office at 6500 S Land Ave. that offers short-term, noncredit courses for adults, senior citizens and children. Some of them are for fun, while others will help students improve basic skills. They include music, drama, science (including computer training), math, language, arts and crafts, reading, writing and ACT test preparation. For information, go online or call (405) 682-7859 or (405) 682-7873. Just looking at the course schedule for this year made us want to learn all kinds of new skills, like beginning Spanish, ballroom dance and sign language.
  • With a tagline of “Preparing for Life,” Metro Technology Centers offers an assortment of courses on several campuses throughout the metro area, whether you’re located south, north or downtown. At Metro Tech, you can take classes for career or technical programs or learn a new skill in one of their Adult and Career Development short-term courses. Metro Tech also offers certification courses for specific jobs. Around here, we thought we might want to brush up on our photography or video editing skills in one of the short-term courses, like “Secrets of Better Photography,” which also happens to be taught online.
  • The Francis Tuttle Technology Center, which has campuses in Edmond and west Oklahoma City, serves high school juniors and seniors, as well as adults with career-specific training or personal enrichment needs. According to its website, the center also offers business and industry training and consulting services, short-term training for career enhancement or courses in leisure activities. Take the courses online or on campus. While jewelry making or one of the Culinary Delights classes (with subjects like “Biscotti, Crackers and Scones” or “Sushi Making”) were quite tempting, we might use the opportunity at Francis Tuttle instead to go back to school to get a real estate license. Check out the course catalog.
  • Oklahoma City University, located in the middle of Oklahoma City at 2501 N Blackwelder, has several continuing education programs that address specific needs – certification in nonprofit leadership or child advocacy, for example. It also offers an Adult Degree Completion Program for busy adults to help you finish what you started years ago.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This School Rocks

University of Central Oklahoma’s Academy of Contemporary Music in Bricktown brings the noise – along with all the classes, studying and socializing more typical of college. A one-of-a-kind operation on this side of the world, the ACM@UCO is dedicated to music and training students in all aspects of the music business, and is affiliated with the original ACM in the UK. Bachelor’s- or associate’s-degree-track students can learn about production and business as well as performance.


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Things get turned up to 11 when master classes are taught by the likes of Jackson Browne, Roger Daltrey, Ben Folds, John Oates, and Ted Dwane & Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, for starters. You can check out ACM@UCO’s students at work at shows and events throughout the year, as well as at select shows at the ACM@UCO performance lab.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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