TCC Strengthens Ties with Langston-Tulsa; Announces Phys. Therapy Clinic

HEALTHY DONATION: Displaying a $138,800 check to the TCC Physical Therapy Clinic are, from left, Larry Leonard, TCC Board of Regents Chair; Suzanne Reese-Taylor, Associate Dean of Allied Health for TCC; Kari Trammel, TCC Physical Therapy Assistant student; TCC President Tom McKeon; Carolyn Shuey and Pat Orr with Founders of Doctors’ Hospital.

Tulsa Community College and Langston-Tulsa pledged recently to renew the partnership between the two colleges to help strengthen the transfer path for students from to Langston. The agreement allows graduates with an associate degree to move seamlessly into a four-year degree at Langston-Tulsa and applies to six of the most popular programs: accounting, business, education, human services, management and psychology.

This agreement also allows a student, after completing a four-year degree at Langton-Tulsa, to gain an associate degree from in what is called a reverse transfer. The partnership is part of TCC’s and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s commitment to increase the number of Oklahomans with college degrees under the Complete College America initiative.

“This is an opportunity to renew a long-standing partnership we’ve have had with Langston-Tulsa,” says Kevin Clayton, dean of university transfer and workforce programs at . “This goes to our mission as a community college where a student can complete a two-year associate degree and move into a four-year degree by providing as many transfer opportunities as possible.”

Clayton says the signed agreement broadens the partnership between the two colleges and expands the existing partnership to strengthen student retention and advisement activities.

“Today we recognize the importance of three words: enrollment, retention and graduation rates,” says Dr. Clyde Montgomery, vice president for academic affairs at Langston-Tulsa. “This is the beginning of something good for both institutions. It ensures we have a great partnership.

In other news, the college has announced that it will build a $2 million physical therapy clinic.

launched a public fundraising campaign after investing $768,000 to buy the building at 815 S. Cincinnati. After the final phase of the public campaign, the new clinic will provide 8,000 square feet for classroom, office and lab space for the physical therapy assistant program. The Foundation is leading the fundraising campaign, which is nearly 85 percent completed with donations from St. Francis Health System, Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation, Founders of Doctors’ Hospital, Osteopathic Founders Foundation, Mary Ann Hille and the Hille Foundation, and Suzanne Reese, dean of Allied Health Services.

TCC’s Physical Therapy Clinic will allow students to gain required clinical experience in treating patients and provide physical therapy treatment at a reduced cost to the public. Right now, students must travel a four-state region to find clinics where they can complete their rotations. Currently, students work with up to four patients a week but once the clinic is completed, the patient capacity will increase to 40 a week and drastically impact services available for the uninsured and the disadvantaged in Tulsa.

hopes to have the new Physical Therapy Clinic operational in 2014.

Updated 12-11-2012

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