NOC Partners With Professionals to Assist With Academic Programs

Ponca City Now - November 3, 2023 6:39 am

Northern Oklahoma College welcomed business professionals in nine specific areas Tuesday, Oct. 24 to a meeting with NOC instructors in those academic fields.

The advisory boards meet annually with NOC instructors to discuss the changing workplace and how instructors can better prepare students for the future.

The partnership between the business community and NOC has been going on for many years some as many as 30 years.  This was the fourth year that all nine advisory committees met simultaneously some meeting in person and some remotely.

The advisory committees met for lunch in the Renfro Center and then broke out into individual groups.

The nine areas include Agricultural & Biological Sciences, Alumni, Behavioral Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER), Mass Communications, Nursing, and Pre-Engineering/Process Technology.

 NOC President Dr. Clark Harris said these meetings are critical for NOC to better prepare students for the work place.

“The advisory committee is a recruitment tool for companies and helps prepare students for the workforce,” he said.  “NOC appreciates what these advisors offer our college.”

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

NOC Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Division Chair Suzi Brown visits with members of the HPER Advisory Board at NOC last week.  NOC hosted a number of community experts that bring professional ideas for NOC faculty members.  (photo by Shiloh Martin/Northern Oklahoma College)


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