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October 11, 2012

WIF hears reports on education

Woodward, Okla. — Education was the focus of the Woodward Industrial Foundation's (WIF) monthly meeting, which was held Wednesday at the High Plains Technology Center.

Sue Mitchell, director of adult training and nursing at High Plains Technology Center; Dr. Deena Fisher, dean of NWOSU-Woodward; and Tim Merchant, superintendent of Woodward Public Schools, all presented the WIF board with reports on how their respective institutions were all doing.

HPTC DIRECTOR OF ADULT TRAINING

Mitchell talked about several grants that have helped HPTC improve its different departments.

For example, she said the tech center earned grants that funded a firefighter training in June and a hospital training in May.

"We have also improved our nursing department with the addition of 2 mannequins that speak and will let you know if what you are giving them is making them better or potentially killing them," she said.

Mitchell also said that the tech center has the capacity to accommodate most of the needs for all of the businesses in Woodward.  If a business needs a certain type of industry or safety training course, she said they can usually get the course set up in just a matter of days.

NWOSU-WOODWARD DEAN

Fisher gave a report on the current happenings at NWOSU.

She reported that there are now 4 full time staff members and 3 full time faculty members at the Woodward campus.

"We have added to our ITV studios and now have 9 that are available," Fisher said.

Fisher also listed all of the scholarships that are available and spoke about homecoming.

"We are very pleased to have the Woodward Marching Band in the parade this year and C. J. Montgomery will also be the MC for the event on Saturday," she said.

Fisher reported on Northwestern's high enrollment numbers, the donation of a new golf cart to escort people around campus and that next August will mark their 5 year anniversary.

"I want to thank the foundation for all that they have done for our campus over the years," Fisher said.

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