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December 28, 2012

Big plans for 2013

Leaders expect Woodward to continue growing, moving forward

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Woodward, Okla. — EDUCATIONAL EXPECTATIONS

In addition to economic and community development, citizens will also likely see continued educational development in the coming year.

"In 2013, one of the biggest things is that we'll continue to move forward in our long-range planning," Woodward Public Schools Superintendent Tim Merchant said.

As part of that planning, Merchant said the school district will "probably be proposing a continuation of our current bonding for technology and possible expansions at our elementaries and middle school."

The superintendent said the schools will also continue to change over to the common core curriculum, which he expects to be fully implemented by the next school year.

"But we will also continue to emphasize all areas of education including the fine arts and health sciences and extracurriculars," he said.

Having a varied curriculum is important at all levels of education in Woodward as NWOSU-Woodward Dean Dr. Deena Fisher said that the college continues to develop its course schedule.

In addition to offering "all 55 hours of general education courses at our campus," Fisher said that NWOSU-Woodward also offers an increasing number of undergraduate and some graduate courses in a wide range of major subject areas including nursing, business administration, accounting, psychology, sociology, history, criminology and education.

"We keep adding to our education classes.  So if you're looking to get into elementary, early elementary or secondary education, we have about 80 percent of your classes available right her in Woodward and that grows every year," she said.

The spring semester classes will start on Jan. 24, but Fisher said that campus staff will be available starting Jan. 2 to start enrolling students.

Those interested in enrolling can check out the full list of available courses at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University website, nwosu.edu.

Students are bound to find a class that fits their schedule as Fisher said "we have classes going every day from 8 a.m. to 9:55 in the evening."

Beyond a nice selection of classes, Fisher said NWOSU-Woodward seeks to provide as complete of a university experience as possible.  To that end, she said NWOSU-Woodward continues to add to its schedule of campus events.

For instance, she said that toward the end of January, "I'm going to make my taco soup for the whole campus.  It's become sort of a campus tradition."

Then in later in the spring semester, she said "we're going to have the Northwestern orchestra visiting our campus for an evening program."

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