News Article | May 23, 2017
Oklahoma Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school that serves students statewide in grades K-12, graduated more than 100 seniors at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20 at Claremore Expo Center, Claremore, Okla. Family, friends, teachers and administrators came together to celebrate the students’ successes, with remarks from Sonia Panjnani, class valedictorian, National Merit Scholarship finalist and graduating senior. “We are very excited to have played a part in the lives of each of these unique individuals,” said Tammy Shepherd, principal at Oklahoma Connections Academy. “Graduation is our favorite day of the year because it represents the culmination of all the hard work of these students and marks a milestone in their path toward adulthood. We want to congratulate each and every one and wish them well!” Wellston’s Tobias Sapp has attended Oklahoma Connections Academy all four years of high school and enjoyed the flexibility of the online program because it enabled him to work on his family’s bee farm while attending school. Sapp plans to join the military after graduation, with a long-term goal of earning a degree in psychology before going on to law school. Edmond’s Tori Crow also enjoyed the flexibility of online school as it allowed her to build her schedule around extracurricular activities and several hours of dance practice a day, while still pursuing a high-quality education. Crow will attend the University of Central Oklahoma and will major in dance performance. Oklahoma City’s Hannah Glass will attend Southern Nazarene University, majoring in physical education with the hope of one day becoming an elementary school physical education teacher. Glass thrived in the online school environment, working independently and challenging herself with a variety of unique courses. Oklahoma City is also home to Anthony Barrington who will attend The Juilliard School in New York City this fall to pursue a career as a professional trumpet player. Additional 2017 Oklahoma Connections Academy graduates will attend universities including Stanford, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma State University, Southeastern Missouri University, University of Georgia and University of North Texas, among others. The commencement ceremony is an example of the many social events and field trips that Oklahoma Connections Academy hosts throughout the year to provide in-person socialization opportunities for students. The school also offers various activities, including clubs for robotics, gaming and technology, debate and art, among others, and National Honor Society. Oklahoma Connections Academy serves more than 1,100 students and provides high-quality, personalized online education. The school combines Oklahoma-credentialed teachers with a high-quality curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. College-bound students can tailor their schedules to accommodate exam preparation and college applications, as well as take advantage of the school’s diverse course catalogue, including core classes in math, science, language arts and social studies, as well as expanded AP and Career Technical Education (CTE) classes that help prepare them for a 21st century workforce. From music and art courses to computer coding courses through Java Programming, students are not only fostering creative expression, they are mastering digital literacy. For more information about Oklahoma Connections Academy and a schedule of upcoming information sessions, please visit http://www.OklahomaConnectionsAcademy.com. About Oklahoma Connections Academy Oklahoma Connections Academy is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade throughout Oklahoma. Oklahoma Connections Academy is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accrediting division of AdvancED. Oklahoma Connections Academy provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-certified teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s website, http://www.OklahomaConnectionsAcademy.com.
News Article | April 27, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the most affordable colleges and universities in the U.S. for 2017. 50 four-year schools were recognized, with Buena Vista University, Judson College, Florida Institute of Technology, Concordia University—Wisconsin and Southwestern College taking the top five spots. Of the 50 two-year schools that were also honored, East Mississippi Community College, Frank Philips College, Western Wyoming Community College, Laramie County Community College and Western Oklahoma State College were the top five. A list of all 100 schools is included below. “For students who want the flexibility of an online education at an affordable price point, the colleges and universities on our list are the best in the U.S,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These schools provide the maximum value when it comes to cost, quality and career resources for students.” To be included on the LearnHowToBecome.org “Most Affordable” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also evaluated on additional data points such as the number and variety of degree programs offered, employment services, post-college earnings of alumni, academic resources, financial aid availability and more. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Most Affordable Online Colleges” list, visit: The Most Affordable Online Four-Year Colleges in the U.S. for 2017 include: Amridge University Baker University Bay Path University Belhaven University Brenau University Briar Cliff University Buena Vista University Canisius College Chaminade University of Honolulu Colorado Christian University Concordia University-Nebraska Concordia University-Wisconsin Davenport University DeSales University Dickinson State University Drexel University Duquesne University Florida Institute of Technology Franklin Pierce University Gardner-Webb University Graceland University-Lamoni Gwynedd Mercy University Hampton University Harvard University Illinois Institute of Technology Judson College LeTourneau University Malone University McKendree University Murray State University Newman University North Carolina Central University Norwich University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Prescott College Quincy University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Saint Joseph's University Saint Leo University Siena Heights University Southwestern College Spring Arbor University University of Idaho University of Southern Mississippi University of St Francis University of the Cumberlands University of the Incarnate Word Valley City State University Viterbo University Webster University The Most Affordable Online Two-Year Colleges in the U.S. for 2017 include: Allen County Community College Arizona Western College Barton County Community College Casper College Central Wyoming College Cochise College Colorado Northwestern Community College Cowley County Community College Crowder College Dakota College at Bottineau East Mississippi Community College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Eastern Wyoming College Frank Phillips College GateWay Community College Grayson College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Laramie County Community College Madisonville Community College Maysville Community and Technical College Mesa Community College Metropolitan Community College Mount Wachusett Community College Navarro College New Mexico Junior College North Arkansas College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Ozarka College Panola College Pitt Community College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Sheridan College Sinclair College Southwestern Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College State Fair Community College Trinity Valley Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Western Nebraska Community College Western Oklahoma State College Western Texas College Western Wyoming Community College Williston State College Yavapai College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | April 17, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has selected Oklahoma’s best online colleges and universities for 2017. Based on an analysis of government-supplied data, 23 four-year schools are honored, with University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa and University of Central Oklahoma taking the top five. 12 two-year colleges are also recognized, with Tulsa Community College, Northern Oklahoma College, Murray State College, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Rose State College coming in as the top five. “Students in Oklahoma have a lot of options when it comes to earning a certificate or degree, but the schools on our list have distinguished themselves as being the best of the best when it comes to online education,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “In addition to providing exceptional learning opportunities, these schools also provide outstanding academic resources for online students.” To earn a spot on the Community for Accredited Online Schools list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also judged based on data points such as financial aid availability, student resources, counseling services, student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Oklahoma for 2017 include the following: Cameron University East Central University Langston University Mid-America Christian University Northeastern State University Northwestern Oklahoma State University Oklahoma Baptist University Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City University Oklahoma Panhandle State University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Oklahoma Wesleyan University Oral Roberts University Randall University Rogers State University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Nazarene University Southwestern Christian University Southwestern Oklahoma State University University of Central Oklahoma University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus University of Tulsa The Best Online Two-Year Schools in Oklahoma for 2017 include the following: Carl Albert State College Connors State College Eastern Oklahoma State College Murray State College Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Northern Oklahoma College Oklahoma City Community College Redlands Community College Rose State College Seminole State College Tulsa Community College Western Oklahoma State College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.