Oklahoma City Community College, on 143 acres south of Interstate 240 on S May Avenue, continues to grow in areas of study and enrollment, officials say.
OCCC offers more than 120 programs, including 52 associate degrees, the newest of which is an Associate of International Business, spokesman Cordell Jordan said.
Enrollment for the fall semester is about 15,000 students, up about 13 percent from fall 2009, Jordan said. Annually, the college has about 22,000 students.
The college graduated 206 nursing students in May and a new allied health facility will allow the school to double that number in the future, Jordan said.
The emergency medical technician and paramedic program just received its second five-year accreditation and federal funding to purchase a second human patient simulator. The school also has one of only three cadaver labs in the state.
The college recently received an award from Oklahoma Natural Gas for its compressed natural gas conversion program, which teaches prospective mechanics to convert vehicles to run on the alternative fuel. The program is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi River, Jordan said, and has had visitors come from all over the world to view it.
The school's corporate learning program offered the first wind energy technician program in the state in 2008, and it continues to be at full enrollment, he said.
OCCC also is noted for its film school. The school has a new visual and performing arts center and is breaking ground on a 1,000-seat theater this fall. The $16 million project should be completed by 2012.
Another of the school's claims to fame is its aquatics center. It has an Olympic-sized pool, which hosts area high school championships as well as the annual Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships that bring an estimated $2 million to Oklahoma City's economy.
Finally, the college's OKC-Go program offers free tuition to every graduate of an Oklahoma City or Western Heights school district high school, enabling these students to attain their associate degree tuition-free, Jordan said.