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Rose State College in Midwest City continues growth

BY TIM HENLEY Published: February 24, 2010
MIDWEST CITY — Rose State College President Terry Britton describes the campus as a jewel in the middle of the metro area.

This "jewel” can easily be spotted while driving on Interstate 40 through Midwest City.

More than 20 buildings sit on 116 acres. The buildings hold classes for students pursuing degrees in business and information technology, engineering and science, humanities, health science or the social sciences.

When the institution opened in 1970 as Oscar Rose Junior College, 1,700 students were enrolled, according to the college’s Web site. That number has swelled to nearly 9,000.

Britton began working at the college in 1972 as an English professor. He said only a few buildings were on the campus when he arrived.

"It’s amazing to look back where we started and compare it to where we are now,” Britton said. "The growth of the college has surprised a lot of people.”

The newest addition to the college campus is a Health Sciences Center. The 44,000-square-foot center opened in January. The $12.5 million project was funded by a higher education bond issue, said Keith Ogans, vice president of business affairs.

The facility will provide training for students interested in the nursing profession.

More than 400 students are expected to attend classes in the new building.

College officials encourage students from across the state to attend the institution, but incentives are offered to attract students at four high schools.