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Redlands Community College student excels through collaboration with Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board

Redlands Community College’s All Nations Business Institute recently collaborated with the Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board through an innovative on-campus internship program.

The connection with COWIB was made by Redlands President Jack Bryant. Bryant has served on the COWIB board since 2000 and was influential in creating this “real-world” learning experience at Redlands.

“Collaboration with COWIB and the employers they serve is key in our continued initiatives to harness the power of industry in guiding the development of academic curriculum designed to provide our graduates a distinct advantage in the job market,” said Redlands President Jack Bryant. “Employers and transfer institutions know that Redlands graduates are exceptional and we are very proud of the value we are adding to the state of Oklahoma.”

The All Nations Business Institute at Redlands is funded through a Native American Serving Non-tribal Institutions grant designed to strengthen the institution. Interim NASNTI Director Troy Milligan served as the on-campus internship mentor for the Redlands/COWIB partnership.

Milligan said, “Macie Gillock, sophomore from Union City, gained hands-on experience in creating a survey instrument for the COWIB group and then provided statistical analysis for COWIB’s effort to improve services offered to their constituency.”

Gillock plans to use the skills she learned in her recent COWIB internship to continue her education in Psychology. She is looking forward to pursuing a four-year degree upon completion of her Redlands associate degree.

COWIB Board Member Max Dubroff said, “Macie helped us get a new perspective that we could not have gotten elsewhere. She made sure she understood what we were looking for and created a survey that was straightforward and easy-to-use. We now have the information we need to focus our strategic plan.”
Future collaborations with COWIB are expected to include additional undergraduate research, internship and scholarship programming.

For more information, contact Amanda Evert, Associate Vice President for Communications and Research, 405.422.1445 or amanda.evert@redlandscc.edu