For many years, El Reno Public Schools and Redlands Community College have implemented and expanded numerous partnership activities to better serve the students of both institutions. And recently this successful partnership was recognized with the 2020 Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award.
“It is a privilege to work with Superintendent McVay and his innovative faculty and staff to provide exciting learning opportunities and experiences for all of our students,” said Redlands President Jack Bryant. “We are always looking for ways to connect with our community to enhance or expand our services and programs, and we appreciate working with El Reno to make some many projects a reality.”
To better meet the needs of the community, Redlands and ERPS have been able to utilize shared faculty positions for STEM science classes, developed a pre-college Algebra course and created the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center. BlueSTEM currently partners with three area high schools to provide advanced experiential STEM research classes where students attain high school and concurrent college credit at Redlands.
Additionally, through use of INBRE funding, Redlands has provided much needed classroom learning tools to assist in science instruction in middle schools, and ERPS has allowed Redlands students to work with its reading development program as part of the college’s service learning classroom program.
“Redlands and El Reno Public Schools have an exciting working relationship that allows us to offer a variety of programs that benefit all of our students,” said Craig McVay, superintendent of El Reno Public Schools. “It is wonderful to have a community partner that is like minded and dedicated to creating and expanding programs that give our students a jumpstart on their future.”