The Norman Transcript

December 22, 2012

education news roundup

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — MNTC Campuses Closed for Holiday Break:Moore Norman Technology Center’s Franklin Road Campus in Norman and South Penn Campus in south Oklahoma City will be closed for business Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. Both campuses will re-open for business Jan. 2.

For more information about MNTC’s full or part-time education options visit

MNTC HIRE program partners/students honored: Moore Norman Technology Center’s Help in Reaching Employment program recently honored students and partners in education during their annual Holiday Breakfast this week at the South Penn Campus.

· The first Frank Coulter Award for Excellence was presented to Franklin Christy, a student enrolled in MNTC’s Electrical and Automated Industrial Systems class. Christy is single father of three. He recently earned the December Norman Kiwanis Club Student of the Month and is set to graduate in May. 

The award recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary character; exemplary work ethic, and selfless service to school and community, and is given in honor of Coulter, who was MNTC’s Superintendent from 1979-2003.

· The Scrapper Award went to Shannon Doherty. This is an annual award given to a HIRE/MNTC graduate who has fought to overcome significant obstacles, maintained an exceptional reputation at MNTC and become a proven success on the job.  Doherty is a graduate of MNTC’s Medical Assisting class and is now employed with Dr. Jayson Henry in Norman. 

· The HIRE Employer of the Year was awarded to OU Medical Center. 

OUMC has partnered with the HIRE program and MNTC for many years, offering employment opportunities for students and graduates. HIRE recognizes OUMC this year because of the profitable partnership in the placement of HIRE/AUA graduates in patient care positions. Advanced Unlicensed Assistants have skills akin to an LPN and are in high-demand in most of Oklahoma’s largest hospitals. 

· The HIRE Internship Site of the Year went to Habitat for Humanity. 

Other awards presented at the event were: 

· Ambassador Award – awarded to the student who has been an outstanding reflection of the program on and off campus: Sakedra Kelley

· Outstanding Attendance – awarded to the student with the highest overall attendance for the last year: Joseph Walsh

· The Diamond Award – awarded to the student who has displayed commitment to the development of character in his or her personal life: Fatamia Rucker

· The Bulldog Award – awarded to the student who has shown the most tenacity in the pursuit of his or her goals: Brianna Robbins

MNTC’s HIRE program is a leader in providing education and employment services to Oklahomans receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy families). Since 1993, MNTC’s HIRE program has provided hundreds of individuals with the technical and personal skills and support necessary to become successful in today’s workplace.

To learn about MNTC’s full-time class options visit or call 405-364-5763.

University of Oklahoma / Integris team up for grant:Oklahoma’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system and one fo the state’s public universities have combined efforts and were recently awarded for their collaboration.

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Research scientist Trevor Snyder, Ph.D. and University of Oklahoma Associate Professor and Bioengineering Director David Schmidtke, Ph.D., recently received a two year, $488,883 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to investigate changes in the function of platelets caused by implantable blood pumps for severe heart failure.

Based on apparent damage to proteins involved in blood clotting caused by ventricular assist devices, or VADs, Snyder and Schmidtke will use the grant to investigate why some patients who receive VADs have episodes of bleeding. They hope to improve the design of the VAD and perfect pharmaceutical development for patients suffering from heart failure or blood issues.

OU Gaylord College awarded grant: The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma has been awarded two new grants totaling nearly $1.3 million through the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. State Department. 

This is the sixth State Department grant that Gaylord College has received for a total of more than $3 million over the past eight years.

The larger of the two new grants is a $1 million project for three years with Pakistan’s University of Gujrat to develop and expand their Center for Media and Communication Studies. The first team of Gujrat faculty arrives in Oklahoma in January.

The Pakistani university plans to build and program a broadcast television station. Gaylord College faculty will provide guidance in establishing the station and help generally with curricular development in journalism, video production and strategic communication.

The second grant for $360,000 will continue work that Gaylord College has done in Bangladesh for the past eight years. This project provides an extended industry experience for 18 media professionals in print and broadcasting who will visit Norman in April and October 2013 and be placed with media in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Two delegations of Oklahoma media professionals also will visit Bangladesh during the same year.

“It is a great credit to the quality of Gaylord College that it has been selected for key grants to further democracy and freedom of the press around the world," said University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren.

Together these programs, totaling nearly $3 million in grants, have trained more than 500 people in the U.S. and in the targeted countries. In addition to the South Asian initiatives, the college annually hosts about two-dozen journalists from Latin America as part of the State Department’s Edward R. Murrow Program.

— Transcript Staff

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