Coffee with Cameron and Western, hosted by Cameron University and Western Oklahoma State College, will come to the Main Street location of White Buffalo Coffee Bar in Altus on Tuesday, October 22. The event is an opportunity for high school students, adults wishing to earn a degree, and veterans to learn about degree programs, resources, financial assistance and more at CU and Western.
Prospective students are invited to stop in for a cup of coffee between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to learn about applying for admission, academic programs, financial aid and more. Those who inquire about Cameron University or Western Oklahoma State College will receive a free cup of coffee. The White Buffalo Coffee Bar is located at 2001 N. Main Street.
“Coffee with Cameron and Western will enable representatives from both institutions to meet prospective students where they are,” said Brenda Dally, Director of Admissions at Cameron University. “White Buffalo Coffee Bar is a staple in the Altus community, and we are ecstatic to be partnering with them for this special event. Cameron is thrilled to co-sponsor this event with Western. Both institutions offer exceptional higher education opportunities for all individuals who are seeking to further their education.”
Western is among the most affordable two-year community colleges in Oklahoma, especially when housing is included with tuition and mandatory fees. Likewise, the cost of a Cameron degree is the lowest of any four-year university in Oklahoma when room and board is included with tuition and mandatory fees.
“We are excited about this collaborative effort to serve the students of southwest Oklahoma,” said Terri Pearson, Western Vice President for Student Support Services. “We believe assisting students in the transfer process is an important piece to successful completion of a bachelor degree.”
High school students interested in getting a jump-start on a college degree can learn about concurrent courses available at both Cameron and Western, and military members stationed at Altus Air Force Base, as well as their spouses, are encouraged to learn about the educational opportunities available in southwest Oklahoma.
“We look forward to meeting with Western students who are about to graduate with an associate degree and who plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree,” Dally said. “We’re also hoping to meet high school students from Altus and the surrounding communities who may want to start their college education at Western and then attend Cameron upon completing an associate degree.”
Cameron will waive its $20 application fee for anyone who applies for admission on-site while visiting with CU representatives.
Western offers 21 degree programs, including both associate degrees and certificates. These degrees are designed not only as transfer degrees but also as terminal degrees that allow students to go directly into the workforce.
“Workforce needs are changing in the state,” said Chrystal Overton, Western Vice President for Academic Affairs. “According to the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, more than 70 percent of the new jobs created in western Oklahoma by 2025 will require at least some additional postsecondary training or college education. We want our community members to know they have access to higher education, and we are here to assist them.”
Cameron’s small class sizes are ideal for Western students who are accustomed to one-on-one instruction.
Offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nearly 50 areas of study, CU has an average student-to-professor ratio of 19:1. Transfer students can visit CU’s online transfer equivalency database to learn how credits earned at Western will apply to CU’s degree programs. Credits earned at Western will transfer to CU.
“One of the things we’re most proud of at Cameron is the amount of financial assistance we offer to students,” said Dally. “Our financial assistance services staff members are committed to helping every student explore financial aid opportunities, whether it’s helping a student fill out the FAFSA or researching scholarships. Of particular interest to current Western students are the transfer scholarships available at Cameron. We are proud to note that more than 60 percent of CU students graduate without incurring any student debt.”
For more information on Western’s degree programs, visit www.wosc.edu or call 580-477-2000. To learn about Cameron’s degree programs, go to www.cameron.edu or call 888-454-7600.
October 7, 2019