Stillwater, Okla. (Feb. 11, 2009)—The Oklahoma Lottery has contributed $250M to Oklahoma education with more than $110M used to pay for debt service on a higher education capital projects bond issue. These projects can be seen on college and university campuses throughout the state including Oklahoma City Community College.
Funds from the higher education capital bond issue were used to help expand OCCC’s Health Professions Education Center.
According to OCCC president, Dr. Paul Sechrist, the center was added to the campus with the needs of the community in mind.
“We align with the economic priorities in workforce needs in greater Oklahoma City. We need more allied health professionals to fill positions at the major hospitals and clinics,” said Sechrist. “As the fifth largest college in the state, this new building and new health programs allow us to continue to offer innovative opportunities all while focusing on each individual student and ensuring their success.”
The Oklahoma Education Lottery Act, passed in November 2004, designates the net proceeds of all Lottery games for educational improvements and enhancements statewide. The funds benefit all levels of education from Pre-K to higher education. The higher education capital bond issue Gov. Brad Henry signed into law in 2005 allows colleges and universities to access these funds for renovations and expansions to serve more students effectively and efficiently.
Lottery funds have contributed to the betterment of the following educational systems:
Helped fund the Delores O’Guin Mitchell Library, a state-of-the-art electronic library.
Northeastern State University
Assisted in renovating its science building, developing its Enrollment Management Center and renovating areas of its Broken Arrow campus.
Helped fund the new science and agriculture building to continue the university’s ongoing contribution to agricultural education.
Used funds to build its Agriculture Resource Center’s conservatory, a living laboratory of plant varieties.
Helped finance its Public Safety Training Center, a 22,000 square foot building housing classes for students in police, fire and emergency medical technology, early care education, crime victim/survivor, and chemical abuse studies.
Assisted in renovating its occupational safety and health, and theatre buildings and
helped build a new general classroom building.
University of Central Oklahoma
Helping fund the construction of its forensic science building to be completed in Fall 2009.
Assisted in financing the National Weather Center, the largest research center of its kind in the nation.
Northern Oklahoma College
Helping build, expand and renovate campus buildings for academic and administrative purposes.
Assisting in building a new interdisciplinary research building and the restoration and renovation of South Murray Hall.
Lottery proceeds are used throughout the state to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.