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Yukon district announces partnership with SWOSU

Yukon Public Schools and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford have entered into a partnership to provide higher education benefits for Yukon students and employees.

“Our state leaders have asked that educational entities in the state look at innovative and cooperative relationships,” Oklahoma Chancellor of Higher Education Glen Johnson said. “This is a great example of that effort.”

Within the agreement, SWOSU will allow Yukon Public Schools' juniors and seniors to enroll in up to 18 hours of concurrent enrollment tuition-free, providing eligible high school students an opportunity to earn college credit.

“We are excited about the potential of our partnership with SWOSU. This will bring a presence to Yukon that will help our students, our teachers and the community as a whole,” Yukon Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth said.

Yukon school employees will receive tuition at a discounted rate for education-related undergraduate and graduate courses from SWOSU, including educational programs to encourage educators with alternative teaching certifications to become permanently certified and certified teachers to pursue furthering their education.

“We feel this partnership provides added value and improved access for everyone involved,” SWOSU President Randy Beutler said. “The university is enthusiastic about working with the Yukon community to provide this win-win opportunity for teachers and students, and we look forward to a long relationship with YPS.”

Effective Aug. 1, Yukon Schools will offer classroom space for SWOSU undergraduate and graduate courses, providing easier access for local residents to pursue higher education, as well.

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