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Oklahoma City Community College

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There are a number of different colleges and universities in Oklahoma, but there are only a few in Oklahoma City itself.  I know many high school students or adults looking to go back to school may be interested in knowing more about Oklahoma City colleges, so I thought I’d write a short post about each one.  For this entry, I’m going to focus on Oklahoma City Community College, or O-Triple-C, as it’s commonly called.

OCCC is one of two community colleges in the city (the other is Oklahoma State University’s OKC branch, or OSU-OKC).  OCCC offer’s associate’s degrees, certificates, continuing education, and adult education classes, and you can even take some classes online or via distance learning.  In fact, some degrees can be earned without ever stepping foot on campus.

Another great thing about OCCC is their fast track program.  Every semester, a number of these fast track courses are offered.  Instead of spending 16 weeks on a class (the normal amount), you can finish a class in four or five weeks.  The downside to these courses is that you may have to attend classes on Saturday.  For example, the American government fast track class for Spring 2008 met from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm every Saturday between Jan. 19 and Feb. 16.  The good news is that you make all five of those classes, and you’re done with government.  The bad news is that you have to make certain you have those five Saturdays free.

Fast track courses are a good way to knock out some of the basic classes that everyone has to take.  It’s hard to do your entire degree via fast track.  For starters, nearly every fast track class is on Saturday, and it’s almost impossible to find two that don’t overlap.  Even though there are three fast track sessions each semester, that’s still only three courses.  You’ll almost always need to supplement the fast track classes with at least one regular course.  Many students at other colleges will take a fast track course here and there and then transfer the credits.  This lets them get their basics out of the way (sometimes for a lot less money) while still taking a full course load in their major.

That’s another great OCCC feature—the tuition.  The other two universities located in OKC’s city limits are Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Christian University, both private, expensive places.  At $55 per credit hour, OCCC is one of the cheapest colleges in the city, perhaps even the state.  You can’t beat that, especially if you want to get your basics out of the way and graduate a year early.  If you don’t want to take fast track courses alongside your more advanced classes during the fall or spring, you can always take three or four summer classes at OCCC to get ahead.  Just be sure the credits will transfer to your other university.

Some people tend to assume community colleges won’t offer as much as four year colleges and universities, but OCCC is not lacking in any regard.  The campus is very up to date, the academic programs are thorough, and the faculty are experts in their fields.  OCCC offers a number of internships and other programs to help students move directly into the workplace or transfer to a four year program. 

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