McKeon Outlines Owasso Offerings

A new Owasso learning center could bring a variety of new courses to interested students, according to Dr. Tom McKeon, Tulsa Community College president.

McKeon spoke to business leaders Wednesday during the monthly Owasso Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Bailey Educational Foundation. He outlined the proposed $16 million Owasso Learning Center, TCC intends to build if a $76 million bond issue is passed on May 13 by Tulsa County voters.

On Tuesday evening the Owasso City Council approved a capital improvements priority resolution that included land acquisition and the building of a road for the coming year.

McKeon outlined some of the courses the new campus will offer students.

Based on market research conducted among Owasso residents about one year ago, courses in business, leadership and health care will be among those offered.

He also said TCC is seeking state approval from the Oklahoma Higher Education Board of Regents for a program that will focus on cardiovascular technology and stenopathy.

“This would be the first one in the state of Oklahoma,” McKeon said.

The campus would be built on 25 aces that borders 30 acres currently owned by Tulsa Technology Center, who plans to break ground on a new facility sometime this fall just north of 106th Street North and east of Hwy. 169.

TCC and Tulsa Tech will seek to utilize a joint library, food services and a technology lab if possible, McKeon said.

He said the 7.1 increase in mills would result in about $50 annually for a person owning a house valued at $100,000. The bond would be for a seven year term.

McKeon said funds for the bond will also benefit every other exisiting TCC campus in Tulsa County.

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