University of Phoenix Opens Owasso Campus

Owasso, Claremore and Bartlesville residents attending the University of Phoenix will be able to take classes a bit closer to home beginning April 30.
UOPX opened the Owasso Learning Center on April 16 in Tyann Plaza at 944 N. Owasso Expressway in Suites I and J. The 6,000-SF center boasts two classrooms and a fully-staffed rEsource Center, where students have access to 20 computers, one-on-one tutoring and learning workshops.
“About 25 percent of our students live in Owasso. We wanted them to be able to attend classes closer to home,” said Lori Santiago, University of Phoenix vice president of Oklahoma campuses.
“(The opening of the Owasso campus) was based on the needs of our students,” Santiago told the Tulsa Business Journal. “We were hearing that they want to be closer to home at 10 o’clock at night.”
“From a business perspective, we know that education is the background of any community’s success and offering post-secondary education is extremely important to our future economic development endeavors,” said Owasso Chamber of Commerce President Gary Akin in a release. “Owasso’s K-12 public and private schools attract a lot of families. Higher education is the next step. We appreciate the investment University of Phoenix has made in Owasso and the contribution it will make to our overall quality of life and community growth.”
There are 1,800 students in Oklahoma enrolled in University of Phoenix and 397,700 nationwide.
UOPX students earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees by attending evening classes, once per week and one at a time. They can earn a bachelor’s degree in four years and a master’s in 15 months.
For now, only the Bachelor of Science in Business program is available through the UOPX Owasso campus, and within that degree, students may choose from a number of emphases, including accounting, finance in management.
In the future, Santiago said, UOPX will expand the degrees available through the Owasso campus.
The classrooms at the Owasso campus are interactive, with round-table seating where students and instructors can connect to wall-mounted plasma displays, all powered from a multimedia podium. The entire campus is WiFi-enabled.
The Owasso Learning Center can accommodate 200 students, and 15 will be there on the first night of classes. The center will also service students who take classes online, Santiago said.
Students may drop into the rEsource Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students who desire tutoring must simply call ahead and a UOPX instructor will meet them at the center.
UOPX also has a campus in Oklahoma City and is opening another in west Oklahoma City, near Yukon, in August.
“We know we have a lot of students who come from the Sand Springs and Sapulpa area, so we may put a campus somewhere out in that direction next,” Santiago said.

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