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Special to The Sun—
ALTUS, Okla. – Western Oklahoma State College – WINDS (Westerns Initiative for Developing Students), a U.S. Department of Education Trio Grants Program, recently obtained funding for another five-year cycle.
With Western for 20 years, WINDS focuses on assisting first generation, low income, disabled and underrepresented students to successfully attend and complete their degree at Western and then transfer to a four-year university.
WINDS educational services are heavily utilized at Western and demand is expected to increase as COVID-19 creates new accessibility and accountability issues for students. Western and WINDS is committed to successfully fulfill the vital mission of providing high quality education, support student success and empower individuals to become productive members of local, regional and global communities.
The five-year grant awarded to WINDS is $1,441,575.
Mike Pate is the Project Director on campus with Bruce Wilson, Assistant Director, and Leigh Sheridan, Student Success Specialist.
WOSC is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in the state of Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide high quality education, support student success and empower individuals to become productive members of local, regional and global communities.
Western offers high-quality associate degrees and certificates to its five-county service area and beyond.