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CORE VALUES – C.O.R.E.
Celebrating a diverse campus, local and global community of people and displaying professionalism and compassion in all interactions.
Presenting current trends and future possibilities for career, academic and personal enrichment.
Building mutual respect, integrity and confidence for ourselves, for others and for the environment.
Continually striving to achieve the highest standards and exhibit excellence in our programs and relationships with all stakeholders
General education and other university-parallel coursework.
One and two-year programs of collegiate-level technical-occupational education to prepare individuals to enter the workforce.
Programs of remedial and developmental education.
Formal and informal programs of study especially designed to serve community needs for continuing education.
Programs of institutional research to improve the college's efficiency and effectiveness.
Special support and activity programs which assist and enrich students' educational experience.
Programs of economic development, in conjunction with area colleges and universities which serve the needs of our service area.
A. Student Success
SSC is committed to helping students reach their educational goals. To this end, the impact on students will be the first and foremost consideration in the establishment of institutional policies, procedures, programs and services. Most importantly, the college will foster a learning environment that values and nurtures the process of students working toward self-chosen personal and academic goals.
B. Universal Access
SSC will make its programs and services broadly accessible to students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
C. Extensive and Effective Collaboration
SSC will encourage and implement working partnerships with other agencies or firms to enhance the quantity and quality of services provided.
D. Instructional Innovation.
SSC will use technology and diverse teaching methodologies to affect greater quality and efficiency in the delivery of educational programs and services.
E. Quality over Quantity
SSC will dedicate its limited resources only to high quality programs and services.
Seminole State College, established in 1931 as Seminole Junior College, is located in the east central portion of the state in Seminole, Oklahoma, a designated All-American City with a population of approximately 7,500.
Originally organized as an extension of the local high school, classes were held at Seminole High School and taught by high school faculty until 1969. In that year, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recommended the development of a state-supported junior college which would be separate from the local high school.
Responding to the challenge, Seminole citizens worked with state and local leaders to develop Seminole Junior College. Dr. Elmer Tanner was employed as the college’s first president, and classes were offered at the First Presbyterian Church in Seminole.
The community continued its support for the new college by approving a $250,000 bond issue, by an 8 to 1 margin, for construction of a college administration and classroom building and by donating forty acres for a new campus. In March 1971, the citizens of Seminole approved a one-cent sales tax to help support the college until 1975, when SJC became a fully state-supported institution. At the time, Seminole was the only community in the state of Oklahoma to ever impose a sales tax on itself for the support of a college.
In the spring of 1996, the Seminole Junior College Board of Regents passed a resolution requesting that the Oklahoma legislature and the Governor change the name of the institution to better reflect its institutional mission. The Oklahoma legislature and Governor Frank Keating approved the change of name to Seminole State College in May, 1996.
In addition to Dr. Tanner, the college has been led by three other presidents. Gregory Fitch served from 1982 to 1987, and Dr. Jim Cook served from 1987 to 1996. In January of 1997, Dr. James W. Utterback became chief executive officer of Seminole State College.
Seminole State College is fully accredited by:
Seminole State College seeks to be an institution of unparalleled excellence, regarded by both internal and external constituents as a college whose quality is second-to-none, where employees and regents make a continual effort to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our community and our students.
On behalf of the Regents, faculty, staff and students of Seminole State College, I would like to welcome you to our campus web site. We hope you will spend a few moments to take a virtual tour of our Colleges academic and athletic programs, business and industry training opportunities, as well as our fine campus facilities.
With each link, you will notice that Seminole State College is entering a dynamic era of progress. It is an era of academic excellence, athletic pride and institutional advancement. The campus community has welcomed this new era of growth with enthusiasm, determination and dedication. Our faculty and staff have made a commitment to excellence, which is at the forefront of the Colleges continued growth and development. Our students have represented the institution with academic distinction, a strong competitive spirit and school pride.
You will also notice that Seminole State College offers many exemplary programs dedicated to student advancement. Our nationally acclaimed student assessment program, computerized testing, computerized classes and Internet-learning sessions, are just a few of the technologically advanced programs youll find at our College.
We are also strong supporters of business and industry training and global education. The Business and Industry Program offers area businesses and their employees an opportunity to receive customized training to enhance their skills and improve business efficiency. Furthermore, the Colleges Foreign Studies Program allows both students and community members the opportunity to travel abroad to learn first-hand about the culture, art and history of other countries.
At Seminole State College, were dedicated to serving our students in the best way possible. We take pride in providing meaningful services to our students and surrounding communities. Seminole State College is an example of the phenomenal accomplishments that can be realized through effective teamwork. By working together, we can look forward to exciting and dynamic outcomes in the years to come.
Again, welcome to Seminole State Colleges web site. Thank you for visiting. Please let us know if we may be of any service to you.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have authorized SSC to provide the following types of learning experiences and services to meet its mission: