AT&T today announced a $10,000 contribution to the Western Oklahoma State College (WOSC) Foundation to support the college’s Navigating for Success program. The program will help identify students who are at risk of dropping out of or failing college so that steps can be taken to intervene and help them stay in school and be successful in college.
“We are grateful for AT&T’s support and for its longstanding commitment to advancing educational opportunities in western Oklahoma,” said Phil Birdine, president, Western Oklahoma State College. “Equipping students with the resources and skills that they need to achieve college, career and life success is fundamental to our mission. AT&T’s support will help enable our efforts to close the achievement gap and prepare Western students for their next step in life.”
Western Oklahoma State College began the 2015-2016 academic year with “Student Success” as its focus and has launched several new initiatives on campus including the implementation of new peer and professional mentoring programs.
Navigating for Success is part of the “Student Success” effort and will use the information provided by the initiatives to target students who are at risk of dropping out of or failing college. Currently, a central depository for all information related to student success including attendance, grades, and behavior does not exist on the college’s campus. Navigating for Success will gather data from the retention software, professional mentors and peer mentors. With the aid of predictive analysis, student data will be assessed and a determination will be made for the best method of intervention.
Interventions may range from a simple phone call or text message to connecting the student with one of the campus tutoring resources. Some instances may call for an appointment with the campus counselor or an academic advisor. Whatever the case, Navigating for Success will meet the student at the point of concern and help move him or her toward a path of success.
“Providing a quality education is one of the most important gifts that we can give our students. It is also the cornerstone of strong communities,” said Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus. “I want to thank AT&T for its commitment to education and to the Altus community. AT&T’s support for Western Oklahoma State College and the Navigating for Success program demonstrates the importance of investing in students today to prepare them for success tomorrow.”
“We are proud to support the Western Oklahoma State College Foundation because we believe that investing in education and helping fund programs that put students on a path to success benefits both the students and our business,” said Steve Hahn, president, AT&T Oklahoma.
AT&T’s support for WOSC Foundation is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to education. Among the most significant corporate educational initiatives in the U.S., AT&T and its Aspire initiative have already impacted more than 1 million students across all 50 states since the program launched in 2008. Through AT&T Aspire, the company has committed to investing $350 million to education.
Judith Meyer is the Director of Public Information for Western Oklahoma State College