50 YEARS OF RISING
With Rose State College
From The President
Rose State opened its doors in the fall of 1970 as ‘Oscar Rose Junior College’ with a desire to provide higher education to the community with a handful of students. Throughout the last 50 years, Rose State College has welcomed more than 270,000 students.
In 2020, Rose State celebrates its 50th anniversary as a center of academic learning for students from 66 counties in Oklahoma, 34 U.S. states and 25 countries.
We hope you’ll mark your calendars to join us as we celebrate our golden anniversary.
About Rose State College
Rose State College offered its first classes under the name Oscar Rose Junior College in September 1970. Since then, the campus has grown to more than 22 buildings and has awarded more than 23,000 degrees.
Rose State has been committed to preparing students to be career ready for 50 years, and that commitment is only getting stronger as we move into the next 50 years.
According to the Lumina Foundation, by 2025, 77% of the new jobs in Oklahoma will require a post-secondary degree with only 53% of those jobs needing an associate’s degree or certificate.
Rose State has multiple programs aimed at jobs listed as a critical occupation in Oklahoma, including Engineering Technicians, Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Medical Laboratory Technicians among others.
When it comes to cyber security, there could be as many as 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs globally by 2021. Rose State has one of the largest Cyber Security degree programs in the Oklahoma City area to meet the growing need.
History of Rose State
- Senate Bill 2 approves the establishment of community junior colleges in the state.
- State Regents ordered the establishment of Midwest City Junior College and was the first comprehensive community college in Oklahoma to be established under the Legislative Act of 1967.
State Regents officially change name of Midwest City Junior College to Oscar Rose Junior College.
- Enrollment began in the Traub Elementary School Building. The main offices for Student Services were housed in a trailer house on the Traub School Grounds.
- Sept. 21, 1970 – Classes begin at Oscar Rose Junior College. Classes began with an enrollment of 1,767 students in both the business/Social Sciences Building and the Engineering/Science Building. Only 1,000 students were anticipated during the first year of operation – 2,608 students were served.
- The 18,900-square-foot Learning Resources Center was opened.
- The 21,200-square-foot gymnasium was completed.
- The first 8 students graduated from Oscar Rose Junior College with Associate of Arts Degrees.
- Student Center groundbreaking held.
- Board of Trustees approved the college logo created by Steve Reeves, college photographer.
- “The Oscar Rose Junior College district includes Midwest City, Del City, and part of Oklahoma City who were commonly referred to as the Golden Triangle. Therefore, the three hollow, gold arrows pointing outward signify the College reaching into these three communities. The solid blue arrows pointing inward signify the people of the communities coming into the college. At the core of the logo is the student, representing the Oscar Rose Junior College philosophy of a college centered around the student.”
- Became a “state junior college” – a full-member institution of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education with a Board of Regents appointed by the Governor.
- The State Board of Regents approved Oscar Rose Junior College as a “qualified vocational-technical area school.”
- Stallion becomes emblem for Raiders.
- National Accreditation was awarded to the College from the North Central Association for 10 years.
- Accreditation was also received for the Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technology and the Medical Laboratory Technology Programs.
- Oscar Rose Junior College was designated the Oklahoma Environmental Training Center for water and wastewater system operator training.
- Selected as site for Oklahoma’s only Wastewater Technician School by the EPA.
- The Management Training Center was established to provide instruction to Tinker Air Force Base personnel on campus.
- The Tom Steed Center for Career Development was opened.
- Senate Bill #9 changed name to Rose State College.
- Completed the Aquatic Center and Child Development Laboratory Center.
- Expanded the maintenance building.
- Mascot changed from Stallion to Spirit Bird (Roadrunner).
- College buries time capsule in countdown to 2000.
- Dr. Larry Nutter is inaugurated president.
- Rose State College cheerleaders win national championship.
- The first Global Oklahoma, an international festival, was held on campus.
- Rose State College celebrated its 20th anniversary. Milestones included:
- 18 buildings
- 390 full-time employees
- 150 full-time faculty
- 14,993 total enrollment for this year
- 241,674 total enrollment over 20 years
- 9,124 degrees awarded over 20 years
- Rose State College cheerleaders bring home national championship.
- Groundbreaking held for the communication building.
- The official dedication and ribbon-cutting was held for the Communications Center.
- President’s Leadership Class began.
- Continuing Education began offering classes for children through its new Kids’ College.
- Cyber Security academic program was created.
- The home of W.P. “Bill” and Rubye Atkinson was officially transferred to the Rose State College Foundation. Atkinson was the founder of Midwest City. The property was later renamed the Atkinson Heritage Center, and was leased to Rose State College for 99 years. The property is maintained by a $350,000 Atkinson Heritage Center Endowment.
- The 32,000-square-foot Professional Training and Education Center opened.
- Groundbreaking for the new $9.09 million 47,000-square-foot Health Sciences Center was held.
- The “Ticket to Rose” program was implemented providing gap funding for tuition and mandatory fees beyond what financial aid and scholarships satisfied for students who have graduated from the Mid-Del School District.
Sept. 21, 2010
- A 40th anniversary celebration of Rose State College was held. Milestones included:
- 22 buildings
- 400 full-time employees
- 120 full-time faculty
- 13,193 Total FY ’10 Enrollment
- 22,530 degrees awarded over 40 years.
- Voters of Mid-Del Technical District approve a $22 million bond project for capital improvements to the Rose State College campus.
- Ribbon Cutting on Student Housing (only urban community college with on-campus housing).
- Rowdy the mascot was updated with a new logo/design.
- Learning Resource Center Ribbon Cutting.
- Construction begins on the new Student Union (estimated completion fall 2020).
- Construction begins on student housing Phase II.
Share A Memory With Us!
Are you an alumnus of Rose State College or a community member with fond memories? Share your memory with us and you may see your words shared with our campaign this year!
Support Rose State
Rose State College continues to grow with top enrollments, state-of-the-art facilities and an outstanding quality of education! As our community college succeeds, the surrounding communities continue to benefit from our success.
As a community supporter, you not only provide support for Rose State College Foundation events, but also provides student scholarships and funding for educational enhancements to improve the community’s quality of life. Your investment in us, is an investment in our community.
I hope you will consider supporting the Rose State College Foundation events in 2020 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rose State College! We have bundled various sponsorship opportunities in the downloadable brochure and would be honored to have your business as a Community Partner.
Thank you for your partnership with Rose State as we continue to make great strides in providing opportunities for students in our community!
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