YPS, SWOSU announce innovative partnership

Dr. Jason Simeroth

Yukon Public Schools (YPS) and Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in Weatherford have entered into a partnership to provide higher education benefits for Yukon students and employees.

“Our state leaders have asked that educational entities in the state look at innovative and cooperative relationships,” said Oklahoma Chancellor of Higher Education Glen Johnson. “This is a great example of that effort.”

Within the agreement, SWOSU will allow YPS juniors and seniors to enroll in up to 18 hours of concurrent enrollment tuition-free, providing eligible high school students with an opportunity to earn college credit.

“We are excited about the potential of our partnership with SWOSU,” YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said. “This will bring a presence to Yukon that will help our students, our teachers and the community as a whole.”

YPS employees will receive tuition at a discounted rate for education-related undergraduate and graduate courses from SWOSU, including educational programs to encourage educators with alternative teaching certifications to become permanently certified and certified teachers to pursue furthering their education.

SWOSU President Randy Beutler

“We feel this partnership provides added value and improved access for everyone involved,” SWOSU President Randy Beutler said. “The university is enthusiastic about working with the Yukon community to provide this win-win opportunity for teachers and students, and we look forward to a long relationship with YPS.”

Effective Aug. 1, YPS will offer classroom space for SWOSU undergraduate and graduate courses, providing easier access for local residents to pursue higher education as well.

“Collaborative partnerships like this one are key to a school community’s success” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “Not only can students participate in higher education learning while still in high school, educators are able to gain valuable knowledge that they can pass along to their students. I’m proud of Yukon for seeking out and supporting an opportunity to give a boost to their students and staff.”