Enid Public Schools

Tonight, Enid Public Schools will celebrate its latest initiative to ensure all students are college and career ready.

A ribbon-cutting and open house for the Enid High School University Center will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight. The event will begin with a short program and ribbon cutting on the southside of the building, which is located on the school’s campus at 611 W. Wabash.

Special guest and speaker will be Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, a graduate of EHS.

The University Center, which opened three weeks ago, is home to Enid High’s full slate of Advanced Placement and dual credit course offerings. Thanks to partnerships with Northern Oklahoma College, Autry Technology Center and the College Board, students can earn enough credit to be college sophomores — without leaving the school’s campus.

University CenterThe academic offerings are expected to save families as much as $30,000 in higher education expenses. It is only the second program of its kind in the state of Oklahoma.

“The University Center will open doors for our students that might not otherwise be possible, and we couldn’t be more proud to share it with the community,” Superintendent Shawn Hime said. “We want every student to have the opportunity to begin their college career before they leave our classrooms. Next to safety and relationships, nothing is more important than providing the rigorous education they need to be successful.”

The 20-classroom addition features state-of-the-art science labs and technology. EHS provides textbooks for high school- and college-level classes free of charge. In addition to housing advanced coursework, the new building also addresses the issue of much-needed classroom space at EHS.

During the ribbon-cutting/open house, the district will also celebrate two new programs/partnerships that will enhance facility’s academic offerings: the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship and the National Math and Science Initiative.

Thanks to a partnership with the Enid Public School Foundation and the Ray Davis Family Trust, EHS seniors in financial need will receive assistance with college-related fees.The scholarship is named in honor of the late Vicki and Kevin Davis, who believed in the importance and power of education.

EHS is one of only three Oklahoma schools to be selected for a NMSI grant this school year. The program offers national-caliber professional development training for teachers and provides support and incentives for students taking Advanced Placement coursework.