Lawton has a robust education system with K-12 working closely with Cameron University and the Great Plains Technology Center to best prepare children and adults for the modern work place. Oklahoma is home to world class research universities.
Lawton Public Schools
Lawton Public Schools focus on a high graduate rate, preparing students for college, and inspiring many students to consider science and technology careers.
In 2011, Lawton Public Schools launched an advanced placement classes program in conjunction with the National Math & Science Initiative to encourage students to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Northrop Grumman is a co-operative partner in offering advanced placement classes at one Lawton high school. Agreements are being worked out with other industry partners to bring advanced placement classes to Lawton's other high schools.
Lawton Public Schools has 24 elementary schools, 2 pre-kindergarten centers, 4 middle schools, 3 high schools and an alternative education center.
Lawton has a significant number of national merit scholars in keeping with an 85.4 percent graduation rate and 51.8 percent of students going to college.
Lawton Public Schools boast a strong fine arts program with drama, orchestra and choral activities.
At the same time, Lawton Public Schools has such an outstanding program for special needs students that military members stationed across the country with special needs children can request to be stationed at Fort Sill to take advantage of the Lawton Public Schools program.
Professionals seeking promotion or advanced job skills enhancement can turn to Cameron University, a state institution offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 degree programs.
Business and criminal justice programs are the most popular on the undergraduate level, and Cameron offers six master's degree programs in business administration (MBA), behavioral sciences and education.
Cameron erected a new building in 2009 for its School of Business, which includes a simulated live trading floor and a class that allows students to make investments with real money.
Cameron for several years now has seen thriving enrollment growth with 6,387 students enrolled in fall 2011, the largest enrollment ever at the Lawton's institution for higher learning. This includes 340 international students from 48 countries, and students from across Oklahoma migrate to Cameron because it has the second lowest cost among Oklahoma universities.
U.S. News and World Report in 2010 found that graduates from Cameron carried the third-lowest debt load among the 572 institutions surveyed. Many graduate with no debt at all, thanks to the low tuition rates and substantial scholarships available in a scholarship program that continues to expand.
Great Plains Technology Center
Great Plains Technology Center is like a vocational high school, community college and center for continuing education all rolled into one. The center has 600 full-time high school students, 600 full-time adult students, 3,000 part-time adult students and 12,000 employees sent by regional businesses for specific training. Full-time adults graduate with a 92 percent success rate in finding a job.
Great Plains collaborates closely with area businesses to build a curriculum to give students the precise skills to succeed in the Lawton work place. Businesses can approach Great Plains with specific needs, and a training program may be developed to meet those needs.
Great Plains offers majors in the realms of architecture and construction; arts, audio-visual technologies and communications; business, management and administration; education and training; health science; hospitality and tourism; information technology; law, public safety, corrections and security; manufacturing; transportation, distribution and logistics. The Technology Center can provide employee training for high-level tasks.
Each year Great Plains Technology Center graduates 150 licensed practical nurses, radiologic technologists, surgical technologists and advanced respiratory therapists; 125 welders, carpenters, electricians and construction trades specialists; 150 nurse and home health aides, pharmacy techs, phlebotomists, EMT's and paramedics; and 175 computer technology, network security and graphic design students.
Great Plains also has an economic development center that provides business courses designed for the smallest businesses as well as the local giants, Goodyear Tire and Fort Sill. Business solutions courses are offered in the areas of entrepreneurship and business development; agricultural enterprise management; management and leadership development; government procurement assistance; safety and environmental services; corporate training and employee development; corporate recruitment; employee selection; and computer training.
Center for Emerging Technology & Entrepreneurial Studies
Center for Emerging Technology & Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES) is a consolidated economic development venture that operates out of Cameron University to promote the creation and growth of technology-based companies, create skilled employment opportunities, and prepare people to be effective contributors to the 21st century economy of Southwest Oklahoma.
The key functions of CETES include:
- Growing and nurturing emerging technology companies in a state of the art technology incubator, providing a structure that assists the companies with technological support, angel and venture capital networking, and developing vital entrepreneurial skills so necessary to success.
- Assisting in efforts to support the viability and expansion of technology-based military missions at Fort Sill and Altus Air Force Base.
- Creating a viable 21st Century workforce skilled to work with and invent the technologies so critical to the future of this region.
- Providing a catalyst and center point for Regional Economic Development activities in Southwest Oklahoma, consistent with higher education's activist role in the implementation of EDGE initiatives.
Platt College exists to create a workforce of professionals with the skills and training necessary to answer the needs of today's and tomorrow's workplace. Because students receive the rigors of academic discipline as well as hands-on experience in their chosen fields, employers can rest assured they will hire a confident graduate who is well prepared and possesses valuable experience.
State University System
The Oklahoma State University System is a university system comprising six world class educational institutes across Oklahoma: four general academic universities and two health institutions.
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepares students for success. OSU is America's Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 35,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, located in Weatherford Oklahoma, is one of six state supported regional universities governed by the Regional University System of Oklahoma. The University's academic organization includes the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy, College of Professional and Graduate Studies, and the College of Associate and Applied Programs
The mission of Southwestern Oklahoma State University is to provide educational opportunities in higher education that meet the needs of the state and region; contribute to the educational, economic, and cultural environment; and support scholarly activity. Major areas of study on the Weatherford campus, associate degree programs on the Sayre campus, the general education curriculum, and participation in student activities/organizations provide opportunities for students to obtain skills, knowledge, and cultural appreciation that lead to productive lives and effective citizenship.
University of Oklahoma
Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as the only Very High Research university in the state, the University of Oklahoma serves the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation. OU enrolls more than 30,000 students on its campuses in Norman, in Oklahoma City at the OU Health Sciences Center, and at the Schusterman Center, the site of OU-Tulsa. The University's Norman campus is the site of OU's Research Campus, a collaborative environment where academia, industry, and government build on the University's intellectual vitality. Collectively, the federal and private entities housed on the Research Campus represent more than 750 technology and knowledge-based jobs for the Norman community and the state of Oklahoma.
University of Oklahoma-Fort Sill
The University of Oklahoma, in 1964, began serving the educational needs of the U.S. Armed Forces. At Fort Sill, OU offers master's degree programs in Public Administration, International Relations, Human Relations, Economics and Communication. Courses are taught in an intensive format that includes pre-class preparation, pre- and post-class assignments plus two weekends of on-site instruction. Courses are taught by OU faculty and degrees can be earned in 18 to 24 months.