L to R: Regent Dwight Spencer, Regent Ron Lawson, Regent Jahni Bachman, Regent Carroll Huggins, Buddy Spencer, President Jay Falkner, Regent Belva Barber, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Sallisaw Campus Director Jaime Henson, Regent Lavon Williams.
Recently, through instrumental efforts on the part of Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, the Cherokee Nation donated $100,000 to the Sallisaw campus of Carl Albert State College. The donation will further technology efforts on the campus, and serve as a foundation for a future digital media program. Additional technology equipment will be added to the Sallisaw campus to enhance the virtual learning environment and capabilities already in place, and also on the horizon.
“We are excited about the opportunities this donation will provide to all Carl Albert students, not just those on the Sallisaw campus,” said Sallisaw campus director, Jaime Henson. “The Sallisaw campus will serve as the virtual learning hub for our students, but each Carl Albert student will benefit from this, regardless of the campus they’re attending. This includes our concurrent students as well. It is a huge win for our entire institution.”
Additionally, Carl Albert State College plans to implement a digital media and marketing program, which will launch in the Fall of 2022. Part of the funds from the Cherokee Nation donation will support this initiative. “Our goal at Carl Albert is to remain ahead of the demands of our local economy,” said President Jay Falkner. “We are fully aware of the need for digital technology and media in nearly every industry. Our goal is to support the demands of local employers through training up and educating media and marketing professionals, and equipping them to be experts in their field of study.”
At their last scheduled meeting, held on the Sallisaw campus, the CASC Board of Regents thanked Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr., and also celebrated the efforts of Deputy Chief Warner in securing the generous donation. Chief Hoskin lauded the talents and efforts of Deputy Chief Warner, and attributed many of his fine qualities to his time serving at Carl Albert State College. “This institution helped shape him and it’s good for the Cherokee Nation because it makes him a better deputy chief,” said Hoskin.
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