Seminole State College, also referred to as SSC, is a state supported community college located in Seminole, Oklahoma, United States. The institute was founded in 1931 as Seminole Junior College. The Seminole Junior College Board of Regents requested the Oklahoma legislature and the Governor to rename the institution to better reflect its mission and it became Seminole State College in May, 1996. Since its inception, the Seminole State College has followed the four core principles: Compassion, Opportunity, Respect, and Excellence.
Seminole State College is fully accredited by The North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. SSC has other regional and discipline-based accreditations from accrediting bodies such as The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences; The National League for Nursing; and The Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
Seminole State College also has affiliations with or memberships in several other associations such as American Anthropological Association, AMIGOS Bibliographic Service, Central Oklahoma Tech Prep Consortium, Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma, Institute for Oklahoma Nursing Education, National League for Nursing, Sigma English Honor Society Kappa Delta, and Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, to name a few.
Seminole State College aims to provide general education and other university-equivalent coursework. It offers one and two-year programs of collegiate-level and technical-occupational education to train students to enter the workforce. These are programs of developmental and remedial education. SSC also offers formal and informal programs that are designed to serve community needs for continuing education.
The technical occupational degrees offered at SSC include Applied Technology, Applied Business, Applied Business FastTrack, Medical Lab Technology, Nursing, Career Mobility for LPN, and Coop in Nursing. The transfer programs include Business & Information Studies; General Ed. Requirements; General Reference Form; General Studies; Health, Phys. Ed & Recreation; Language Arts & Humanities; Math, Science & Engineering; and Social Sciences.
Seminole State College also offers scholars for excellence in child care programs such as Child Development Associate (CDA); Certificate of Mastery in Child Development; Director’s Certificate of Completion; and Associate Degree in Child Development.
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Seminole State College provides an open-door admission policy in accordance with the admission standards set by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The applicants must meet additional criteria to be admitted to specific degree programs offered at SSC. Placement testing is provided to the students prior to enrollment. Students must send the complete application form along with all the required official transcripts from the previous institute. Students are also encouraged to take the American College Test (ACT).
Seminole State College welcomes International students from across the world. Applicants must take one of the following tests: TOEFL or IELTS or IEP. Students whose native language is not English must present an evidence of proficiency in the language prior to admission, or successfully complete a minimum of 12 weeks of an approved intensive English program (IEP).
Seminole State College’s main goal is to make higher education accessible to the qualified and deserving students. It offers financial assistance to meet this commitment. Students can apply for the different types of financial aid, which includes grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment. Nearly 80% of the students attending SSC receive some type of financial assistance. All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to be eligible for receiving financial assistance. The factors considered in deciding the type and amount of financial aid to be provided to an applicant are:
- Availability of the funds for disbursement
- Evaluation of the student’s financial need
- Student’s academic discipline and past performance record
Some of the different types of financial aid programs available for the SSC students are Federal Pell Grants; Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants; Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG); Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG); Federal Stafford Loans; Federal Parent Loans for undergraduate students; and Federal College work-study funds.
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Seminole State College provides a friendly environment to foster quality student development through a variety of leadership opportunities, activities, and events. The student body is diverse and actively participates in the campus activities and events. This gives them a positive college experience enhanced with social, recreational, educational, and cultural activities. Life-long friendships are created and nurtured in the SSC campus.
The Student Government Association (SGA) at the college is dedicated to support the interests of the student body by suggesting ideas to the Seminole State College administration for innovations and improvements in the college. The SGA encourages and promotes student involvement in the planning and execution of college activities.
There are several clubs and organizations available on the campus. SSC Students can either join an organization or create a new one. Some of the student clubs and organizations are Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; Psi Beta – National Psychology Honor Society; Sigma Kappa Delta – National English Honor Society; NASA – Native American Student Association; SSC International Club; Student Nurses’ Association; and SSC Veterans Fraternity.
The national honor societies such as Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta, and Sigma Kappa Delta offer a multitude of opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment and personal development of the SSC students.
The International club provides counseling and immigration assistance to the foreign students. It encourages understanding between the international student body and the local community. It serve as an open medium for discussion and conducts activities and programs of educational, cultural, and recreational interests.
Seminole State College offers on-campus housing facility for the students. The rooms typically feature double occupancy. The students may have to pay additional costs for the single private rooms, if available. The residence halls can provide housing facility for more than 200 students.
The Collegian is a monthly college publication, published by the SSC Office of Media Relations. It includes stories and photos contributed by students and staff.
The SSC Weekly Calendar is produced weekly during the fall and spring semesters. It provides information about important events and latest news.
The SSC Handbook provides detailed information regarding student organizations, special student services, and the student regulations.
The Academic Support Center at SSC assists students with academic support by arrangement through individual tutoring, one-on-one sessions with faculty, or fully computerized academic support systems. The on-campus facilities available include computer labs in the Colclazier Technical Building; the Student Success Center located in the David L. Boren Library; and the Student Support Services (QUEST) located in the Scott Building.
David L. Boren Learning Resource Center is home to a well-stocked library that includes numerous books, journals, magazines and references to support the academic education of the students. It features the interlibrary loan through which material may be borrowed from another library and learning center. The Testing Center, located in the David L. Boren Library provides information regarding the American College Test (ACT), advanced placement tests like CLEP and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
The Office of Student Affairs provides career planning, job searching skills and counseling for both students and alumni. This office collects information regarding part-time and full-time job positions. Students seeking full-time positions are encouraged to enquire in the office regarding potential job openings in their related career field.
The TRiO Programs were established in 1965 by the federal government to guarantee equal educational opportunities for all American citizens, regardless of ethnic background, race, or economic condition. Seminole State College offers services to qualified individuals through the following TRiO Programs: Student Support Services (QUEST), Educational Talent Search (FOCUS), Upward Bound (ACHIEVE), Veterans Upward Bound, and GEAR UP. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the College welcomes reasonable accommodation requests for students with special needs.
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Seminole State College’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s sports teams. Men’s sports teams participate in baseball, basketball, golf and tennis. Women’s teams participate in baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and volleyball. The athletic teams are nicknamed as the Trojans; and the basketball athletes are nicknamed the Belles. Their colors are Navy, Scarlet and White.
SSC sports teams compete in the NJCAA Region II and are member of the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. The home basketball games are played in the Raymond Harber Field House; home baseball games are played at the Oiler Park in the Hugh Alexander Sports Complex; and home softball games are played at the Seminole State College Softball Complex, situated on the south end of the campus.
The sports and recreation facilities at Seminole State College include Raymond Harber Field House, SSC Softball Facility, Raymond Harber Field House Weight Room, Raymond Harber Field House, Roesler Residential Living Center, Roesler Residential Living Center Lobby/ Living Area, Seminole Nation Residential Living Center, Seminole Nation Living Center Lobby/ Living Area, Roesler Residential Living Center, and The Guardian Statue.
The students can pursue their favorite recreational activities during their leisure time. The gymnasium and the natatorium complex on the campus include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, weight room, steam room and a racquetball court for student use. The Student Union provides a television, video games, pool tables, and a ping-pong table for indoor fun and entertainment of the students.
The Seminole State College Alumni Association was founded in the year 1932. It is coordinated by the SSC Office of Institutional Advancement. Some of the notable alumni include Adam LaRoche, the first baseman for Washington Nationals; Robby Trammell, the news director for The Oklahoman; Ben Walkingstick, former Chairman of Union Bank of Chandler. The College honors its founders, alumni, students, and staff through various events and programs.
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