OSUIT Launches New Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Technical Leadership

OSU Institute of Technology is a dynamic Okmulgee-based college with more than thirty formal degree programs, each designed to help students enter or advance their technical careers. Faculty at OSUIT develop programs of study with the close collaboration of many corporate partners in the private sector who advise us and keep us informed of technological changes affecting the workforce. We do our best to listen to their advice and modify our training programs accordingly.   

Earlier this week, OSUIT marked a milestone and officially launched its newest academic degree – the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Technical Leadership. This is big news—you may remember me announcing this exciting development last year when the OSU/A&M Board of Regents first approved the degree proposal. Our academic team at OSUIT has been hard at work ever since developing the curriculum for this truly unique program, and their efforts have finally come to fruition.  

I know many of you have been anxious to learn more about this groundbreaking new degree, but your long wait is now over.

Q: When will OSUIT begin accepting applications for the new bachelor’s degree?

OSUIT is now accepting applications for the new Bachelor of Technology (B.T.) in Applied Technical Leadership for the Fall 2019 semester. The priority deadline for admissions into the program is May 1, 2019. But if you want to apply, please hurry, because we are expecting these initial enrollments to fill up fast.

When this program was approved last year, I announced that it would be a game-changer for the majority of our two-year graduates. It represents the next phase in their professional development and the next step on their academic pathway. And it took a unique college like OSUIT to create it.

The new degree program is designed to address the needs of professionals (who already have an Associate in Applied Science degree) working in technical industries who wish to develop their leadership abilities. The skills and knowledge obtained through the degree program provide opportunities for graduates to advance more quickly within their organizations and industries.

Oklahoma’s industries depend on the next generation of trained technicians and technologists to step into leadership roles, and with the help of OSUIT’s ATL program, they can do just that. 

To make it achievable for busy working adults, the ATL program will be offered completely online. This format will allow employers to develop leaders from within their own organizations without compromising day-to-day operations and productivity. And to further align with their own employment, students will be asked to undertake certain industry-based projects in some of their courses that relate directly to their work positions or industry.

OSUIT’s B.T. in Applied Technical Leadership satisfies a need our students most often expressed when asked how we can best support their career trajectory. I’m proud of the faculty and staff who have worked so hard to see this opportunity become a reality.

To learn more about this degree, visit our website at www.osuit.edu/atl.

I appreciate your questions about OSUIT. If you have more, please send them to me at osuit-president@okstate.edu, and I will try to address them in a future column.