FAQs

 
What is Community HigherEd?
CHE is a non-profit 501( c )(3) corporation with the mission to advance the purpose of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College through active engagement, advocacy, fundraising, and stewardship.
 
I thought Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College were For Profit companies?
Founded in 1995 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the college were for-profit but converted to non-profit status in 2015 in order to further achieve the goal of placing students first and less emphasis on a business financial model.
 
Why should I give my money?
State and county allocations only go to government technical schools, community college, and state universities, yet are not held to the same performance standards as private schools. Our college exceeds national standards and donations like yours are an investment in human betterment through quality education, which also increases property values, attracts jobs to the area, and improves commerce as graduates get better jobs and have more spending power.
 
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Your thank you letter will include the wording specified by the IRS that will substantiate your gift as tax deductible.
 
How will my contribution be used?
Gifts to CHE may be made in any amount and designated for scholarships, capital improvements, and academic operations
 

FAQs

 
What is Community HigherEd?
CHE is a non-profit 501( c )(3) corporation with the mission to advance the purpose of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College through active engagement, advocacy, fundraising, and stewardship.
 
I thought Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College were For Profit companies?
Founded in 1995 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the colleges were for-profit but converted to non-profit status in 2015 in order to further achieve the goal of placing students first and less emphasis on a business financial model.
 
Why should I give my money?
State and county allocations only go to government technical schools, community colleges, and state universities, yet are not held to the same performance standards as private schools. Our college exceeds national standards and donations like yours are an investment in human betterment through quality education, which also increases property values, attracts jobs to the area, and improves commerce as graduates get better jobs and have more spending power.
 
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Your thank you letter will include the wording specified by the IRS that will substantiate your gift as tax deductible.
 
How will my contribution be used?
Gifts to CHE may be made in any amount and designated for scholarships, capital improvements, and academic operations.
 

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

 

INFLUENCE AND LEADERSHIP

 
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Dr. Kelly Bailey

President

Dr. Kelly Bailey became President of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College in June of 2017. Prior to taking the helm at Community HigherEd, Dr. Bailey has a 20-year history of working successfully in both higher education and the nonprofit sector. Kelly served at the executive leadership level at Oral Roberts University, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma and other international non-profit organizations. Dr. Bailey began her career as an instructor in vocational education and has worked substantially with initiating and managing sponsored programs and working effectively with intercollegiate grants and research. Kelly has extensive experience in organizational development and advancement, international budget development and deployment, and creating modalities of operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Dr. Bailey holds an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Development and Training from Northeastern State University and has earned a Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations with a dual focus in Organizational Dynamics and Communications.

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Dr. Kevin Kirk

Board Member

Kevin Kirk is one of our board members and former President of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College, where he has served for 14 years. Prior to his current position, Kevin worked as a learning performance consultant for IBM. Dr. Kirk was also employed by the Mayo Clinic as Chair of the Division of Education Services. He also served as Director of Continuing Education at Utah State University. Dr. Kirk has also been employed by three public community colleges.

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“WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS”

~ ROBERT INGERSOLL

 

GETTING TO KNOW US

 
 
Gender: 92% female at Community Care College, 87% female at Clary Sage College, and 90% male at Oklahoma Technical College
 
Career Services maintains a relationship with 4,339 employers
 
79.65% of students graduate (versus 46% in the public sect)
 
86.72% of students acquire gainful employment
 
 
Although most students are from Oklahoma, the college has current students in 11 other states
 
The college serves approximately 1,500 students per year
 
More than 50% of our students are the first to go to college in their family
 
Accessible: Day, evening, and online course offerings
 
 
The average age of the student population is 28 years
 
Native Americans make up 17% of Community Care College’s students
 
Over 40 certificates and degrees offered in job-ready fields of study
 
5,350 volunteer hours donated by staff and students benefiting the community
 
 
Default Rates: National average default rate is 11.3%. Oklahoma’s average default rate is 12.5% (state, private, public colleges and universities). Our college default rate is 3.9%. Default Rates are an important measure calculated by the United States Department of Education that the general public can use as one tool to evaluate a college’s success. The rates mean that students learned the skills necessary to gain employment that pays well in order for student loan debt to be paid.

 
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