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SBC Technology Labs at OSU Institute of Technology Helping Students Learn Cyber Security for Telecommunications and Information Technology Industry

Dedication features comments by Don Cain, president of SBC Oklahoma and signing of articulation agreement with Tulsa Community College

Okmulgee - Dedication ceremonies for the new SBC Technology Laboratories at OSU Institute of Technology highlight corporate involvement in helping the institution expand studies in Information Assurance and Forensics for the telecommunications and information technology industries. This fall, the college began offering both Associate and Bachelor degrees in the computer security field. OSU Institute of Technology President Bob Klabenes says the new labs and programs will help meet business demand for increased security of telecommunication and information technologies.

“The SBC Technology Labs allow OSU Institute of Technology to broaden the scope of its IT course offerings, and provide students end-to-end, hands-on experience with all aspects of telecommunications, computing and security,” says Klabenes.

The new labs were made possible by an SBC Excelerator grant awarded by the SBC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications Inc. The grant helped OSU Institute of Technology buy software and hardware to upgrade, install and fully implement other network and computer equipment donated by a number of Oklahoma technology companies. Outfitted with this upgraded equipment and new computers, the lab will give some 200 students and various faculty members access to a complete spectrum of hardware, software and other networking tools and equipment.

“At SBC Oklahoma, we have a tradition of technology - of inventing it, testing it and delivering it to our customers,” said Don Cain, SBC Oklahoma president. “That’s why we believed it was so important to support the development of these labs, which will help educate a whole new crop of Oklahomans about technology and the benefits it can bring to all of us.”

Scott Newman, division chair for Information Technologies at OSU Institute of Technology says OSU Institute of Technology now has 57 students pursing Associate in Applied Science and Bachelor degrees in Information Assurance and Forensics. “We began building this program in 2002 when our industry advisory committee told us that computer and network security was a major concern to them. And, not only is industry supporting these new offerings, but other educational institutions are encouraging our efforts as well.”

Preceding the lab dedication, OSU Institute of Technology President Bob Klabenes and Tulsa Community College President and CEO, Tom McKeon will sign an articulation agreement that facilitates the seamless transfer of TCC students into the OSU Institute of Technology Bachelor of Technology program, once they have completed their associate degrees.

OSU Institute of Technology is a founding member of the Oklahoma Center for Information Assurance and Forensics, comprised of six education institutions, and has been designated as a NSF Center of Excellence. The National Science Foundation has established five such centers throughout the United States.

Oklahoma State University’s Technical Branch in Okmulgee is a public, state-supported institution committed to increasing the potential and productivity of the people it serves. Eighteen programs of study lead to Associate in Applied Science degrees, three programs of study lead to Associate in Science transfer degrees, and three programs lead to Bachelor of Technology degrees. The campus is known for hands-on technical education, world-class equipment and robust partnerships with industry.

For more on OSU Institute of Technology call 918.293.4678 or 1.800.722.4471. Information also is available online at www.osuit.edu.

The SBC Foundation is the charitable giving arm of SBC Communications Inc. The SBC Foundation supports efforts that enrich and strengthen diverse communities nationwide, particularly those with an emphasis on education and technology and those that benefit underserved populations. SBC Foundation-backed programs are designed to increase access to information technologies, broaden technology training and professional skills development, and effectively integrate new technologies to enhance education and economic development. The Foundation Center has consistently ranked the SBC Foundation among the nation’s top six corporate foundations. In 2002, the SBC Foundation launched SBC Excelerator, a multimillion dollar competitive grants program that funds nonprofit organizations in their efforts to digitally connect communities.

SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) is a Fortune 50 company whose subsidiaries, operating under the SBC brand, provide a full range of voice, data, networking, e-business, directory publishing and advertising, and related services to businesses, consumers and other telecommunications providers. SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves 25 million wireless customers. SBC companies provide high-speed DSL Internet access lines to more American consumers than any other provider and are among the nation’s leading providers of Internet services. SBC companies also now offer satellite TV service. Additional information about SBC and SBC products and services is available at www.sbc.com.

Image #1 Cutline: Dr. Bob Klabenes, President, OSU Institute of Technology shakes hands with Tom McKeon, President & CEO, Tulsa Community College after the two signed an articulation agreement on behalf of their colleges.

Image #2 Cutline: Kevin Hulett, OSU Institute of Technology student; Dr. Bob Klabenes, President, OSU Institute of Technology; Kathy Taylor, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism and Director of the Department of Commerce; Jay Helm, Chairman, Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges; Don Cain, President, SBC Oklahoma; Dr. Tom McKeon, President & CEO, Tulsa Community College; Dr. Joseph W. Alexander, Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology; and Amber Whitaker, OSU Institute of Technology student.

Image #3 Cutline: Inspecting the new SBC Technology Laboratories are Rhonda Sellers, Area Manager, ExternalAffairs, SBC; Don Cain, President, SBC; Chelladurain Adisesh, Faculty, Information Technologies, OSU Institute of Technology and Dr. Bob Klabenes, President, OSU Institute of Technology.