State Regents Recognize Murray State College and Nitro-Lift Technologies Partnership
Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.
Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students of the institutions to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.
“Oklahoma’s colleges and universities are enhancing our state's economic future by strengthening partnerships with business and industry, ensuring our academic programs continue to align with the needs of business in each region of the state. Through these partnerships, students receive hands-on, career-related experiences and broader preparation for college,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships with business make vital contributions to Oklahoma’s economic growth through investments in education, research, job training and service.”
The partnership between Murray State College and Nitro-Lift Technologies LLC was honored this year. At a recent reception, the State Regents presented a plaque of recognition to honor Nitro-Lift and Murray State College leaders for their outstanding partnership.
Nitro-Lift Technologies is an industry leader in on-site nitrogen-generation services and an innovator in technologies that help increase oil and gas recovery. Nitro-Lift provides employment to Johnston County residents and employs a number of MSC graduates. As a part of MSC’s economic development initiative, it worked with Nitro-Lift to provide a new building suitable for heavy-duty manufacturing. The company provided input during the process to ensure that the finished building had the proper doors, features and dimensions to accommodate the workload. Through the cooperation and expertise of Nitro-Lift and their willingness to work as a partner with MSC, Johnston County now has a multipurpose building that could be repurposed if needed. The customization process also gave valuable experience to those who worked on the project – experience that can be applied to any future manufacturing construction endeavors.
Pictured: Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, President of Nitro-Lift Technologies Vernon Daniels, Nitro-Lift Technologies Sales Director Blake Daniels, Murray State College President Joy McDaniel and OSRHE Chancellor Glen Johnson