Francis Tuttle, OU to expand aerospace class offerings with new courses

Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 By: Chamber Staff Source: The POINT!
and economic development bodies focused on the local aerospace industry. This allows them to operate a fluid business model that puts people where they are needed and positioned for success.

“Whether it is in the form of offering annual safety training or building a detailed training program to address changes in technology or processes, our team conducts frequent visits to industry locations and worksites to see first-hand their current operations, how these operations are changing, and determine needs for the future,” Powell said. “We are responsive, targeted, streamlined, and affordable.”

At the University of Oklahoma, the executive MBA in aerospace and defense is a one-year, 32-credit-hour degree, and the graduate certificate in aerospace and defense is a six-month, 12-credit-hour program. Both programs are designed specifically to develop the managerial and leadership skills of the A&D workforce, including those without a business education.

The curriculum provides participants the opportunity to synthesize concepts related to A&D functions and business, employ critical-thinking skills, develop business strategies, and collaborate with others in a dynamic industry environment.

“As Oklahoma’s flagship institution, one of our most important obligations to our state is to fuel its economic growth and foster discoveries,” said OU President Joseph Harroz. “These new programs will produce graduates whose expertise will further the exponential growth of the aerospace industry.”

The executive MBA includes 20 hours completed online, with an additional 12 hours of residency work. Online courses are offered in eight-week modules and are held two nights a week, from 7 to 9 p.m. Residency courses are offered in three one-week sessions, each held from Sunday to Saturday. Two sessions will take place in Oklahoma City, and the third will be held internationally as a study abroad experience. The program uses a cohort model, allowing students to build strong relationships with others in the industry.

The 12-credit-hour graduate certificate program is entirely online with live instruction. Students will choose six business courses specific to the industry in areas such as financial management, legal environment, IT and cybersecurity, managing supply chain and logistics, project management, and global A&D strategy. All coursework for the certificate is transferable to the executive MBA program, and the flexible, online delivery is tailored to the needs of those seeking the certificate while still meeting the needs of employers.

“With more than 1,100 aerospace entities currently operating in the state of Oklahoma, we are ready to launch exciting business education opportunities for the rising talent in the industry by preparing them to better perform in an exciting and rapidly changing industry,” said Eddie Edwards, executive director of graduate programs at the Price College of Business.

“Our programs are poised to lead the world in preparing the leaders necessary to ensure the enduring strength of our nation’s aerospace and defense operations,” Edwards said.

The Greater Oklahoma City area is home to 36,600 aerospace workers, according to recent data. More than 230 aerospace firms in the region produce more than $4.9 billion in goods and services locally. The statewide aerospace sector is as varied as it is large, with 67,600 workers and $8.2 billion making it the state’s second-largest industry.

This article originally appeared in the May 2020 edition of The Point.

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