Rose State receives $1.3 million from Tanenbaum family for aerospace, cybersecurity facility

Published: Friday, October 29, 2021 By: Staff Reports

A donation ceremony was held on Thursday, Oct. 28, at Chamber member Rose State College (Rose State) where Glenna and Dick Tanenbaum delivered a $1.3 million check for the Tanenbaum Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center. The $1.3 million donation will go towards naming rights to the new facility, program equipment and furnishings.

“We could not be more grateful for the Tanenbaum generosity towards our mission of delivering high quality learning opportunities to our students,” Rose State President Dr. Webb said. “By training skilled cybersecurity and aerospace professionals, we are helping Oklahoma’s businesses and economy grow more securely and efficiently.”

One of the most significant employment generators in Oklahoma is the aerospace and cybersecurity industry. The new and improved Tanenbaum Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center will aid in giving Rose State students state-of-the-art equipment to master their degree before entering the workforce.

“In order to keep this success going, we have to provide high tech employers an educated workforce. What better place to do that than Rose State College right next door to Tinker Air Force base?” ​Gardner Tanenbaum Principal Owner, CEO and Chamber member Dick Tanenbaum said. “These airmen are patriots and warriors who must be trained to support the defense of our country.  They depend on a well-trained and educated workforce. If companies can’t recruit the talent, then they are going to stop expanding and coming here. Education is a critical element of Oklahoma’s future prosperity.”

The Rose State College Center of Workforce Excellence in Aerospace and Cybersecurity established in 2019 represents higher education, career tech, industry partners and communities working together to answer the workforce needs with educational pathways, stackable credentials and training.

“Oklahoma has been wonderful to us and this is a way our family can reinvest in the community we love,” said Glenna Tanenbaum. “This donation will go directly to the classroom, directly to the equipment and resources, to teach the next generation of cybersecurity and aerospace warriors.”

The donation ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 28, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Rose State College Student Union.

To learn more about Rose State and the Center of Workforce Excellence in Aerospace and Cybersecurity, visit https://www.trainingatrose.com/center-for-workforce-excellence/.

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