Evans & Associates Enterprises, Inc. has been recognized as Northern Oklahoma College’s 2017 Business Partner by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award, recognizing innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce, was presented to 28 business and higher education partnerships throughout the state at a recent luncheon ceremony at the University of Central Oklahoma.

For more than 18 years, NOC and Evans & Associates have enjoyed a partnership centered on higher education as well as on economic development. Company founder Lloyd I. “Jerry” Evans believed that businesses should be a strong part of the community in which they conduct operations, and in 1999 the company’s $5,000 contribution to the NOC Foundation established the endowed Evans & Associates Company Scholarship Fund.

In 2015 the company established a second endowment, the Enid Concrete Scholarship Fund. The two scholarship funds provide qualified Oklahoma residents enrolled at NOC Tonkawa and at NOC Enid, respectively, with an opportunity to pursue their educational goals. To date, the annual endowment support of $10,000 has provided a total of 19 students in northern Oklahoma with more than $15,000 in scholarship assistance.

“Our colleges and universities partner with business and industry to link academic programs, including business, information technology, health care, aerospace, energy and bioscience, directly to employment needs in the state’s wealth-generating ecosystems,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships create opportunities for students to expand their academic credentials with work experience, better preparing them for the workforce.”

The 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 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.