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More Back-to-School Tips from OICA

More Back-to-School Tips from OICA   OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, I shared tips from different professionals about safety when traveling to and from school. This week let’s talk about ideas on how to prepare for the schedule of the school year. Reducing School Anxiety Point out the positive aspects of starting school to help…

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National Guard tuition program boosts recruitment

National Guard tuition program boosts recruitment OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma is leading the nation in National Guard recruitment thanks to legislation that went into effect July 1. State leaders praised the positive impact of the Oklahoma National Guard Educational Assistance Act that provides a more affordable pathway for Oklahoma National Guard members to pursue a…

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HUD Announces $221 Million to Tribal Communities for Affordable Housing and Community Development  

HUD Announces $221 Million to Tribal Communities for Affordable Housing and Community Development WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it will make available $221 million in competitive funding for affordable housing and community development projects that primarily benefit low-to-moderate income persons s in American Indian and Alaska…

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TSET Releases Updated Grant Criteria for Schools and Communities

TSET Releases Updated Grant Criteria for Schools and Communities OKLAHOMA CITY (August 8, 2022) — The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) released updated criteria for its Healthy Incentive Grants, which are available to schools and communities across the state. The agency aims to streamline the application process and minimize the time and resource burden for…

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Enrollment Days at SSC

Enrollment Days at SSC Staff at Seminole State College are greeting prospective students with special treats and fun activities this week as they drop by the Walkingstick Student Services Center to enroll.  SSC student workers Casi Pitchford (left) and Gracie Miller (right) prepared cotton candy, hot dogs and popcorn for campus visitors on Monday.  Classes…

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FEMA Increases Public Assistance Small Project Maximum to $1 Million

FEMA Increases Public Assistance Small Project Maximum to $1 Million   WASHINGTON — Per the fall 2021 and spring 2022 Unified Agendas, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced Wednesday that the agency is moving forward in reducing the administrative burden on government entities and nonprofit organizations receiving FEMA grants following a disaster. FEMA has implemented a regulatory…

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State Board ‘finally’ accepts Hofmeister’s call for Epic probation

State Board ‘finally’ accepts Hofmeister’s call for Epic probation OKLAHOMA CITY (July 29, 2022) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made the following remarks after yesterday’s State Board of Education vote to change Epic Charter School’s accreditation status to “Accredited with Probation.” The vote follows the June 21 release of the Oklahoma State…

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ORWA Fall Conference and Exposition Canceled

ORWA Fall Conference and Exposition Canceled The Oklahoma Rural Water Association has canceled its upcoming Fall Conference and Exposition, which was scheduled for September 14-16, 2022.   The ORWA staff has worked diligently to explore all options for having the Fall Conference, however as the 60 day window approaches, ORWA has made the difficult decision…

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FEMA in the Field: Disaster Survivor Assistance in Oklahoma

FEMA in the Field: Disaster Survivor Assistance in Oklahoma OKLAHOMA CITY – FEMA reaches out to survivors and communities after disasters using several tools, teams and tactics to help during response and recovery operations. Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews will be assisting residents from the Oklahoma counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance due to the…

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Student leaders speak out on issues impacting Oklahoma schools

Student leaders speak out on issues impacting Oklahoma schools OKLAHOMA CITY (July 22, 2022) – Members of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Council gathered last week at Southmoore High for their final meeting, sharing their views on key issues facing Oklahoma schools such as the ongoing teacher shortage, career readiness, and…

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