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Jack Hedrick, Choctaw University Program Manager; Dr. Aaron Adair, Dean of Adult and Distance Education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University; and Tana Sanders, Director of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Learning & Development Department accept the award on behalf of Choctaw University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Choctaw University receives prestigious award

Choctaw University, in partnership with Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has won the Distinguished Program-Credit Category Award for the Great Plains Region from the Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE), Inc. The ACHE Great Plains Region includes: Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, and Western Ontario.

Established in 2012, Choctaw University’s mission is to empower associates who are committed to personal and professional growth in their career. It provides educational and leadership-building opportunities. At the conclusion of Choctaw University’s first year, 73 associates completed the Leadership series and over 100 associates completed the Continuing Education series.

“Choctaw University has well exceeded our expectations,” said Chief Gregory E. Pyle. “It has been embraced by our associates on several levels and thanks to Southeastern, students are also earning college credits.”

The Award was presented during the 2013 ACHE Great Plains Spring Conference on the campus of Kansas State University on March 7, 2013. Choctaw University is now eligible for recognition at the National Level. The National Award will be presented at the Annual ACHE Conference and Meeting in Lexington, KY in November 2013.

Dr. Aaron Adair, Dean of Adult and Distance Learning from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, commented, “We’re now the ‘Award-Winning’ Choctaw University Executive Leadership Program!”

The Association for Continuing Higher Education, Inc. (ACHE) is an institution-based organization of colleges, universities, and individuals dedicated to the promotion of lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. ACHE encourages professional networks, research, and exchange of information for its members and advocates continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society.