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Originally posted September 20, 2012
By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
An open house and dedication is planned Sunday for the Union Collegiate Academy, which opened to students this year. The public is invited to attend the event from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments, entertainment and tours will be provided. A formal dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
The new north wing of Union High School, 6636 S. Mingo Road, serves 3,200 10th- to 12th-grade students and resembles a college campus rather than a traditional high school.
"The academy makes it an easier transition for students from high school to college. It offers students a variety of college classes in the protective environment of a high school," Union Superintendent Cathy Burden said.
"We want their experience to be as personalized and nurturing as possible."
Voters approved two consecutive bond proposals to fund the $29 million facility.
The 125,000-square-foot building is three stories high and has 37 classrooms, a student union, a multimedia room that seats 300 and a tiered lecture room with a retractable wall. When the wall is retracted, the lecture hall seats 240 students.
The academy also features the Catherine E. Burden College and Career Center, which is named in honor of the superintendent, who is retiring after this year.
In addition, comfortable study areas can be found throughout the building, which also boasts a food court and a cybercafe.
The new space allowed Union to expand the number of high school students concurrently enrolled in Tulsa Community College or Tulsa Technology Center courses.
This year, 10th-graders are attending the high school and have access to concurrent courses, while the Intermediate High School has become the Ninth Grade Center.
Last year, Union seniors took 1,792 hours of college courses while working on their high school diplomas.
Each TCC course requires only a small student fee, and Tulsa Tech programs are free to Union students.
Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20120919_19_A13_Anopen327682