Hi-Tech education in Tulsa gets $3 million in commitments

Tuesday, October 3rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- Hi-tech education in Tulsa appears to be getting a three (m) million dollar shot in the arm.

Williams Communications announced today that it is pledging a matching grant of one (m) million dollars to help Tulsa colleges and universites improve hi-tech offerings.

The state higher education regents have apparently made an oral commitment to meet the match that with a one (m) million contribution.

And Oklahoma State's Tulsa campus appears to be in line for one (m) million dollars to add to hi-tech faculty and develop cirruculum.

Higher education regents are expected to formally approve state funds later.

Fred Harburg is vice president and chief learning officer for Williams, which operates a vast fiber-optic network from its Tulsa headquarters.

Harburg says Williams has already been forced to hire 12-hundred workers in Houston, Denver and Saint Louis because of a shortage of hi-tech employees locally.