OKLAHOMA CITY (OBV) – Oklahoma City Community College and the Mexican Consulate in OKC are joining forces to enhance educational opportunities for the state’s Mexican community.
OCCC and the consulate commemorated their partnership with a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Dec. 7 at the Mexican Consulate.
The partnership enables OCCC to operate an Educational Guidance Window at the consulate, 1131 W Sheridan Ave., which has around 200 visitors each day.
OCCC will be able to provide consulate visitors information on educational programs and services at the college. OCCC will also play a role in consular events in the school’s continuing effort to make education accessible to Oklahoma residents, according to an OCCC news release.
“This partnership aligns with OCCC’s mission of ‘Student Success. Community Enrichment’ and our role as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (eHSI),” stated OCCC President Dr. Mautra Staley Jones. “It provides a unique opportunity for OCCC to contribute significantly to the educational growth of our community, bolstering our engagement and reinforcing our dedication to accessibility. Our active participation in consular events will foster stronger community ties and elevate OCCC’s visibility and reputation in areas served by the Mexican Consulate.”
Consul Edurne Pineda said the Mexican Consulate and OCCC share a mutual commitment to community and cultural growth.
“Establishing a formal agreement between the Consulate of Mexico and the Oklahoma City Community College stands as a symbol of our neverending commitment to our community to facilitate the embracement of cultural, social and cognitive assets that will help them thrive and succeed in this country despite the many challenges they have to face,” said Consul Edurne Pineda. “The partnership with OCCC is tremendously valuable for the Consulate in this purpose.”
The consulate serves and protects the interests of the Mexican community in Oklahoma. It addresses the needs of over 400,000 Mexicans in the region, providing essential consular services such as documentation consular protection, and community programs in health, financial education and educational guidance.