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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) is beginning 2017 by continuing to improve the NEO campus through two major construction projects. The Animal Science Teaching Facility and the new student housing projects were started in 2016 and will enhance the educational experience for students. The projects continue eight years of substantial growth, with over $50 million of campus improvements. These improvements have produced record enrollment growth by attracting students from around Oklahoma, the United States, and internationally. Both of the projects meet a pressing need on the NEO campus. Nearly 800 students live on the NEO campus and the dorms approach capacity each semester. Currently, an estimated 90% of residence halls are outdated, which severely hinders NEO’s recruiting advantage. The new residence hall will house almost 100 students in single and double occupancy rooms with private restrooms, accessible parking, and modern security features. Continuing to be budget conscious is crucial, which is why the facility was designed so that income generated from the rooms will cover the repayment costs through the State Master Lease program. Construction on the new students housing unit is expected to be completed for the fall 2017 semester. NEO also strives to continue the excellence of agriculture programs. In March of 2016, NEO officials and corporate partners broke ground on the new Animal Science Teaching Facility as part of Founders’ Day. The facility is located on the Synar Farm grounds and will be instrumental in providing students with hands-on experience. It is funded through a combination of corporate sponsorships and a student-supported fee increase. The facility will feature both a climate controlled indoor wing and an outdoor observation wing, which will aid in instruction relating to the three livestock species on campus: cattle, hogs, and sheep. For more information on NEO programs, or to become a Norseman, contact Scott Donaldson at scott.donaldson@neo.edu. (Top photo:Dirt work for the new student housing unit. Bottom Photo: Animal Science Teaching Facility. )

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