Local Universities Recognize Importance of Growing Aerospace Industry
Vol.6 Issue 7

Earlier this year, leadership at the Aeronautical Center met with members of Academia to address issues with a growing aerospace industry. They were able to provide input and insight into the development of new curriculum that could be beneficial to employees in leveling up their legal and aerospace skills and earning potential without becoming a licensed attorney.

Both Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma are offering new programs to benefit individuals going into an Aerospace-related career:

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The Oklahoma City University (OCU) School of Law recently announced a new Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree that has two different focuses: Banking and Finance, as well as Aerospace and Contract Management. These degrees are designed to improve the knowledge of the law for "non-lawyers". The classes will be taught by industry and legal faculty and professionals. The degree program is fully online, and classes will start in January 2021.

Designed with the working professional in mind, once the core legal classes are completed, the focus areas are specific to the financial sector of the economy or those who work extensively with contracting. Due to increased federal regulatory and compliance requirements over the last decade, partners have described the need for a part-time, strategic online program to teach the law to employees who have jobs requiring extensive legal knowledge. As business and government has become more complex, understanding contractual, compliance and regulatory issues is paramount for many employers and employees across the value-chain.

According to Dean Jim Roth, "As Oklahoma City’s Law School, we are at the heart of the business and legal community. Our outreach to the City’s major employers helps us to understand their growth needs and challenges so we can not only educate our students, but also train and educate the workforce to help grow our local economy."

OCU School of Law has crafted the new 100% online MLS program as a 30-credit degree, and it is designed for the part-time student who may be working full time while attending classes. It can be completed in as little as one to two years and has a prerequisite of a bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited university or college. Employees who need to understand increasingly complex legal issues as they relate to their company and the work they perform, will find the program of interest. The courses are designed for employers who wish to increase the knowledge of key staff, as well as employees who wish to further their careers in areas such as finance, project management, procurement, compliance, contract writing and management, and who wish to begin a Master’s program or take specific classes.

There is a core curriculum for all MLS students, and from there students can choose an area of concentration. Corporate Compliance - Banking and Finance, which includes Business and Banking Law, Ethics and Compliance, and Regulatory and Compliance Systems, is designed for the finance, accounting, or banking law professional. Aerospace and Aviation – includes Negotiation, Government Contracts & Conflicts of Law, Federal, State and Local appropriations, and more. The MLS degree offers development in skills that are needed to be successful in business.

As business and industry navigate increasingly complex legal territory, having internal staff with expertise can better position an organization to stay within a legal framework, and partner more effectively with attorneys, when needed.

To learn more about the program or to enroll, please visit OCU School of Law or should you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Prillman.

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The University of Oklahoma (OU) is offering a new program Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense (A&D). Their online programs kick off in January and in August 2021. The Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense program is specifically designed to develop the managerial and leadership skills of the aerospace and defense workforce, including those without a business education. The curriculum is developed and taught by industry leaders and renowned OU faculty. The education will provide students with the strength of synthesizing concepts and integrative thinking between (A&D) functions and business.

The A&D educational track involves:

  • 12 month program (32 credit hours)
  • Designed for professionals working in the A&D Industry
  • Hybrid Program with 20 credit hours taught online
  • A one-week study abroad experience
  • Small, 20-person cohorts

Shad Satterthwaite, Director of Executive Business Programs, Aerospace and Defense states, "We are excited about the new Executive MBA in Aerospace and Defense offered through the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business. This program was designed by the leaders in the Aerospace and Defense Industry, along with acclaimed faculty at the University of Oklahoma." The program offers a unique learning format, allowing students to network while they work and take classes online to minimize time away from the responsibilities of work and home.

To learn more about the program or to enroll, please visit OU and A&D, or should you have any questions, please contact Michelle Brown.

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