Wayland offering classes at Vance Air Force Base 

Release Date: July 24, 2009    

ENID, OKLA. – Wayland Baptist University has announced plans to begin offering classes at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., beginning Aug. 17. Registration begins July 27.

The Vance AFB site is a branch of Wayland’s Altus Campus that has been serving Altus Air Force base since 2000. Wayland is based in Plainview, Texas, and operates campuses in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kenya, Africa.

Military and civilian students in Enid will be offered associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees through both face-to-face and online courses. Wayland will offer Associate and Bachelor of Applied Sciences degrees, as well as the RN to BSN completion program. Students wishing to further their education may take advantage of master’s programs in Christian ministry, education, management, business administration and public administration.

The site will be administered by the Executive Director of WBU-Altus, Dr. Jay Givens, who is excited about working with personnel at Vance AFB and those living in and around Enid..

“We are thankful for the opportunity to offer classes at Vance,” said Givens. “We are looking forward to serving the needs of military and civilian students, as well as their families and the Enid community.”

Wayland was established in Plainview in 1908 by pioneer doctor James H. Wayland. Dr. Wayland gave $10,000 and 25 acres of land to establish an institution of higher learning based on Christian principles to serve the high plains of Texas. His gift eventually grew to more than $100,000, an enormous sum of money at that time.

Wayland’s relationship with the military began in 1974 when the Air Force invited the school to offer classes and degree programs at Sheppard Air Base in Wichita Falls. Wayland now serves military bases throughout the United States. A large percentage of military personnel who receive their degrees while serving in the armed forces are graduates of Wayland.

Those interested in registering for courses, or receiving more information about the school are encourage to contact Wayland at 580-213-6452. Registration will be conducted through the Altus Campus until office personnel can be hired to fill the Vance AFB office.