NEO's ongoing developments have produced record enrollment increases by attracting students from around Oklahoma, the United States, and internationally.

MIAMI- Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) is beginning the new year with continued campus improvements through two major construction projects.

The Animal Science Teaching Facility and new student housing projects were started in 2016 and continue eight years of substantial growth, with over $50 million of campus improvements. These ongoing developments have produced record enrollment increases by attracting students from around Oklahoma, the United States, and internationally.

The housing project meets a pressing need on the NEO campus. Nearly 800 students live on campus, and the dorms approach capacity each semester. Currently, an estimated 90 percent of residence halls are outdated, which severely hinders NEO’s recruiting advantage.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.

Development of the new resident hall project is also a budget conscious one, with the facility designed so that income generated from the rooms will cover the repayment costs through the State Master Lease program.

Construction of the new students housing unit is expected to be completed for the fall 2017 semester.

With the new Animal Science Teaching Facility, NEO continues its tradition of excellence in agriculture programs. In March of 2016, NEO officials and corporate partners broke ground on the new teaching facility as part of Founders’ Day.

Located on the Synar Farm grounds, which were purchased as a 200-acre plot in 1945, the new Animal Science Teaching Facility will be instrumental in providing students with hands-on experience. 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.

“We currently don’t have an enclosed facility for classroom animal observation or hands-on skills, such as vaccination,” said McKenzie Nygren, NEO Agriculture Department instructor ahead of the Founders' Day groundbreaking. “Through our fundraising efforts and corporate sponsorships, our students will have a modern facility that will serve in classes such as Animal Science, Beef Production, Animal Health, Reproduction, and many more.”

Funded through a combination of corporate sponsors and a student-backed fee increase, construction of the new agricultural facility is being done without using state-allocated funds.

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