Service Learning

Service learning at Northern Oklahoma College connects community partners with NOC students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is to complement the traditional aims of higher education with principles of active and responsible citizenship through service-learning and volunteer outreach. Whether you are a student looking for service opportunities, faculty who wish to incorporate service learning into coursework, or an organization in need of volunteers, we are here to serve you.  For more information, contact Dr. Rae Ann Kruse, 580.628.6341 or rae.kruse@noc.edu

NOC Student Begins Work for Regent Tom Dugger

Cody AscheIn this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. Thanks, Benjamin Franklin. Eleven months until the next tax day. You have plenty of time to wait until the last minute.

All joking aside, Certified Public Accountants work countless hours, especially in the spring, preparing tax returns, bookkeeping, and helping businesses and individuals plan and reach their financial goals.

Cody Asche, a recent Northern Oklahoma College graduate, has begun a part-time job with Dugger & Co. CPA PC in Stillwater, Okla.

“I have been given the opportunity to do everything that is typically done in the firm. I will be a tax preparer, working closely with Mr. Dugger, the only CPA in the office. So far, I have been trained to do bookkeeping, and I have already completed a tax return for a client,” Asche said.

Tom Dugger, the president, is also serving on the Board of Regents at Northern Oklahoma College.

“Established in 1986, the CPA firm practices tax and financial accounting for all types of entities except governmental accounting. The firm has mostly central Oklahoma clients, but has provided accounting assistance to clients in China and South Korea,” Dugger said.

Asche was introduced to Dugger at the Presidents Leadership Council and Regent luncheon his freshman year.

“Regent Dugger’s firm does not post internships or even have a website. I asked him if he would be interested in taking me on as an intern after graduation,” Asche said.

Accounting is very challenging. No two days are seldom the same, so you constantly have to continue to learn and adapt to new situations. Accountants are required to use a great deal of professional judgment to make appropriate decisions. Held to a high standard, many outside entities review their work to help ensure reliability.

“Cody’s resume reflects positive achievement and I personally observed him be involved in several NOC PLC events. His attitude and desire are most positive characteristics,” Dugger said.

Accountants tend to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment. Accounting information is very time sensitive and needs to be processed in a timely fashion. Most of the work requires individuals to work as a team.

 “I am hoping to gain on-the-job training in the areas of accounting and tax preparation through this internship. So far, I believe I will get exactly what I need,” Asche said.

NOC Student Takes Job as Summer Ranger

By Jennifer Smith
May 13, 2016

Carson CombestBeing a park ranger is more than helping Smokey the Bear prevent forest fires.

NOC Enid social science student Carson Combest will take a job as a summer ranger with the United States Army Corps of Engineers at Kaw Lake.

Combest, an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, was introduced to the job through one of his instructors.

Combest’s supervisor and lead ranger of the Kaw Lake Project, Dakota Allison, will direct Combest in collecting data, operating equipment and communicating with the general public.

“Carson will have a variety of duties to assist the operation and maintenance of the Kaw Lake Project, but specifically his responsibility is to patrol the project land and waters to ensure regulation compliance, public safety, environmental protection, and to assist the visiting public,” Allison said.

The Kaw Lake Project is a pipeline project for flood control, water supply, water quality, recreation and fish and wildlife.

The pipeline project is expected to be completed within the next five to seven years, according to the City of Enid website. Currently, phase one of the pipeline project is underway.

Park rangers, who generally work for municipal parks departments, state park systems or for the nation park service may have job duties that encompass law enforcement or protective services.

“I hope to gain life skills and experience from a job that has always been on my list of dream jobs. This will allow me to use my training as an Eagle Scout and as a current EMT student to better help those using the lake and its areas,” Combest said.

Combest’s education at NOC Enid and his Scouts appointment has helped him prepare for the ranger assignment and future jobs.

“We hope all of our temporary employees take away an understanding of the Corps mission and the value we serve to the nation,” Allison said.

For more information about internships or service learning opportunities, call Dr. Rae Ann Kruse at 580.628.6341.

Next time you visit a state park or lake, know that a lot of behind the scenes work is put in to keeping those areas clean, safe and protected for you and your family.

And remember, only you can prevent forest fires.

Civic Engagement in Action at Northern Oklahoma College