The Durant difference in education is immediately visible at the K-12 level in new state-of-the-art school facilities like the George Washington K-4 Elementary School, made possible by a $48.6 million bond issue. Many communities claim good intentions for education; in Durant, intent is realized with significant investment.
The Durant difference also goes deeper than facilities with outcomes that include:
- A 98.5% high school graduation rate, an average ACT score of 22.5, and 71.6% high school career tech participation.
- Nearly 60% of high school graduates enrolling in higher education.
- 13 National Merit Scholars in the last 15 years.
- Oklahoma Academic Performance ratings approximately 180 points higher than the state average for students in grades 3–8.
- Over 71% of faculty holding advanced degrees.
Founded in Durant more than 20 years ago, Kiamichi provides leading-edge training and talent support for all ages, operating as a key element in Durant’s responsive talent pipeline. A powerful ally of area industry for custom training, Kiamichi is also a potent resource for personal career advancement. High school students can complete dual enrollment courses at no cost, while adults can acquire and hone strategic skills through modestly priced classes flexibly scheduled to fit today’s work-life balance. Aligned course programming includes:
- Business and Information Technology
- Computer and Networking Technology
- Culinary Arts
- Welding Technology
Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU)
Rising enrollment at this respected and deep-rooted institution reflects rising opportunity even as it generates greater opportunity for the future. While 50% of SOSU enrollment is comprised of first-generation university students, the university also provides a powerful launching pad for members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, who comprise 30% of student enrollment. Named a Top 10 school nationally for producing Native American graduates, SOSU attracts and serves a diverse student population with 60 degree programs, including aerospace training at the Aviation Sciences Institute housed at the expanding Durant Regional Airport-Eaker Field.