For most college students in Oklahoma, this week marks the beginning of the fall semester. While the thought of college often evokes images of large, historic buildings nestled among tree-lined campuses, there is an emerging trend that brings education to the heart of the business sector.
Over the past decade, higher education institutions across the country have been creating satellite campuses, and in some cases actual campuses, in the urban core. Oklahoma City is also experiencing higher education investments in or near downtown.
In 2015, the Oklahoma City University renovated the historic Central High School building at Eighth and Harvey and moved its century-old School of Law downtown. Though the university was already located in Oklahoma City, the school wanted a downtown location for its law students to be in the hub of the business, government, and law activity of Oklahoma City.
Also in 2015, two other education institutions began occupying formerly vacant office space downtown. The Metro Tech Downtown Business Campus is in the Chase Tower, and the University of Central Oklahoma, Downtown is in the Carnegie Centre. Both offer traditional education as well as industry training.
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