The Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Board of Regents recognized Oklahoma State Representative Richard Morrissette for his dedication to the college by awarding him the Regents Excellence Award at the meeting Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.
“Representative Morrissette has dedicated his work to advocating for education in Oklahoma. Particularly, he has given ongoing support for OCCC and its community,” said OCCC President Jerry Steward. “The board and I feel his efforts should be celebrated and recognized as he approaches the end of an exceptional career in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.”
Morrissette was born in Rochester, New Hampshire. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, he continued his education at the University of Tulsa College of Law obtaining his juris doctorate in 1984. He began his career as an Oklahoma State Senate staff member before serving as a legal aid in the Western Oklahoma Public Defender Office from 1986 to 1992. He is heavily involved in the YMCA of Oklahoma City, Lions Club, South Oklahoma City Rotary and the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
“It is an honor to receive the Regents Excellence Award from the OCCC Board of Regents and President Steward. I have always supported the college’s endeavors to educate and enrich our community. I am proud of the continued success and growth of the college over the years. I consider OCCC to be one of the most cost-effective and educationally sound institutions in the nation.”
Due to term limits, Representative Richard Morrissette is serving his final term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students and has more than 90,000 participants in its various community programs annually. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.