Guest Column: OneNet’s High-Tech Network Propels Student Success at Redlands

Jena MarrBy Jena Marr, President

In the rapidly evolving landscape of higher education, technology plays a pivotal role in shaping the learning experience and streamlining campus operations. Fortunately, the connectivity provided by OneNet’s broadband network has emerged as an invaluable asset for Redlands Community College and our students, and has allowed us to remain at the forefront of technology in education.

Seamless access to high-speed internet is not just a luxury but a fundamental necessity for academic success in this digital age. With several fully online degree options and an expansive concurrent enrollment program, Redlands Community College understands the need for a high-speed, high-tech network. Additionally, our students and their families want easy online access to information, resources and tools to manage their educational journey at Redlands.

The broadband network provided through OneNet serves as a reliable, advanced platform that supports our growing academic programs, including active scientific research efforts, a burgeoning computer science program and our updated nursing simulation lab. Virtual labs, simulations and interactive software allow our students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, providing a bridge between academic concepts and practical applications. This hands-on approach fosters a deeper understanding of the subject matter and cultivates problem-solving skills that are invaluable in any professional setting.

OneNet’s network plays a critical role in preparing our students for the workforce by strengthening the college’s technology capabilities and allowing us to provide extensive online courses. Redlands Community Colleges is one of the state’s top providers of concurrent enrollment courses, providing general education courses to more than 1,000 students each semester. Students are achieving remarkable success as our instructors leverage a cutting-edge computer network, providing them with advanced tools and resources that enhance the learning experience and prepare students for success at a four-year university or in the workplace. During a time when the state is focusing on workforce development and expanding higher education opportunities to high school students, Redlands is able to provide flexible online degree programs for working adults and lay a solid foundation for more high school students pursuing college credit.

Redlands Community College ClassroomBeyond the classroom, technology optimizes campus operations, leading to more efficient and effective administration. From automated registration systems to campus-wide connectivity, technology enhances the overall learning environment. Thanks to OneNet, administrative tasks that once consumed valuable time are streamlined, allowing faculty and staff to focus on providing quality education and support services.

OneNet provides Redlands with a robust and high-speed internet infrastructure that is essential for various aspects of teaching, learning and administrative tasks. With OneNet’s support, the college offers a seamless online learning experience and efficiently manages its day-to-day operations. It also ensures that on-campus residents have access to fast and reliable internet connectivity, enabling them to actively engage in online coursework, research and communication. The accessibility of OneNet’s network plays a crucial role in enhancing the overall educational experience for students, both in and out of the classroom.

Read about Redlands’ connection to the OneOklahoma Friction Free Network.

Photos courtesy of Redlands Community College

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