The Mission of the Lee Arthur Johnson Center is to enhance the learning process and promote the intellectual growth of students by providing educational support services outside the formal school setting.
The creation of the Lee Arthur Johnson Center came out of concern for my two daughters who did well academically in school, but had a difficult time with testing. When they entered the level in their school career to begin testing for college, both experienced a level of anxiety that prevented them from getting high scores. They did well enough to get into the college of their choice, but missed scholarship opportunities because of their low test scores.
My oldest daughter(Tiana) graduated from Oklahoma University(OU) in May 2014, double majoring in Linguistics and African/African-American Studies. She completed both degrees in the “normal” 4 years for undergraduate work. My youngest (Zaria) graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018 with her Bachelors in Animal Science Bio Technology and is now in Graduate school at Colorado State University majoring in Toxicology.
Though they struggled with those National tests, they have been successful in college. I believe they are not an exception to that rule, but there are countless other youth that could benefit from the courses we offer by getting higher test scores that could not only lead to getting in the college of their choice, but scholarship opportunities as well.
Lee Arthur Johnson was my father, the girls “Papa”. The Center is named in honor of him and how important it was to him that the girls continued their education. If he were here, I know he would be proud of the young women they have become.
LaDonna D. Vick, M.P.A.
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