Carl Albert State College (CASC) has a rich tradition of serving eastern Oklahoma with educational opportunities, beginning in 1933 when it first opened its doors in the old Poteau High School building during the Great Depression. The College was established to offer opportunities to students who could not afford the cost of leaving home to obtain a higher education. The College closed during World War II, but reopened immediately after the war to provide educational services for returning veterans and their families.
CASC has been in business ever since, growing from serving approximately 300 students in one classroom building in 1968 at its present location in Poteau, to now having campuses in Poteau and Sallisaw serving thousands of students throughout the region.
Originally named Poteau Junior College, it was changed in the 1950’s to Poteau Community College, and in 1971 to Carl Albert Junior College in honor of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives who represented the congressional district in which the school is located. On October 25, 1973, the college became a part of the state system of higher education as a state-owned and state-operated institution. In May 1990, the Oklahoma Legislature approved a bill which changed the school’s name to Carl Albert State College.
Residential housing for over 300 students along with campus dining at Café 1507 are available at the CASC Poteau campus. With college athletics, campus clubs and a variety of organizations, CASC provides a full collegiate experience for its residential students as well as those commuting. The CASC Development Foundation’s focus on scholarships and campus housing continues to support the efforts of the College to make student success a priority. Carl Albert State College’s Scholars Program draws top students from across the region to live on campus while earning their degrees. The Scholars Program is an integral piece of what makes Carl Albert State College unique.
The College offers a wide variety of degrees and certificates, with health science programs being some of the most sought after degrees. The CASC Nursing program continues to expand and provide the region with well-trained health care professionals. Physical Therapist Assistant is an additional health related program available at Carl Albert.
CASC has offered courses in Sallisaw since 1979 starting out using public school facilities. In 1992, CASC Sallisaw began operating in its current location in the Sallisaw Industrial Park. Today, CASC’s Sequoyah County campus consists of two buildings housing state-of-the-art technology, computer labs, science labs, a library, and a large multi-purpose area.
Jay Falkner is the seventh full-time President of Carl Albert State College, and has served in that capacity since July, 2016. Carl Albert State College offers courses at Poteau, Sallisaw and online through the CASC Virtual Campus in its mission to provide affordable, accessible and exceptional education that fosters student success.