Klamath Falls, Ore. – Oregon Tech announced Monday they’ll soon be offering their first doctorate degree program in physical therapy.
“We will admit students effective September 2021.” Notes Oregon Tech President Dr. Nagi Naganathan. “We are pleased to have the approval from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.”
Sky Lakes Medical Center is investing $200,000 to help launch the program.
“It’s a bit of an economic development strategy.” Explains Sky Lakes President and CEO Paul Stewart. “All boats rise when we work together to collaborate to build new programs – it enhances the entire community.”
Naganathan adds the program has been under development for the past several years. “It is not only an Oregon Tech doctorate program, it is a powerful partnership between Oregon Tech, Sky Lakes, and Oregon Health and Science University.”
Stewart believes that mix of education and health with also benefit the region. “We’ve learned that if we can expose students to what is’s like to train and then practice in a rural setting, they’re more likely to choose to go practice in a rural setting.”
There are currently only 2 physical therapy doctorate programs in Oregon, both are offered at private institutions in the Portland area.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.