NCED Historical Perspective
NCED's history began with its establishment in 1969. During its first full year of operation (1970), NCED served 7,000 United States Postal Service students
in three training programs. All students were housed in the top few floors of the University of Oklahoma's Couch Tower.
Today, the main campus of NCED is a 72-acre, postal-owned site at SE 24th and Imhoff Road in Norman, Oklahoma. Although the Postal Service is still NCED's
biggest customer (NCED is the national training center of the US Postal Service), we are open to the public and offer training, conferencing, and hotel services
to business groups, private parties, and individuals. We can also bring our training programs to your location through on-site instruction and distance-learning
The NCED staff is composed of training experts and administrators working for the Postal Service augmented by various support-orientated contract personnel.
Conference and Meeting Facilities
Conferences and meetings are an NCED specialty. The campus offers two state-of-the-art conference facilities that can comfortably accommodate almost any group.
NCED's outstanding conference facilities can accommodate business, Postal Service, or Community groups of 50 or 850 in over 40,000 square feed of meeting and conference space that
is highly adaptable to fit almost any requirement
Services range from clean, conformable overnight accommodations, to creative luxury banquets.
State of the art audiovisual capabilities include on-site technical assistance, and complete meeting packages deliver turnkey service
For more information visit conference services.
Main Training Facility
The Main Training Building is a 293,000 square-foot building designed specifically for training. It contains 45 classrooms and 23 labs, along with administration
offices, distance-learning studios, and video production units. It also features a 6,840 square foot Conference Center that can accommodate 450 conferees. The
Conference Center can also be divided into two to six breakout rooms. Each conference room features high-tech integrated audio-visual equipment, and facilities
specialists are always on-site to assist with any audio-visual needs.
The Preston Building, a second 60,000 square-foot training facility was built on campus in 2004, (formerly the East Learning Center) was named after Preston Tisch, the Postmaster General who was in place at the time construction of the NCED campus took place.
The Franklin Building, a third 127,000 square-foot training facility was built on campus in 2008, (formerly the Northeast Learning Center (NELC), named after Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster General.
Main Housing Facility
The six-story housing and recreation facility was added to NCED's main campus in 1992. The 445,000-square-foot housing facility contains 964 smoke-free guestrooms.
It provides a superior living environment, recreation aimed toward fitness and health, and networking and teambuilding activities for students and conferees. Campus
fitness and recreation facilities provide healthful activities that contribute to the learning and meeting environment. Facilities include a fitness center, gym, game
rooms, spas, racquetball courts, tennis courts, an outdoor Olympic-sized pool, outdoor playing fields, and a walking/jogging track. The on-site food court offers three
meals a day, and special dining and banquet services are available. The Center's on-site Health Clinic provides medical aid, emergency care, and health and wellness
education for staff, students, and conferees. It is staffed by occupational health care nurses, and is located in the housing facility. The Norman Regional Hospital
is nearby if more extensive health care is needed. A lounge, full service salon, and gift shop are also located in the Housing Facility, along with a variety of study
Freshly prepared foods are offered in a variety of combinations at the facility's on-site cafeteria. The Housing Facility Food Court provides food and services to
students, faculty, and staff of the NCED and to conference attendees. All meals are "All You Wish To Eat," so don't forget the dessert.
Annual Training Statistics
Over 53,000 students now train annually in more than 183 course offered by NCED.