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 or through a contract with the University of Oklahoma. NCED
Training Facility maintenance is supported by Trax International and our conference Services, lodging and food services are managed by the Marriott Corporation.
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.
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.
Main Housing Facility
The NCED Housing Facility sits adjacent to Main Training Building. The six-story, 475,000 square foot facility houses our 964 guest rooms and Conference Hall. The
8,928 square foot Conference Hall comfortably accommodates up to 875 conferees, and it can be divided into as many as seven smaller rooms. Four other breakout rooms
are also available in the Conference Hall. For more information visit conference services.
A food court, lounge, fitness center, full service salon, and gift shop are also located in the Housing Facility, along with a variety of study rooms, game rooms,
and a health clinic.
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 67,000 students now train annually in the more than 500 courses offered by NCED. Course lengths range from 2 hours to 6 weeks, and are taught in a variety of
settings ranging from intimate seminars to hands-on laboratory work. The average course runs from five to ten days. All courses are offered throughout the year,
with more than 3500 course offerings