Southwest Technology Center
711 West Tamarack Road
Altus, OK 73521
Projects and Unique Attributes
Southwest Technology Center (SWTC) has two distinctive full-time programs: Aviation and Aerospace Technology and Biomedical Sciences. Aviation Technology is a partnership with Altus Air Force Base whereby successful students may become civil service employees through a Student Education Employment Program.
Students in Biomedical Sciences earn college credit while working the Project Lead the Way curriculum. Graduates of the Biomedical Sciences program are highly successful at the university level. College credit is also earned in eight programs at SWTC through a cooperative alliance with Western Oklahoma State College.
In addition to customized training for business and industry, unique business services include assistance in bidding on government contracts at Altus Air Force Base, training programs for employees of municipalities, small business management and Hispanic outreach to assist with upgrading employment skills.
SWTC exists to serve its partner school districts and business/industry communities. Six of the seven communities are considered small and rural. SWTC supports these communities by providing facility space, coordination and supervision for alternative education programs; professional development programs for teachers, staff, board members; support and facilitation for distance learning; and IT technology support.SWTC's presence in rural southwest Oklahoma represents a commitment to strengthen the economy while preserving and improving its exemplary quality of life. Secondary students living in the technology center district who attend a public, private, parochial, charter or home school are eligible to attend tuition free. Adults have low cost tuition fee. Grants and scholarships are available.
District Population and Partner Schools
District population is 29,154 based on 2010 census data. School districts served include Altus, Blair, Duke, Eldorado, Granite, Navajo and Olustee.