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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-7-24

Canadian Valley Technology Center names Standley Systems its Partner for Progress

Canadian Valley Technology Center named Standley Systems its 2017 Partner for Progress.

Canadian Valley Tech and Standley Systems began their partnership 20 years ago when Standley Systems replaced 200 pieces of equipment at the technology center with 30 that could do the same jobs.

“We reduced their cost, made them more efficient and saved taxpayer dollars,” Elliott said.

The partnership has expanded services available to students and employees at Canadian Valley Technology Center, said Angela Lewis, business and industry services director at the Canadian Valley Tech Chickasha campus.

Standley Systems opened in the 1930s in downtown Chickasha as the Fred Standley Typewriter Co. Today, it is led by Fred Standley’s grandson, Tim Elliott, CEO and co-owner, who has helped the company grow to 120 employees and seven locations throughout Oklahoma. The company provides multifunctional copiers, digital duplicators, wide-format printers, IT solutions and document management solutions.

“They are truly an agent for economic growth and development in the CV Tech district and all of Oklahoma. Standley Systems employees reveal the hearts of servants,” Lewis said.


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CareerTech Champion: Rebecca Thacker – Meridian Technology Center and BPA

Rebecca Thacker
Photo courtesy of Stillwater News Press.
THEN: A single mother of four who described herself as a “loser mom in a dead-end job.” Rebecca Thacker was also the daughter of a single mom, and when her mother became ill, Rebecca dropped out of high school to help support her family. More than 20 years later Rebecca’s mother had passed away and Rebecca was going through a divorce. She decided it was time to make positive changes in her life.

After randomly choosing Oklahoma as the location for her metamorphosis, she worked 60 hours a week at two cooking jobs. Still not making ends meet, she studied at Meridian Technology Center to get her high school equivalency diploma and later decided to sign up for its business technology program in hopes of getting an office job. At Meridian Tech, Rebecca:

  • Was an officer for MTC’s Business Professionals of America chapter.
  • Took first place in the interview skills competition at the state BPA conference and fourth place at the national contest.
  • Completed a paid internship at Oklahoma CareerTech’s state agency.

Rebecca’s business technology instructor said Rebecca has excelled in many areas and has stood up as a leader.

NOW: She is putting her skills to work as a full-time secretary in program administration at Meridian Tech. No longer an embarrassed high school dropout, Rebecca is both a high school grad and a graduate of Meridian Tech. She is a positive role model for her children and says her children even brag about her.

“My daughter said she wants to be me,” she said.


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2017 Summer Conference, Aug. 1-2

CareerTech Board Meeting, Aug. 17

Teacher Institute 2016-2017 Cohort, Aug. 24

ICBSShow 2017, Aug. 30-31

FCCLA Lead Conference, Sept. 6


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