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Director's Weekly Memo 2019-2-11

Gordon Cooper Tech breaks ground for Public Safety Training Facility

Men wearing hard hats pose with shovels in a groundbreaking ceremony. Other people stand around them.A large gathering of community leaders, school officials, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel broke ground on the Marty Lewis Public Safety Training Facility recently at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

GCTC Board of Education President Gary Crain said the board decided to name the new building in honor of GCTC Superintendent Marty Lewis because he fostered a culture of united purpose and commitment to serve people of this area.

A retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol supervisor, Crain said providing the latest and best training for emergency responders can make the difference between life and death in a critical situation.

“Leaders in this area worked with the technology center without division on the common goal of making our communities safer,” he said.

Lewis, who plans to retire at the end of June, acknowledged the support his family received from emergency responders when his son was involved in a fatal accident on Turner Turnpike in 2010.

“The police, firefighters and paramedics of this area deserve our respect and the best education and training we can provide for the future and existing emergency workforce,” he said.

The $5 million facility adjacent to 45th Street and the GCTC south entrance will house training for area high school students and working law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics.
The more than 20,000-square-feet facility contains four classrooms, a paramedic training lab, a firearm simulation room, a driving simulation room, a workout space, a large meeting room, a fire training tower and additional water features for fire equipment.
Construction is scheduled for completion in December.

 

CareerTech Resource Center offers Industry/Workplace Data & Trends webpage

Find out what’s happening in the workplace on the Oklahoma CareerTech Resource Center’s Industry/Workplace Data & Trends webpage.

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Bartlesville Public Schools holds STEM showcase

Bartlesville Public Schools hosted a Project Lead The Way Showcase on Tuesday to offer information on its K-12 STEM program to representatives of 15 school districts, local business and industries, Oklahoma CareerTech, the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

In 2014-15, only 500 of the district’s students participated in specialized STEM courses or curricula at their home schools. This year, more than 4,000 of the district’s approximately 6,000 students are participating in STEM programs.

The district’s STEM courses include PLTW Gateway programs and a pre-engineering program partnership with Tri County Technology Center.

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Chisholm Trail Tech honors Business Partner of the Year

Chisholm Trail Tech Business Partner of the Year
From left, Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack, BLT Tank employees Toddie Rollins and Eva Ryan, Chisholm Trail Business and Industry Safety Trainer Jason Wallace and Chisholm Trail Superintendent Max Thomas.
Chisholm Trail Technology Center named BLT Tanks its Business Partner of the Year on Wednesday.

CTTC presents the award annually to a local company that has shown efforts to advance the safety and culture of its work environment.

BLT Tanks, located west of Kingfisher, has consistently conducted training with Chisholm Trail for 15 years.

When Paul Hursh, CTTC BIS director, first encountered BLT Tanks, he brought in a manufacturing specialist to help the company, which had three employees. BLT Tanks has developed into a business that employs more than 40 people, not including its truck drivers.

 

CareerTech events

Business & Industry Services Certification Program Session III, Feb. 19

Accreditation Training Series - Standard 6, Feb. 20

CareerTech Board Meeting, Feb. 21

Oklahoma State TCTW-HSTW Network Project Based Learning Training Series, Feb. 26

BPA Officer Applicant Screening

 

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