ABOUT CENTRAL TECH

Changing lives with technical education and services.

Join Central Tech. We are innovative and creative, visionary and agile, dedicated and welcoming to all people who want more out of life.

Our roots are set in a tradition of training highly-skilled technicians in high-demand occupations.

Experience Something New. With the use of hands-on learning, you will dream it, design it, and create it. Turn your passion into a plan for your future.

Join us and utilize state-of-the-art equipment and technology, as we commit to meeting your expectations for quality education.   

picture of a girl with purple hair learning graphic design at Central Tech in Drumright OK

why central tech

Central Tech Students

practical experience and technical skills

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We attract students who desire real-world opportunities. They thrive on our hands-on learning style. They enjoy relevant curriculum they put to use at once.

Healthy competition keeps them at the top of their game. Upon entering a classroom, you feel the school pride and accomplishment. It’s evident in student hands-on projects, attitudes, and high-level skill sets.

Competition isn’t just in the classroom, it’s in the application process. We have a student waiting list each year. With limited classroom size, it is best to enroll early.  


Central Tech Staff

nothing teaches like experience

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Quality leaders emphasize goals, direction, results, and ongoing evaluation. This encourages instructors to lead by example as they begin each day with high expectations and push students to do their best.

Respect is the alliance that bonds students and faculty. Our instructors, having worked in their industry, demonstrate a passion for their trade. It’s reflected in the students as they take pride in their work and become a part of something greater than themselves. This culture doesn’t happen by accident.

We pride ourselves on a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1. 


Central Tech Experience

Central Tech making a difference

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As part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system, our 25 communities, including 18 high schools, gain strength as we prepare secondary and post-secondary students for the workforce, armed with industry-recognized credentials.

With a focus on quality instruction, enrollment, and placement, we incorporate collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking into the curriculum.

Lifelong learning is no longer an option in this technological world. As technology advances and occupations evolve, people must adhere to the demands of stronger and more continuous learning to stay marketable.


The Business Community

a healthy workforce boosts the economy

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Education doesn’t end upon graduation. Through close relationships with the corporate world, we provide workforce training and development. This includes, but not limited to, safety, oil/gas and pipeline, industrial maintenance, rigger/crane, and consulting solutions to more than 400 companies. Workforce training can develop stronger businesses and contribute to economic growth. 

We train your workforce. We are the engine for economic growth. Together we will create a brighter tomorrow for Oklahoma.

Central Tech… it’s where you belong. We invite you to become a part of our story! The Business Community – a healthy workforce boosts the economy 


Our History

On July 20, 1967, the first meeting of the Central Oklahoma Area Vocational Technical School Board of Education was held. That board hired the first Superintendent for the new school district, John H. Hopper, on November 13, 1967. 

In August 1968, citizens of the Central Vo-Tech school district approved a $935,000 bond issue for construction and equipping the original building in Drumright.

The first classes were held on the new campus on August 22, 1970. In the meantime, classes in Practical Nursing were conducted in a rented school building in Drumright.

1st meeting of the Central Oklahoma Area Vocational Technical School Board of Education.
An administrative and technology addition added. 

Our purpose is to elevate, educate, & empower.

The Owl

In the mid-’70s a student drew a mascot who became known as C.T. the owl. The saying “Wise is he who has a skill,” became the motto that still holds true today.

Somewhere in time, the owl was lost – but in 2015, he was restored with an updated image. If you stop by any of our events, you might just get a chance to take a picture with him. 

Board of Education

Unless otherwise stated, monthly board meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm in the Board Room on the Drumright campus. Exceptions include June and October meetings which are held in the BIS Board Room on the Sapulpa campus.

Meeting Dates

July 13, 2021August 10, 2021
September 14, 2021October 12, 2021
November 9, 2021December 14, 2021
January 11, 2022February 8, 2022
March 8, 2022April 12, 2022
May 10, 2022June 14, 2022

Board Members

Joe Naifeh | President
Dr. Richard Pitts | Vice President
Dave Roberts
Rodger Floyd
Dr. Zeddie Cantrell
Ron Dyer | Superintendent
Jill Collins | Appointed Clerk

Consumer Information

In compliance with educational regulations, Central Tech provides consumer information to its students, staff, and the community in an easily accessible environment.

At Central Tech, everyone achieves success.

Nondiscrimination Notice

Central Technology Center, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1974, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age in any of its policies, practices or procedures. These equal opportunity provisions include, but are not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, educational services, treatments, or access to programs or activities. Students are admitted to programs based on their interests, indicators of ability to succeed in their chosen occupation, aptitude and prior performance in school and work. Other factors may be considered that affect the student’s ability to fully participate or complete a program or to obtain professional credentials at the program’s conclusion. Career training is organized through the National Career Clusters Framework and is offered in Architecture & Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications; Business, Management & Administration; Education & Training; Health Science; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Manufacturing; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to:

  • Title VII coordinator is Kent Burris, Assistant Superintendent, 918.352.2551
  • Title IX coordinator for Drumright campus is Kent Burris Assistant Superintendent, 918.352.2551
  • Title IX coordinator for Sapulpa campus is Kim Howard, Sapulpa Campus Director, 918.224.9300
  • Section 504 coordinator for Drumright campus is LaDonna Gear, Campus Director, 918.352.2551
  • Section 504 coordinator for Sapulpa campus is Kim Howard, Sapulpa Campus Director, 918.224.9300
  • ADA coordinator is Kent Burris, Assistant Superintendent, 918.352.2551
  • Compliance coordinator is Kent Burris, Assistant Superintendent, 918.352.2551