A History in Pictures

1960

1st meeting of the Central Oklahoma Area Vocational Technical School Board of Education.

July 20, 1967

First meeting of the Central Oklahoma Area Vocational Technical School Board of Education.
The board hired the first Superintendent, John H. Hopper.

November 13, 1967

The board hired the first Superintendent, John H. Hopper.

August 1968

$935,000 bond issue approved for Drumright construction.
1969 ground breaking of Central Tech in Oklahoma

1969

Breaking ground on Drumright Campus.

1970

1970 Dedicated and first classes at Central Tech in Drumright

August 22, 1970

First classes were held.

1973

Adult training facility added.
Truck Driver Training driving range developed.

1975

Driving course for Truck Driver Training developed.
Student drew an owl to represent Central Tech as the mascot. 

Mid-70s

Student drew an owl to represent Central Tech as the mascot. 
Trade & Industry building built at Central Tech in Drumright OK 

1977

Trade & Industry building built. 
2nd campus developed in Sapulpa. 

1978

Second campus developed in Sapulpa. 
Graphic Communications building opened at Central Tech in Drumright

1979

Graphic Communications building opened in Drumright. 

1980

1982

Opened the Industrial Facility in Sapulpa.
An administrative and technology addition added. 

1983

An administrative and technology addition added in Drumright. 
Addition to north end of building. 

1988

Addition to north end of building in Drumright. 

1989

Truck Driver Training becomes a statewide program and expands its facilities.

1990

1991

Created the Center of Business Development in Drumright (also known as the Incubator).

1992

Expanded BIS Training in Drumright and Sapulpa.
Legal name changed to Central Technology Center; marketing name, Central Tech, state vo-tech system became Oklahoma

1995

Legal name changed to Central Technology Center (aka Central Tech for marketing purposes), state vo-tech system became Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

2000

Telecommunications wing added. 

2001

Telecommunications wing added in Drumright. 

2001

National Telecommunications Award for exemplary program serving as an educational model.

2007

Developed Statewide Pipeline Training.

2008

Established Turning Point, a drop out recovery program.

2009

Central Tech is recognized as Oklahoma's first Safety Center of Excellence.

2010

Pipeline and safety training center built. 

2011

Pipeline & Safety Training Center in Drumright built. 
The Industrial & Safety Training Center and HVAC was built.

2014

The Industrial & Safety Training Center and HVAC in Sapulpa was built.

2014

Awarded its 24th consecutive Gold Star award and is the only tech center to receive this honor every year since its inception in 1990.
Sapulpa Rt. 66 Bridge