Students from Central Tech’s Drumright and Sapulpa campuses earned 23 team and individual awards in the SkillsUSA state competition on April 23rd and 24th in Tulsa, OK. Among those 23 awards, four teams and six individuals placed first, moving most of them on to the SkillsUSA national competition later this year. Students from around the state came together to compete in entrepreneurship, welding, audio production and other various categories against students from all over the state.
One student, Brittney Anson, from Kiefer, earned one of eight 2018-2019 state officer positions.
“I’m proud of everyone that represented Central Tech at the state level and wish the best of luck to those moving on to the national stage,” said Shane Bruce, Central Tech’s assistant director.
SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. More than 335,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA each year, organized into more than 18,000 local chapters and 53 state and territorial associations. In 2017, 19,500 teachers served as professional members and SkillsUSA advisors. Combining alumni membership, the total number reached annually is over 394,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million members since its founding in 1965.
For more information on SkillsUSA, visit their website at skillsusa.org. To learn more about Central Tech, go to centraltech.edu.
Central Tech hosted an annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Day at the Drumright campus on March 14. The one-day event included math contests, engineering and scientific problem solving, and STEM demonstrations.
Four hundred eighty-three students from 18 schools attended, with both high school and middle school students competing for first, second and third place medals. Competitions included five areas of math (middle school math, algebra I & II, geometry, and advanced math), and two engineering events (mousetrap car and tower construction). In the biomedical science area, middle and high school students solved scientific problems.
Schools with the most overall points earned sweepstakes honors. This year, Mannford placed first in the middle school category with Bristow in second and Mounds in third. In the high school category, Bristow placed first, Cushing followed in second and Mannford earned third place.
For more information about STEM classes at Central Tech visit CentralTech.Edu, and for more about STEM education in Oklahoma, go to okstem.org.
Students from Central Tech’s Drumright and Sapulpa campuses earned 18 team and individual awards in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) state competition on March 14 in Tulsa, OK. Among those 18 awards, four teams and five individuals placed first, moving them on to the BPA national competition later this year. Students competed in parliamentary procedures, financial analysis, global marketing, advanced spreadsheet, financial management and accounting categories against students from all over the state.
In addition to competition awards, Central Tech and students earned individual and chapter awards, including four statesman torch awards, the highest state individual student recognition, six BPA Cares chapter awards, and one BPA State Merit Scholar award (one of only two in the state) for Jeri Dodson from Yale high school.
On the national level, Central Tech students were recognized at this year’s state contest for their 2017 national achievements, taking home three top-ten team awards and four top-40 individual awards. Tiffany Windholz from Cleveland also earned an Ambassador Torch Award in the high school category and Annette Kissler earned an Ambassador Torch Award in the adult category. Ashley Thompson from Sapulpa also earned an Ambassador Torch award. Overall, Central Tech placed in seven BPA Cares chapter award categories.
Business Professionals of America offers co-curricular exercises to students to help them develop professionalism, leadership experience and many other skills. For more information about Central Tech visit centraltech.edu. To learn about the national BPA student organization, visit bpa.org.
On March 15, Central Tech celebrated 11 Practical Nursing students who graduated from the Drumright campus and are on their way to licensure.
The Central Tech Practical Nursing (PN) program is open to adults and is offered on both the Drumright and Sapulpa campuses. Students learn how to administer medications and treatments as prescribed under the supervision of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist.
For the past five years, students graduating from the Central Tech Practical Nursing program have achieved a 98.5 percent pass rate on their NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination) exams.
For more information about Central Tech Practical Nursing, please visit CentralTech.Edu or call Drumright 918.352.2551 or Sapulpa 918.224.9300.
Front Row (L-R): Shelbie Brown, Hominy; Lexi Huff, Yale; Tabitha Dandridge, Olive; Rebecca McCoy, Cushing. Middle Row: Alexa Bridge, Cushing; Tori Ingraham, Cushing; Porscha Brunt, Ripley. Back Row: Gabriela Delgado, Cleveland; Tricia Gosney, Stillwater; Sabrina Brown, Drumright; Porsha McCormick, Drumright.Read More
Central Tech has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students. It is one of just 133 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor.
“We have outstanding instructors and they work hard to make sure their courses are rigorous and challenging for our students,” said LaDonna Gear, campus director at Central Tech in Drumright.
The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Central Tech had to meet the following criteria:
- Offer at least three PLTW courses.
- Have 25 percent or more of students participate in PLTW courses; or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses.
- Have 70 percent or more of students earn a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments; or 10 percent of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement.
Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
“It is a great honor to recognize Central Tech for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”
For more information on Central Tech’s STEM programs visit CentralTech.Edu.Read More
For the third year in a row, Central Tech has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Oklahoman. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.
“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”
At Central Tech the inviting environment welcomes staff, students, and clients to embrace the culture and become a part of the Central Tech family. Employees enjoy helping students achieve success. “Visitors often comment on how comfortable they feel at Central Tech. Our staff feels valued and that is reflected in how they interact with students and visitors on a daily basis. Constantly I hear employees say, ‘I love working here;’ ‘I make a difference in people’s lives;’ and ‘I work with professional, caring, and friendly individuals.’ This award verifies what we already know: Central Tech is a great place to work,” says Ron Dyer, Central Tech superintendent. “Thank you to our tremendous staff for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to Central Tech as you are the ones achieving this award.”
In addition to naming and ranking the top workplaces, 15 special awards are given. Central Tech won the award for work/life flexibility.Read More
Central Tech is known for its high-quality oil and gas, industrial and safety training for businesses, but did you know we can also provide leadership training?
Central Tech is dedicated to the success and holistic development of our area companies and realizes that quality leadership skills are as critical as performance in the field. The Live2Lead simulcast held in October 2017 provided area businesses and individuals an introduction to several leadership topics and trainings now available through Central Tech.
Our Business & Industry staff recently added a John Maxwell certified trainer and executive coach which now allows us to offer training to help develop qualities of good leadership that are essential for career and organizational success, especially in a tough economic climate. Topics include Emotional Intelligence, Discovering Your Purpose, Team Building, and many others. We are also able to customize content and training specific to your unique needs and help you to enhance a culture that drives your bottom line.
We are excited to be able to offer these services to our clients along with our established offerings in the areas of Safety Training, Operator Qualifications, and Customized Industry. If you would like to advance the communication, customer service, teamwork, leadership, accountability and emotional intelligence skills in all levels of your staff, please call 918-352-4517 or come visit us in the Seminar Center at Central Tech’s Annual Open House on Sunday February 18 from 1-4 p.m.Read More
The mission and vision of a company are sometimes lost in the day-to-day busyness, but for one department at Central Tech, the mission, “change lives with technical education and services,” and the vision, “everyone achieves success,” are demonstrated, every day.
Braden Warner, a client from Sapulpa, Okla., is a prime example of Central Tech’s Mission and Vision, and the Employment Services department helped him.
“I needed a job after high school,” Warner said. “The people at Central Tech worked with me to find a job and stayed with me until I was trained in that job. They still check on me and support me when I need them. I have been at my job for one year thanks to Tech and my job coaches.”
With the services provided by Central Tech, Warner has worked at Inverness Village in Tulsa since November 2016. At first, he worked three days per week, and has since increased to four days per week.
“Braden’s exceptional work ethic and excellent attitude makes him a great addition to our team,” said Paul Herder, director of dining room services at Inverness Village.
Kris Pruitt, Central Tech Employment Services Consultant, who works with Warner said he accomplishes his tasks in record time, and continues to do an amazing job.
Since he began working at Inverness Village, Warner has gained confidence, and his income allows him independence and the ability to go to sporting events with friends.
In addition to being a dedicated employee, Warner also volunteers at the food bank, plays golf and attends a local church.
Warner’s life has certainly been changed, and success achieved, with the help of Central Tech’s Employment Services.
Central Tech Employment Services is a unique employment service that provides on-going support services in the competitive workforce to individuals with a mental, physical, medical or cognitive disability. An employment consultant performs specialized assessments to determine an appropriate job match. Once employment has been located, on-the-job training and follow-up services are provided by the training specialist on an as-needed basis. Employment Services provides excellence in assessment, job development, training and employment support.
For more information about Central Tech Employment Services, please visit www.centraltech.edu and click on “service” or call 918.227.9262.Read More
Mobile cranes have become an essential part of most large construction projects, and because of their enormous versatility and possible configurations, they encounter more variables than any other type of material handling equipment. Central Tech recognized the industry’s need for training to comply with the new OSHA standards and gathered resources and expertise to construct an industry-leading training facility.
Because of Central Tech’s expertise and facilities, in less than a week you can be certified to work in a high-demand, high-paying industry, and be eligible to work anywhere in the US as a credentialed mobile crane rigger or signal person. In five days you can be on your way to a career in the high-demand construction industry.
FCentral Tech’s training facility is the only one in the state with a bridge crane installed, ready to provide training and assessment, along with a nationally recognized certification process. Small class sizes ensure each person receives individualized instruction to meet their needs.
“This is a great training program for individuals looking to change careers and enter a new high-demand, high-paying industry,” said Mark Cotner, Central Tech Industrial Coordinator.
Training equipment includes a three-ton bridge crane set up with the latest technology, including variable drive motors in six directions and built-in wireless controls. Training for mobile cranes can be customized for rough-terrain, all-terrain, boom truck, industrial all purpose, truck mounted, and crawler mounted, along with hydraulic and conventional booms.
Individual credentials are granted by NCCER and are valid in all 50 states for five years, giving individuals the flexibility to move where needed without the worry of credentials not transferring.
According to the Construction Craft Salary Survey conducted by NCCER, salaries for mobile crane operators average more than $64,500 and rigger salaries average more than $57,000, with some individuals earning much more.
Companies who have employees needing instruction in mobile crane operation can also receive training at Central Tech. All training is customized to the specific needs of the individual or company, and can be provided in Central Tech’s facility or on-site.
In addition to rigger and crane operator training, Central Tech offers safety training on a wide variety of topics including forklift, OSHA, HAZMAT, CPR, and more. For more information about training available through Business & Industry Services, please call 918-224-9300.Read More
The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Central Tech helps students find successful, gainful employment, and helps meet the growing need for skilled technicians.
“Central Tech’s first full-time HVAC class began in the fall of 2014, in response to industry outlook and projected demand for skilled workers. With many owners and contractors of air conditioning businesses in the Tulsa and Sapulpa area reaching retirement age, the HVAC industry was and is facing growing needs and shortages among skilled Residential and Light Commercial HVAC Technicians locally, state-wide and nationally. Seeing this growing need, and projected skills gap, Central Tech sought to be part of the solution,” said Diana Plummer, career counselor for Central Tech.
An advisory committee of industry leaders was formed to aid in curriculum and program development for the HVAC class, as well as hire the future graduates.
Since the class began, interest has skyrocketed, creating a need for an additional class and the opportunity for students to take evening courses. By August 2017, the full-time evening class was established mirroring the daytime class.
“The success of the HVAC program is demonstrated through 100 percent positive job placement of all the full-time Residential and Light Commercial Technicians,” said Dr. Kim Howard, Central Tech’s Sapulpa campus director. “Our graduates earn an average entry-level starting salary of $15 per hour, and students who complete the program are prepared for their apprenticeship, with the ability to sit for their journeyman certification after one year of work experience.”
The need is growing, and Central Tech’s HVAC programs are meeting the need of the industry as well as positively impacting the economy. According to the US Department of Labor, the median pay for HVAC technicians is more than $22 per hour, and jobs opportunities are projected to grow by 15 percent, which is much faster than average.
Join us for Central Tech’s Annual Open House on Sunday, February 18, from 1-4 p.m. and tour the class to see first-hand the industry-leading equipment and instruction our students receive.
For more information about Central Tech’s HVAC program, please visit CentralTech.Edu or call 918-224-9300.Read More