The Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement has several free instructional resources available for students and teachers, from an employability guide to lessons in infection, immunology and sanitation.
Monthly Archives: April 2020
Lowder Brothers – Kiamichi Technology Centers, Poteau campus
Brothers return to technology center to find workers for their new HVAC business.
THEN: Two brothers who graduated from the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program at Kiamichi Technology Centers’ Poteau campus. A few years later, Justin and Heath Lowder opened their own business, operating out of a small shop behind Justin’s home. The brothers said the training they received at KTC was a key factor in their success. The two-year program enabled the brothers to:
- Begin their careers with no student debt.
- Create what they described as great paying jobs.
- Comfortably support their families.
NOW: Operating out of a brand-new facility in Pocola, Oklahoma, Lowder Brothers Heating and Air LLC has grown to 18 employees, five of whom are also graduates of the same KTC program. Justin said he and his brother pride themselves in offering a low-stress work environment, and his employees truly enjoy their jobs.
In addition to hiring KTC graduates, Justin serves on the tech center’s Business and Education Council for the HVAC program.
“Serving on the BEC allows me to contribute to students today by keeping the program up-to-date on industry and work trends,” he said.
The job market for HVAC grads is strong and is expected to grow considerably in the next few years.
“It’s rewarding to watch our employees excel and accomplish their career and personal goals.” Heath Lowder, business owner and HVAC grad
Leisha Mahseet – Caddo Kiowa Technology Center
Nontraditional is becoming a tradition for female diesel services technician.
Then: A soft-spoken woman whose goal was to provide a better life for her family. Leisha Mahseet wanted a career that could do help her do that, and she wasn’t afraid of hard work. Leisha didn’t set out to break any stereotypes; she just wanted to make a decent living. She enrolled in Caddo Kiowa Technology Center’s diesel services tech program, and once she started the hands-on training, she said, she loved it. At CKTC, Leisha
- Earned ASE student certifications in engines, brakes, steering and suspension and electrical.
- Maintained excellent grades, positioning herself at the top of her class.
- Served as a strong role model for her classmates as well as for women considering nontraditional careers.
Her instructor said Leisha is a natural leader.
“She’s a perfect example of someone who breaks traditions and promotes equity in a male-dominated industry,” Allan Leatherbury said.
Breaking traditions is nothing new for Leisha. She was the first female employee to work at the top of the wind turbines for the Blue Canyon Wind Farm near Apache.
NOW: Leisha completed the diesel services tech program and went on to earn her commercial driver’s license through CKTC’s truck driver training program.
“I feel this is just the beginning for Leisha,” said Leatherbury. “She’s done quite well in the program, and I expect she will be even more successful in the field.”
Thank you to educators across Oklahoma who have been providing help to students and their communities. Here are a few examples from across the state.
Technology centers, including Tulsa Tech, Pioneer Tech, Southwest Tech, Moore Norman Tech, Canadian Valley Tech, Northeast Tech, Francis Tuttle Tech, Wes Watkins Tech, Metro Tech, Chisholm Trail Tech, Gordon Cooper Tech, Caddo Kiowa Tech and Kiamichi Tech, have donated personal protective equipment (masks, gowns, goggles, gloves), hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and spray to local facilities. Many of the supplies are normally used for health careers education. CVTC also donated the plants from its canceled greenhouse sale to area parks and public garden spaces.
Tech centers like Indian Capital Tech are also using 3D printers to print masks, protective shields and other supplies. Francis Tuttle Tech and other tech centers have also loaned hospitals the ventilators that they use in health careers education classes.
A CareerTech Gateway to Technology teacher at Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond used the school’s laser engraver to make hooks for medical professionals’ masks so they don’t have to hook them on their ears. A Meridian Tech STEM instructor did the same for Stillwater Medical Center staff.
Gordon Cooper Tech in Shawnee is also helping community members by providing free Wi-Fi they can access in the parking lot.
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William E. Powell Jr. – Lexington Skills Center
Business owner: Success started with one CareerTech instructor who cared.
THEN: He had lost everything. William Powell was serving a 10-year prison
sentence, and in his own words, his life was completely void of any source of pride. Then a former student at Lexington Correctional Center told him about Cecil Wainscott. Powell said the one-on-one guidance he received from the licensed trades instructor transformed his life.
After Powell was accepted into the licensed trades program, he had something he could be proud of. In fact, he had a lot to be proud of. He completed his GED while he was incarcerated and later became a certified unlimited electrical journeyman and contractor.
Powell said the electrical training and his CareerTech experience helped him develop:
- Focus – giving him “the proverbial bullseye” he said he is always looking for.
- Accountability – “It’s not only about me,” he said. “It’s about making everyone around me better.”
- Pride – “Being able to call myself an electrician gave me a drive to succeed,” he said.
Powell said he uses the skills he learned in the CareerTech program on a daily basis.
NOW: William Powell owns his own electrical business, Powell Electric, in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The business is bonded and insured.
Powell said he is blessed beyond measure.
“I have money in the bank, I own a home and vehicles, and I am a pillar in my community,” he said.