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CareerTech Champions

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Start-up company receives national grants for space-age technology.

THEN: Four scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs operating a business out of Saravan Kumar’s house. They developed a proprietary platform that allowed them to recreate various gravitational environments for space-based research. They pitched the idea to NASA, who suggested they apply that same technology to something with a broader market. That led them to explore what other industries might need the same technology.

In 2012, the group moved its business, MaxQ, into the Meridian Technology Center for Business Development.

Meridian Tech’s business incubator program:

  • Allowed MaxQ to customize its office and lab space to meet development and production needs.
  • Offered coaching on real-life business scenarios.
  • Consulted with the group on market research and establishing a customer base.
  • Helped MaxQ secure grants from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and the National Science Foundation.

NOW: MaxQ has patented the MaxPlus thermal control solution, which allows blood and other biological products such as nerve graphs, bone marrow and stem cells to be transported in precise temperature-regulated pack-outs. MaxQ’s lightweight, impact-resistant insulated shipping containers are 10 times more insulating, 20 percent lighter, and 10 times more impact-resistant than Styrofoam.

MaxQ recently received a grant for applied research from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
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Stillwater’s MaxQ Research is good example of Oklahoma innovation

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CareerTech Champions

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Lana Anderson lectures to Intro to Manufacturing class at Henniges Automotive.

Henniges Automotive – Great Plains Technology Center

CareerTech partnership is driving force behind auto parts manufacturer.

THEN: In the tiny town of Frederick, Oklahoma, Henniges Automotive manufactures parts for companies like GM, Ford and BMW. It’s a thriving company that has been around for four decades. With only 4,000 people living in the blue collar community, however, it has been tough to find enough qualified employees to keep up with the company’s growth.

Henniges recently formed a partnership with Great Plains Technology Center, and together they created an Intro to Manufacturing class that is offered several times a year. Great Plains hosts the class, as well as

  • Helping recruit new students.
  • Providing an instructor for six hours of safety training.
  • Providing teaching assistance for the certification instructor (who had no previous classroom experience).

Working with Great Plains, the novice certification instructor was able to build a class schedule, create a syllabus and make a smooth transition into teaching.

NOW: The manufacturing class has helped Henniges reduce both turnover and absenteeism. Having employees who pay for the six-week certification class shows their commitment to the job. It also increases the employees’ knowledge once they’re hired.

“The safety training allows new employees to help maintain the culture of safety expected in the plant.”

Chase Massie, Henniges human resources manager

High Plains Tech, Panhandle State and Guymon Public Schools Break Ground on Training Center

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High Plains Technology Center, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Guymon Public Schools received a federal $1.5 million grant for a joint welding technology training center in Guymon.

The three educational entities recently broke ground on the center in the Guymon Industrial Park. Students in the center will be able to earn welding certificates from High Plains while also taking academic classes at Panhandle State toward associate or bachelor’s degrees.

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Central Tech Training Facility a Model for Other States

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Central Technology Center opened Oklahoma’s first oil and gas pipeline and storage training facility in 2011 to meet the training needs of the industry.

The oil and gas industry has a growing need of well-trained and highly skilled workers.

Central Tech’s programs help fill that need in several ways:

  • Provide employees with OQ certifications necessary to work in the oil and gas industry.
  • Provide students with a career pathway to benefit their future.
  • Aid companies in expanding their workforce.
  • Assist small companies in obtaining certifications.
  • Provide security and safety training to maintain Oklahoma’s safe work environments.

The training facilities include a fully simulated oil and gas storage facility with control center monitoring; pipeline maintenance equipment; CAT backhoe and excavator simulators; and computer systems.

ODCTE Offers Career Planning Resources

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Not sure how to research an occupation or plan your education to your chosen career? Need some help planning your job search, like preparing your resume or learning interviewing tips? OK Career Guide, Oklahoma’s statewide career system supported by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, can help.

The online system, which launched Aug. 21, 2015, is built specifically for Oklahoma. It serves a wide audience and provides data to administrators. Oklahoma schools and all Oklahomans have access to the online tool at no cost.

OK Career Guide allows users to achieve the following:

  • Develop career awareness.
  • Develop individual career plans.
  • Create online portfolios.
  • Take assessments.
  • Explore careers.
  • Research and link to post-secondary schools.
  • Locate scholarships.
  • Set career goals.
  • Connect to business and industry.
  • Build resumes and cover letters.

Pioneer Tech Emergency Services Training Center Opens

Pioneer Technology Center opened its Emergency Services Training Center in September to help provide training area fire departments and industries.PioneerTechEmergencyServices

The Ponca City Fire and Life Safety Council had a vision for a local training facility more than 15 years ago. A little more than two years ago, Pioneer Tech joined the venture, which had strong support from area industry, agencies and volunteer fire departments.

In December 2018, the Pioneer Tech Board of Education approved the plan to build the training center on the eastern side of PTC’s property. The building was designed to meet the training needs of firefighters and law enforcement and provide industrial safety training in north central Oklahoma. The 44-foot-tall tower can simulate fires in houses and apartments and offer training for search and rescue. The 18,425-square-foot facility has two burn rooms, 10 rappelling points, eight staircases, a confined space trainer and 26 movable partitions.

“The new EMS Training Center gives availability and accessibility for agencies to meet the expense of training staff in a timely manner, which in turn will impact district partners with better-prepared service providers,” said Traci Thorpe, superintendent/CEO of Pioneer Tech.

Pioneer Tech has already booked an international group from South Korea for training at the facility in partnership with Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training.

Red River Technology Center partnering with U.S. Army

Red River Technology CenterRedRiverTechandArmy is work with the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery proponent of Fort Sill in Lawton on a new, enhanced electronics technology certification training initiative.

The initiative, referred to as the credentialing program, is designed for tactical and maintenance warrant officers associated with the Patriot missile defense system.

Selected warrant officers attend a rigorous 60-hour, two-week electronics technology certification training program to learn the technical knowledge required to pass the DC and AC electronics circuit analysis and troubleshooting exams as outlined by the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians and the Electronics System Association.

“Our soldiers have an incredible opportunity, especially with the technical aspect of their jobs, to get industry/nationwide credentialing,” said Jennifer Smith, lead development and education analyst for the Air Defense Artillery Commandant. “We are very excited about the partnership with the Red River Technology Center, and we are going to continue to grow it.”

The robust curriculum and the purposely limited time allowed to complete the assigned duties and tasks associated with the successful certification process, provide a unique experience for the officers.

All of the attending warrant officers successfully fulfilling the requirements of the credentialing program receive their independent industry certification documents and special recognition during their tactical training graduation ceremony at Fort Sill.

Partnership With Businesses Brings Donation for Workforce Training

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Moore Norman Technology Center’s automotive service technology program recently received a new Toyota Corolla from Gulf States Toyota and Fowler Toyota.

The donation will allows students to practice repairs on a modern vehicle with the latest in automotive technology. They’ll get hands-on experience with Toyota Express Maintenance, which includes oil and filter change, tire rotation and brake, fluid and multi-point inspections.

The investment from Gulf States Toyota and Fowler Toyota is an example of the kind of partnerships the CareerTech System is making to ensure that we can provide the qualified workers that Oklahoma’s business and industry needs.

The donation was featured on News 9 and in The Oklahoman.

What It Takes – CareerTech State Director Welcomes Students


Students in Oklahoma CareerTech programs earn credits toward high school graduation as well as the opportunity to prepare for industry recognized certifications and credentials and licenses.

Technology Centers of the CareerTech Education System

CareerTech’s technology centers provide cost-effective training throughout Oklahoma.

FY18 Technology Centers EnrollmentsThe foundation for Oklahoma’s statewide network of 29 technology center districts, operating a total of 58 campuses statewide, was laid in 1966 when Oklahoma voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing the establishment of what were then called area vocational-technical schools.

One of the main goals of these schools was to provide cost-effective vocational education. The amendment allowed school districts to join together to form a vo-tech district with an independent board of education and its own locally approved tax base. The new school could then offer specialized occupational training programs that sending schools could not afford to offer, or for which they might not have enough enrollment to justify the offering.

Gov. Dewey Bartlett, who campaigned on the issue of industrial expansion, championed the formation of these new schools as the linchpin of his efforts to diversify Oklahoma’s economy, previously so dependent on oil and agriculture. He knew that these schools would teach high school students the technical skills that a diversified Oklahoma economy would need as well as provide Oklahoma adults the opportunity to upgrade existing skills or learn new skills. He also believed these schools would evolve into a critical recruiting tool to attract new jobs and new investments to Oklahoma. Time, and hard work, has proved him right.

Oklahoma’s technology centers serve full-time students, both high school pupils and adult learners. Also, district residents, usually adults, flock to the centers to learn new skills or enhance existing ones in popular short-term courses. While high school students attend tuition-free, adult students are charged nominal tuition to offset costs. Students are frequently able to earn credit hours for their studies from local colleges.

In FY18, 20,971 high school students enrolled in Oklahoma’s technology centers. Most attend approximately three hours per day, either in the morning or the afternoon. Due to increased graduation requirements, centers are adapting schedules and pursuing other avenues to provide students with the flexibility they need to attend. The centers also serve more than 10,000 full-time adult enrollments.

On a statewide average, technology centers receive about two-thirds of their funding at the local level. The remaining is a mixture of state and federal funds.

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