School Board Has Over 60 Years of Combined Service

NWTC’s School Board members have over 60 years of combined school board experience. Pictured include: (back row l to r) Stan Kline and Dean Meyer, (front row l to r) Dr. Carl Newton, Tom Russell and Butch Edingfield.

January has been designated as School Board Recognition Month by the Oklahoma State School Board Association. This is an opportunity for local schools and communities to honor Oklahoma’s more than 2,700 elected school board members for their tireless dedication to students and to schools.

“We are proud of our district, and School Board Recognition Month is the time to recognize and say thank you to our elected board members,” says Dr. Gerald Harris, NWTC’s Superintendent.

Northwest Technology Center’s school board members review and approve policies and make difficult decisions that impact many students, clients and its partner school districts. NWTC’s overall enrollment for FY 2014 was 17,055 (all sites, programs and training). The school district served over 34% of the eligible high school juniors and seniors in the district which encompasses most of Woods and Major counties and portions of surrounding counties, including the school districts of Alva, Aline-Cleo, Canton, Cherokee, Fairview, Freedom, Ringwood and Waynoka.

Northwest Technology Center’s Board members include: Dean Meyer of Cleo Springs, Butch Edingfield of Fairview, Tom Russell of Freedom, Dr. Carl Newton of Cherokee and Stan Kline of Alva. This group has over 60 years of cumulative school board experience

NWTC Ranks High Against Other Tech Centers

Northwest Technology Center (NWTC) was recently ranked highest among technology centers of comparable size and budget for the total number of enrollments by The Journal Record in the 2014 Book of Lists. The listing was published on November 26, 2014.

According to the listing, Northwest Technology Center had 17,055 total enrollments during the 2013-2014 school year. This ranking places NWTC eleventh of 26 among Oklahoma’s Technology Centers in terms of enrollment. This includes daytime programs, adult training and development and business and industry training programs. Northwest Technology Center has 44 employees, including 33 certified staff members, spread between its Alva and Fairview campuses.

“Our numbers have been trending upward for the past several years,” stated Dr. Gerald Harris, NWTC’s Superintendent. “The amazing part of this is that we do this with a small hard-working staff and a small budget. Our Business and Industry staff has been doing a great job serving clients in the energy sector. According to the Journal Record, enrollments in our Business and Industry classes during FY13 totaled 15,851.”

Northwest Technology Center offers seven daytime programs on its Fairview campus including: Automotive Technology, Business and Information Technology, BioMedical Sciences, Culinary, Digital Design, Health Careers Certification and Welding. Eight daytime programs are offered at the Alva campus including: Auto Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, BioMedical Sciences, Computers and Business, Construction Trades (Plumbing and Electrical), Digital Design, Health Careers Certification and Practical Nursing.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, NWTC served 34.57% of the eligible high school juniors and seniors in its school district during the 2013-2014 school year. This number is over 16% higher than the statewide average. The school has been named as a Gold Star School, nine times since 2002. This is the highest form of recognition for a technology center.

Northwest Technology Center’s school district encompasses the cities, towns and school districts of Alva, Aline, Canton, Cherokee, Chester, Carmen, Cleo Springs, Dacoma, Fairview, Freedom, Longdale, Ringwood and Waynoka and parts of the Okeene and Seiling school districts. Founded in 1968, NWTC began offering classes at both campuses during the 1972-73 school year. Northwest Technology Center is a part of Oklahoma’s CareerTech system.

Updated on 1/29/15

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