Gov. Kevin Stitt recently issued a proclamation declaring February as Career and Technical Education Appreciation Month in Oklahoma. Northwest Technology Center, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and CareerTech facilities throughout the state are celebrating CareerTech month.
“In dealing with the challenges that 2020 brought, Northwest Technology Center adapted and continued delivering career-related training programs for high school and adult students. We also found new ways and delivery methods to provide safety and customized training to our local business.” stated Daren Slater, Northwest Technology Center’s Superintendent.
Later this spring, Northwest Technology Center will begin a Paramedic program, which will help address the need for emergency services personnel in Northwest Oklahoma. The program will begin training classes on April 20, and enrollment is open.
Northwest Technology Center is also offering courses in meat processing through its adult and career development program. The meat processing program’s theory portion is delivered virtually, but the skills section is provided through in-person hands-on training.
Northwest Technology Center students have participated in virtual job shadowing this year to introduce more students to potential careers. The platform is ideal for schools and students doing virtual and distance learning and traditional in-person classes. This innovative program was provided by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
Another exciting project is the construction of a Mobile Welding Trailer. The trailer will be finished later this semester. Northwest Technology Center utilized a $150,000 Lottery Grant from the State of Oklahoma for this project. The Mobile Welding Trailer will allow NWTC to provide training to companies directly at their business location. It will also add new opportunities for full-time program students in the Welding Technology program.
In the spring of 2020 when Oklahoma schools transitioned to virtual training, the staff at Northwest Tech adapted and delivered instruction virtually. Since August, NWTC has been primarily delivering in-person instruction at both the Alva and the Fairview campuses.