CV Tech Grad Discovers Merging of Two Passions in Science, Engineering

YUKON – Efren Silva hopes his painting days are over.

He enjoyed time alongside his father on commercial painting jobs in the area for many years. But he is setting aside his brush and roller in order to save lives.

While engaged in a passion for science as a high school junior and senior in Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Biomedical Sciences program, he discovered a bent toward engineering.

Turns out there is a very specialized degree field that has merged the two.

CV Tech Mentor Match Program Changing Behaviors, Lives

CHICKASHA – A few months ago, Michael Kashay was searching for an outlet to put to use all the new skills he had acquired.

The Amber-Pocasset High School senior loves shooting videos and had some free time after school.

Kashay was asked to consider participating in a new mentoring program at Canadian Valley Technology Center, where he is also enrolled in Digital Media Technology.

“I was nervous about it,” he admits. “I went into it not knowing what to expect.”

CV Tech Receives $15,000 Grant for Accessible Van

YUKON – Marti Brown feels as though she’s just been granted a wish.

She opened an email a few days ago to discover that Project SEARCH, the program she directs for students with significant disabilities at Canadian Valley Technology Center, has received a $15,000 federal Carl Perkins Disability Services Project grant.

The funds are earmarked for the purchase and equipping of an accessible van for student transportation.

“I was amazed,” Brown said. “I’m never speechless, but we’re incredibly excited about it.”

Enrollment finalization is near

CV Tech opens in just days for the 2015-16 school year. But one critical step remains, called enrollment finalization. It’s mandatory for all students.

Cowan, Holt or Church of Christ campuses:
10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17-18.

Chickasha Campus:
Noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, Seminar Center.

CV Tech is Gold Star Award Recipient for Fifth Straight Year

TULSA – Canadian Valley Technology Center has been recognized again as a Gold Star Award recipient by the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech.

The award is the highest honor bestowed on a technology center each year, and CV Tech was recognized for the 13th time in its 45-year history.

The Gold Star program recognizes technology center districts that have met rigid and demanding criteria demonstrating a high level of excellence in terms of completion rate, placement rate, capacity and others.

Lowe Named President-Elect of OkACTE, Wins Leadership Award

TULSA – Ask Dick Lowe what he does as an industrial coordinator at Canadian Valley Technology Center, and he will instead tell you what he is.

“I am the liaison between students and industries in our area,” he said.

Lowe, of Amber, has had a great week. At the annual Oklahoma Career Tech Conference at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, he was elected to serve a one-year term as president-elect of the Oklahoma Association for Career and Technology Education (OkACTE). He will then serve as president in 2017

CV Tech Adds Pre-Engineering This Year at Chickasha High School

CHICKASHA – So you wanna be an engineer?

The road includes a slew of decisions, not the least of which includes advanced placement courses that will help jockey for position at the best colleges.

Now there’s another local option to cover critical steps leading up to engineering school.

A unique partnership between Chickasha High School and CV Tech begins this year. CHS sophomores who are interested in an engineering career can enroll now in CV Tech’s new Pre-Engineering program, and the first year of the three-year program will be taught at the high school.

CV Tech Surgical Technology Students Win National Gold Medals

CHICKASHA – Not so long ago, the idea of career training was an afterthought for Ashlea Alexander. Then came high school graduation in 2012.

Like many, she chose to enroll in college classes, which she said did not hold her interest. Instead, Alexander, 21, of Chickasha, enrolled in Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Surgical Technology program.

She attended tuition-free through the school’s Next Step Scholarship program that is offered to adults under age 24 who live within district boundaries.

CV Tech Students’ Paths Paved with National Gold Medals

YUKON – On the road to completing coursework to become a licensed practical nurse, Nikki Hasty had an encounter with Greek mythology.

She and three other Canadian Valley Technology Center students discovered the Midas touch at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) national championships in Anaheim, Calif.

Hasty’s team won a national gold medal in Biomedical Debate.

“It was nice to see all of the hard work and long hours of studying pay off,” she said.

STEM Camp Offers School-Aged Youths Early Exposure to Science, Math

YUKON – Elementary and middle school students are getting a crash course in foreign language this week at CV Tech’s Dr. Earl Cowan Campus.

It’s not Spanish, French or Italian but is certainly “Greek” to most.

“I’m learning Arduino today,” said Yukon seventh grader Korban O’Daniel.

For the record, Arduino is a microcontroller circuit board. O’Daniel is learning how to use one for a robot he is building at CV Tech’s inaugural STEM Camp.