Students districtwide gather food for area families in need

Students enrolled in the Health Careers program at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Cowan Campus near Yukon wanted to make a difference for families in need this Thanksgiving.

The morning and afternoon classes put together 18 full dinners ensuring several area families have turkey, dressing and sides to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Recipients were selected by faculty and staff and included high school and adult students’ families and others across the district area that also includes the Holt Campus in Yukon and the Chickasha Campus.

Gov. Fallin Aide Eyes Mentor Match Program As a Best Practice

CHICKASHA – Governor Mary Fallin dispatched one of her top aids to Canadian Valley Technology Center on Monday with the goal of finding and exploiting best practices as they relate to her Oklahoma Works initiative.

The emphasis was the centerpiece of Fallin’s recent State of the State address in which she noted that Oklahoma does not have enough skilled workers to meet the workforce demands of companies statewide.

Mentor Match Year Two Launches at CV Tech

CHICKASHA – They came from all walks of life to campus this week.

A photography studio, an architectural firm, a packing company, a bank, a trailer manufacturer, a machine shop, an auto dealer and many others.

Representatives from each industry gathered at Canadian Valley Technology Center as a show of solidarity for the school’s Mentor Match program.

It was the first meeting between mentors from area businesses and mentees from the CV Tech student body.

Students Honor Veterans For Service

Students waited patiently in long lines to shake hands with Canadian Valley Technology Center staff and adult students who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during observance of Veterans Day on Wednesday.

The school held ceremonies at all three of its campus sites. Ceremonies included the flag salute, national anthem and explanation of the reason we celebrate this day.

Veteran’s Day is observed each Nov. 11 at the school to honor current and past American service members for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice.

Winters Announces Energy Mall Concept

OKLAHOMA CITY – North of Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno Campus lies a 20-acre tract of undeveloped land that has historically been leased to a wheat farmer.

Soon, a first-of-its-kind energy mall will occupy the space, said Dr. Greg Winters, CV Tech’s superintendent.

“This will be industry driven,” Winters told several hundred people gathered Tuesday for the Governor’s Energy Conference at the Cox Convention Center.

“We’ve received commitment of services and of equipment to help get us started.”

CV Tech Organizes Collaborative Training That Results in Big Cost Savings

CHICKASHA – Ryan Posey admits he scooted to the edge of his chair when recently offered the potential to reduce employee downtime and eliminate substantial product waste.

Posey is president of Chickasha-based HSI Sensing, an employee-owned company of 200 people who manufacture tiny switches used in things like implantable medical devices, hearing aids and aerospace products and other things.

CV Tech Robot Team Takes First Place, Qualifies for State Competition

EDMOND – Pre-Engineering students from Canadian Valley Technology Center captured first place at a regional VEX Robotics competition on Saturday.

The victory vaults the team into the state competition in March at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

VEX Robotics is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 12,000 teams from 33 countries playing in over 1,000 tournaments worldwide.

The robotic challenge promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (or STEM).

CV Tech Promotes National Disability Awareness Month

YUKON – October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Project Search staff invited community business members to learn about local resources for families and individuals with special needs regarding living skills and employment opportunities.

A pancake breakfast last Friday at Canadian Valley INTEGRIS Hospital was keynoted by Wayne Pittard, executive director of Wings, an area community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Holt Auto Body Students Restoring 16-year-old Ford Mustang

YUKON – If these wheels could talk.

A ‘99 Ford Mustang recently rolled into the body shop at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Holt Campus. The engine runs, but showroom freshness is years in the rear view.

Hail dents ran from hood to tail. The back window was busted out. For added curb appeal, the front and back bumpers were held on with duct tape.

The car is a class project for students enrolled in Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Auto Body Technology program.

Cowan Campus Career Expo Gives Students Glimpse Into Area Businesses, Colleges

YUKON – A career expo featuring area businesses and college representatives is planned for sixth through 12th graders on Nov. 5 at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Cowan Campus.

The come-and-go event, from 6-8 p.m., is an opportunity for students and parents to do exploration into programs at CV Tech’s newest campus, said Campus Director Greg Taylor.