Pre-Engineering Program Expansion Offers STEM Education to More Students

AUGUST 18, 2016

CHICKASHA – A new school year has dawned at Canadian Valley Technology Center, and along with it the school’s newest program makes an appearance on campus for the first time.

CV Tech’s Pre-Engineering was launched last year as an embedded program for sophomores at Chickasha High School.

This year, the 13 juniors enrolled in the program will spend half their school day at CV Tech’s Chickasha Campus with instructor Julia Cook.

Sophomores will remain offsite in the embedded program at their high school.

Mixer Truck Donation to Provide Diesel Students More Skills

August 17, 2016

YUKON – Upon first glance into the diesel shop at Canadian Valley Technology Center, the casual observer would see only a cement mixer truck.

But it’s much more.  

The large ready-mixed concrete truck is a symbolic bridge uniting a for-profit company with a public school, which by its very nature trains a skilled workforce to fill specific industry needs.

It’s All About the National Board Exam for Nursing Students

July 23, 2016

CHICKASHA – Taylor Smith and Taylor Parham share a name. They also recently shared a classroom. The two have similar work ethics and a passion to help others.

They also took vastly different paths to arrive at the same place.

Smith, 24, of Rush Springs, and Parham, 20, of Chickasha, both recently completed the Practical Nursing program at Canadian Valley Technology Center.

Parham completed several months ago and has been working at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany. Smith takes her national board examination next week.

Tandem Wins Gold at National FCCLA Competition

July 18, 2016

YUKON – In a week of firsts, Brianna Adams reached the pinnacle.

First plane ride. First time to tip a driver. And first time to compete on a national level. Through it all, she came up golden.

Known to friends as “Breezy,” Adams and fellow recent Mustang High School graduate Kailey Irwin swept through the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competition in San Diego.

There as representatives of the Early Care and Education class from Canadian Valley Technology Center, Adams and Irwin will interminably be known as national champions.

CV Tech Receives Gold Star Award For Sixth Consecutive Year

June 8, 2016

EL RENO – For the sixth consecutive year, Canadian Valley Technology Center has been recognized as a Gold Star School by the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers.

The award is the highest honor bestowed on a technology center each year, and CV Tech was recognized for the 14th time in its 46-year history.

Free Rescue Training Benefits Rural, Volunteer Firefighters

June 7, 2016

YUKON – Tom Durante has replayed the scene is his mind many times.

A vehicle crashes in rural Oklahoma. People are trapped inside twisted metal.

Minutes count for motorists in such life and death scenarios and for the volunteer firefighters who routinely face such realities in the remote bergs and towns across the state.

Durante is Canadian Valley Technology Center’s district safety coordinator. He and Dick Lowe, industrial coordinator at CV Tech’s Chickasha Campus, organized the top-notch training.

Winters, Bradley Honored By Oklahoma Association of School Administrators

June 7, 2016

EL RENO – For the second time in three years, Canadian Valley Technology Center Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters has been named District 20 Oklahoma Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year.

CV Tech’s Bill Bradley was also honored as District 20 OASA Assistant Superintendent of the Year. Award winners are selected by their peers for the regional honors.

Winters, 63, of Piedmont, soon enters his 42nd year as an Oklahoma educator. He has worked at CV Tech since 2008.

Callahan Retiring After 30 Years on the Job at CV Tech

June 1, 2016

CHICKASHA – Diana Callahan cannot remember how many trips she has taken on a school bus. She still sees bright yellow in her dreams.

For 25 years, she drove high school students from both Amber-Pocasset and Tuttle to and from Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Chickasha Campus.

The bus gig led her to enroll in a class herself at Canadian Valley in the mid 1980s. After she dropped students off, she took her place in the Business Office Technology classroom. At day’s end, she hopped back aboard the bus and took students back to their schools.

Hope Abounds Three Years After the Storm at CV Tech

May 31, 2016

EL RENO – Christie Green had been watching weather reports all day. She was well aware the forecast included a high risk of severe weather in central Oklahoma.

As her workday drew to a close, the severe storm watches changed to warnings. The atmosphere looked unpleasant on an otherwise common and muggy mid-80s day in late May.

Green left work at 5 p.m. with one eye on the road and the other on the angry sky.

Barrett Credits Grandparents for Helping Him Graduate Through Project Connect Program

May 20, 2016

YUKON – The light turned on for Kaleb Barrett. Maybe not as quickly as he hoped, but there is no turning back.

Barrett, of Minco, admits the journey getting to that point was chock full of pitfalls.

“Two years ago, I wasn’t in a very good state of mind,” he said. “I was staying out too late, constantly getting into trouble and had no direction.

“I didn’t know where I was going with my life or what I was going to do. I was missing a lot of school and starting to fail my classes.”