CV Tech Graduate Rides Wave of Success to Employment

July 18, 2017

EL RENO – Sharon Harwell started her first real job last week – at least the first one after high school.

Harwell, 18 of Yukon, recalls being asked in her job interview to share about her skills and qualifications.

She was anticipating this moment and relished in it.

Harwell opened a portfolio showcasing a number of accomplishments at Canadian Valley Technology Center that included gold medals in two recent state contests.

Harwell was judged as the very best in Oklahoma. Twice.

She was hired on the spot.

Veterans Resource Fair at CV Tech July 26

July 13, 2017

EL RENO – Organizers are calling the Veterans Resource Fair a free information exchange for active duty and retired Oklahoma veterans and their families.

The fair takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., July 26, at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno Campus, 6505 E. Hwy. 66.

Reherman Hangs Up Cap After 26-year Career at CV Tech

June 27, 2017

EL RENO – There was a time when you could spot them a mile away.

The once familiar but nearly forgotten white cap was a symbol that distinguished nurses in a medical facility.

As time passed, the nurse’s cap gave way to scrubs.

Rhonda Reherman was a holdout.

She proudly wore her white cap until the early 1990s. Patients prefer them, Reherman said, because the cap was a giveaway as to who was in the room with them and because patients desire to build a relationship with their nurse. Their very life could depend on it.

​Students Build Helping Tree as Part of New Library

May 26, 2017

EL RENO – Most people can recall a time in their early childhood when a parent dropped them off for the first time in unfamiliar surroundings.

Deborah White said that experience can be downright terrifying for young children. As the instructor in Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Early Care and Education program, White said the facilities are quite inviting.

The bright colors are attractive to young eyes. All the furniture in each room is age appropriate in size.

Still, something was missing, White said.

Slimp Tabbed as Outstanding Child Development Center Director

May 26, 2017

EL RENO – Bambi Slimp sits in the hub of activity. One of her office windows faces a drop-off point and the other a playground. She literally sits in the middle of it all at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s child development center.

Slimp, 34, of El Reno is the chief communicator with parents as they drop off and pick up their children each day at the school’s top-rated facility.

“I think it’s important for parents to feel comfortable, so I strive to be available,” Slimp said.

Castleberry Retires after 30 Years

May 23, 2017

CHICKASHA – Peggy Castleberry recalls a time several years ago when a student was suffering so badly from an abscessed tooth that his eye was nearly swollen shut.

The boy’s father was on disability from work, and momma was no longer in the home. There was no money to cover a dental visit.

Castleberry found a local dentist who would treat the student for free. Four teeth had to be extracted, and a bridge was put in place. Immediately, the young man felt better and continued with school.

The good ending doesn’t stop there.

Single Mother Among Top Award Winners at CV Tech Graduation

May 12, 2017

EL RENO – Kiersten Williams relocated to the Oklahoma City area last year, leaving behind a bad family situation in Missouri.

A single mother of two children under age 5, she tried to find work to no avail.

An acquaintance told her Canadian Valley Technology Center has a program that could assist her with childcare while she retrained for work.

Williams enrolled in CV Tech’s PIVOT program in November while she awaited an opening in Computer Information Systems, where she planned to retrain for a career.

Chickasha Campus Celebrates Successful Year, Names Foundation Scholars

May 4, 2017

CHICKASHA – Eleven months ago Angelica Herrera’s world was placed on pause by the unexpected closure and bankruptcy announcement of Wright Business College, where she was enrolled in the nursing field.

“What now,” she remembers thinking.

Fortunately, a group of ladies representing Canadian Valley Technology Center reached out to a group of former Wright students, and Herrera had renewed hope. Since childhood, she has wanted to be a nurse.

Spring Plant Sale Returns to CV Tech’s El Reno Campus

April 6, 2017

EL RENO – A new greenhouse full of annual bedding plants awaits visitors to Canadian Valley Technology Center as the school hosts the annual spring plant sale April 13-14.

The greenhouse was relocated to the northeast side of the campus during recent reconstruction. The campus was destroyed by a May 2013 tornado.

Horticulture is a key component of the curriculum in the school’s Service Careers program.

Students do all the work themselves, starting with seeds in the winter. All plants are grown inside the greenhouse and are cared for by students.

CV Tech Quest Day Camps Pair Preteens and Career Exploration

April 6, 2017

EL RENO – Summer preteen day camps in June and July will keep the hallways hopping at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s two area campuses.

CV Tech Quest will feature nearly two dozen class options, including Lego Discovery, Healthcare Highway, PC Gaming & Programming and Digital Photography.

“CV Tech Quest is an exciting way to introduce younger students to careers,” said Canadian Valley’s Jeremy Eaton, who serves as campus director at both sites.