Canadian Valley Tech Honored as a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year

Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters

December 11, 2017

EL RENO – Every year that a list of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces has been produced, Canadian Valley Technology Center has been among the very best.

For the fifth consecutive year, the school has received the distinction of an Oklahoma Top Workplace. No other educational entity has been recognized as often, and no other mid-size organization has received the distinction all five years.

The latest findings were released Sunday, following an independent survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics, a Pennsylvania-based company that partners with publishers across the county to produce Top Workplaces lists.

Findings are published in The Oklahoman newspaper each December.

CV Tech, which opened in 1970, operates three campus sites in the west and southwest Oklahoma City metro areas.

The school placed 13th this year in the mid-sized classification that is comprised of organizations with at least 125 employees and not more than 349. Canadian Valley was listed No. 1 in 2013, third in 2014, and 10th in both 2015 and 2016.

“We are blessed to have a very positive employee culture and great staff who love and support one another,” CV Tech Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters said. “I think a big part of our success is attributed to the fact that we all come to work each day with the desire to be better than we were the day before. That sets you apart as special and unique.

“It is the result of nearly 250 people in our organization who make student success our top priority. We have an unending mission to educate a workforce so that companies in our area can prosper and strengthen our economy.”

Each year, Workplace Dynamics surveys roughly two million employees nationwide, who are representative of more than 6,000 companies. Surveys assess fundamentals of the company, including values, execution, leadership and culture.

CV Tech is one of 29 Oklahoma technology center districts, which were once known as area vocational-technical schools or more commonly as vo-techs.

Technology centers were established in the late 1960s at a time when high schools lacked ample space and funding to provide educational skills training for high school juniors and seniors.

Technology centers operate under the umbrella of a statewide network called Oklahoma Career Tech (headquartered in Stillwater). Each technology center district is governed by a locally elected board of education. Funding is provided primarily through a percentage of ad valorem (property taxes).

CV Tech offers full-time programs at campus sites in El Reno, Chickasha and in Yukon.

Classes are provided tuition-free to anyone under age 24 who lives within district boundaries and who meet reasonable attendance and behavioral expectations.

Additionally, CV Tech offers a variety of short-term courses for those who want a fast track to a new skill or a career. CV Tech also provides a Business and Industry Services division, which provides affordable, customized training for area businesses.