Great Plains VEX Robotics Team bested more than 500 other teams from around the world and won the INNOVATE Award at the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship held in Louisville, KY. Both Great Plains teams engineering notebooks were also recognized as among the top six. The INNOVATE Award is presented to a team that demonstrates a strong combination of ingenuity and innovation in designing their VEX robot. Trecia Karinshak, Pre-Engineering instructor and head coach of the teams said the INNOVATE Award truly exemplifies thinking “outside the box” and presenting a soundly crafted engineering design.
Pictured from left: Rebecca Farrow, Andrew Noland, Donovan Farrow, Dillon Reece, Cyber Security Instructor Wes Sloan, GPTC IT Director Kevin Chambers, Von Royal and Rebecca Fowler.
Congratulations to Wes Sloan and the Great Plains Technology Center Cyber Security Forensics program. Representatives from Alias Forensics and OneNet presented the program a $1000 check. The funds were raised during the recent GPTC Cyber Security Conference, and will be used to help offset the cost to send two students to the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference, and with future student activities, contests, and exam fees.
Alias Forensics is a top tier certified digital forensic and incident response (IR) company located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Alias Forensics provides digital forensic services for computers, mobile devices, GPS, and assists with the electronic discovery (e-Discovery) process. OneNet is the comprehensive digital communications initiative of Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Oklahoma’s only statewide internet service provider.
Students accepted into Great Plains Technology Center’s high school career majors completed their admissions process by signing an official Letter of Intent to attend Great Plains for the 2018-2019 school year during the second annual Signing Day events at both the Frederick and Lawton Campuses. The Frederick campus held its Signing Day on April 26th, while the Lawton campus held its event on May 1st.
Similar to events associated with athletics, Signing Day activities solidified the students’ commitment to Great Plains Technology Center, as well as Great Plains ’commitment to the students and their families. Students, family members and high school representatives were invited to celebrate and help welcome the new students who made the decision to combine career and technology education at Great Plains with their high school experience.
Great Plains students (l-r) Tony Ponce, John Todd Wallace, Francesca Young, Austin Nguyen and Andrew Gonzales qualified to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship
Still standing! Nineteen Great Plains Technology Center students qualified to compete at national or world Career Technology Student Organization skills and leadership contests. Qualifiers got to this point by winning at district, regional or state competitions. Five Pre-Engineering students competed for the VEX Robotics World Championships. Great Plains VEX team was one of only 60 teams (out of more than 800 teams) that qualified to compete for the VEX Award of Excellence. Great Plains VEX Robotics competitors are John-Todd Wallace, Tony Ponce, Andrew Gonzales, Austin Nguyen and Franchesca Young.
Three members of Great Plains Business Professionals of America (BPA) will compete May 9-13 at BPA’s national contest in Dallas. Jason Nayak and Bryan Lavender will compete in Computer Security and Michele Pierce will compete in Graphic Design Promotion.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) will take the spotlight on June 27-30—competing at nationals that will also be held in Dallas.
HOSA students and their contests are: Jennifer Sengstock and Christina Lee—Surgical Technology CERT Team; Alyssia Penstock-Owen and Vickie Larson, Veterinary Science; Patricia Meza, Clinical Specialty and Cassandra McWhorter and Elizabeth Dodd, Surgical Technology Forensic Medicine Team.
The Skills USA National contest will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 25-29. Lilly Conn and Terrance Hooks will represent Oklahoma and Great Plains in Computer Internetworking and Collision Damage Appraisal respectively.
The Family Care and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will wrap up the national contests on June 28-July 2. Amira Trim and Arnold Farias will represent Oklahoma in Applied Math for Culinary Management.
About 150 Great Plains students began the contest season earlier this year by competing at the local or district levels.
Silver-Line Plastics manager Tim George accepted the award that was presented Thursday at OKC. Silver-Line and Great Plains partnership is absolutely, mutually beneficial. Silver-Line has opened its plant for GPTC tours, (Wow! is it clean and smooth operating). It’s also spread the word about the quality of training it has received from GPTC. Great Plains ongoing training includes safety and professional development. Congrats to Tim, the Silver Family and team.
High tech embroidery and laser imprint machines are constantly humming these days at Affinitee Graphics as production has steadily increased for the five year old company. It’s Affinin-t-e-e as in t-shirts. Custom imprinting or embroidering shirts is the core product at Affinitee—with a state-of-the art production facility in Apache and a showroom in Lawton. Owners Katrina and Matt Thompson say high quality product and customized service is what makes Affinitee Graphics unique among promotional clothing businesses. Affinitee’s success has not gone unnoticed at the state level as the company was named Oklahoma’s Young Entrepreneurs of the Year. Affinitee Graphics is also a client of Great Plains Technology Center’s Economic Development Center—staffed with professionals who will work to help any business grow its profits and operate more efficiently. Morgan Gould with Great Plains says the E-D-C offers a full menu of services to assist businesses.
More than 14-hundred sophomores from Great Plains Lawton campus partner schools experienced “Tech Showcase” on November 28-30. Each student participated in hands-on activities in two programs of their choice. (Click here to view high school programs/videos). “Showcase is about helping empower high school students to make the right choices about career education and their futures”, said Joelle Jolly, Director of Student Support Services. “These personal hands-on experiences elevate career awareness among our visiting sophomores”, she said. “They also help Great Plains work toward its primary goal of getting the right student enrolled in the right program for the right reason.” Jolly added that students are given an enrollment application before they leave Tech Showcase. Her staff of counselors will personally interview all high school applicants for the 2018-2019 school year at Great Plains.
Great Plains “Showcases” 21 Career Tech programs to 14-hundred visiting sophomores! (Click here for more)
Great Plains Discovery Zone introduced more than 1,400 fifth graders to eight different career areas. The students from Lawton Public Schools (and several other Great Plains partner schools) discovered how to make slime in Biomedical Sciences, lift a fingerprint in Criminal Justice and listen to their hearts by using a stethoscope in the Health Class. Students spent 15 minutes in each of the eight areas. Discovery Zone is one of several career awareness activities sponsored by Great Plains including a summer camp (Career Connections) for sixth, seventh and eighth graders and Tech Know Zone for eighth graders. The two week long Tech Know Zone will be held at the Lawton campus in late October.