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Annual Frederick Campus Hamburger Cookout!

More than 100 HS students and their parents attended the annual Hamburger Cookout at the Frederick campus.  Students and their families enjoyed grilled burgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings, and were given the opportunity the meet instructors and tour the facilities. The awarding of prizes and one-to-one previews of GPTC career education programs […]

Great Plains Business Development Center taking shape!

Know a prospective incubator tenant? Tenants will soon begin moving into Great Plains new Business Development Center (business incubator).  Great Plains Director of Maintenance, Jack Whiteman, said tenants will likely start moving in early February after addressing the standard construction “punch list” practice of finishing a “final punch list” starting in late January.  Business Development […]

Night of Welcome

Great Plains welcomed students and families at the annual Night of Welcome. The event offered students and families the opportunity to meet with the instructors and fellow classmates in a relaxed and fun-filled atmosphere. The evening featured games, grilled hot dogs, sodas, watermelon and ice cream. Plus everyone walked away with great GPTC swag. Approximately […]

Great Plains Technology Center Staff Win Awards

Two Great Plains Technology Center staff members came away from the 49th Annual Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education (OKACTE) Summer Conference August 1st and 2nd award winners. Valerie Fink, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Career Guidance Award, for her exemplary contributions as a counselor and mentor for the students of Great Plains’ School […]

Great Plains Technology Center Named Gold Star School for 11th time

Great Plains Technology Center was named a Gold Star School for the 11th consecutive year at the 49th Annual Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education (OKACTE) held in Oklahoma City, August 1-2, 2016. The Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers developed criteria for the Gold Star School Award establishing technology centers as exceptional in service […]

Combination Collision Technology Students Win Grants

  Three Great Plains Technology Center Combination Collision Technology students each won $4,500 tool grant scholarships from 3-M and the National Collision Education Foundation.    Not pictured is student Russell Cook.  Wright, Johnson and Cook are military veterans.   All three students plan to enter the automotive collision repair industry.  England said no other schools in […]

Fortney and Bailey named to lead Great Plains.

Clarence Fortney, a 1977 graduate of Great Plains Technology Center, became the school’s seventh superintendent on July 1st.  Fortney succeeds Dr. Tom Thomas who retired on June 30th. Fortney attended Great Plains welding program as a high school student. He was a teacher’s aide for the welding program and was the lead welding instructor before […]


Great Plains welding instructor Allen Bellamy will teach a special, daytime pipe-fitting/welding class starting May 31st.  The class will also provide a “jump start” for adults who want to apply for Great Plains full-time, day time Welding Class that begins in August.   For more information phone Great Plains Student Services at 250-5535.    Class hours […]


Nearly 900 students who are pre-enrolled for their first year at Great Plains starting in August (and their parents and family members) enjoyed “Dinner with the Teacher”, April 28th.    Relationship building activities highlighted the evening as parents were paired with Great Plains instructors while current GPTC students welcomed the prospective newcomers.  Parents said they appreciated […]


Great Plains Technology Center’s “Frigates” team had the fastest plane at the 2016 Oklahoma State University Speed Fest Championship at Stillwater.  The Frigates’ plane named “The Thrill” hit 60 mph shattering the previous record of 51mph.  The Great Plains team also won the competition’s “Best Airplane Build” based on its construction quality and innovation.   The […]