Press Releases


What career program would you like to see Great Plains offer at its Tillman-Kiowa County campus at Frederick next school year?  The tech center is currently surveying residents and conducting focus groups to help answer that question.  Due to low enrollment the Frederick campus dropped the Executive Administrative program at the end of the 2015 […]

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 […]

More than 200 attend August 11th groundbreaking ceremony for Great Plains Business Incubator.

Great Plains took its next step in fostering economic development in its district on August 11th when it broke ground on a 29,000 square feet business incubator.  The facility will house and nurture small business entrepreneurs, who are engaged in light manufacturing, service businesses, commercial food production or commercial arts.  The goal for each client […]


Digital photography

Enjoy this fun class while picking up tips to make you a better photographer. Understand lighting, composition, your camera settings, creative techniques and more.  30 hr class. 5/11-6/15 M/W 6:30-9:30 PM. Cost: $99.00.


When it comes to teaching licensed nurses to perform the tasks necessary to enter the workforce, a lot has changed in the past 20-50 years, but Great Plains Technology Center has stayed true to its goal of providing a most pragmatic education for its students. The current practical nursing group slated to graduate in May […]


  Great Plains Technology Center is now an authorized testing site for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Para-Pro assessment.  Visit for more information. The ParaPro Assessment measures the reading, writing and basic math competencies of practicing and prospective paraprofessionals. In accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act, the ParaPro Assessment can be used […]

Pre-Engineering Fair, August 23rd, brings students and engineers together

High school students from across southwest Oklahoma will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the diverse engineering profession at Great Plains “SW Oklahoma High School Engineering Career Day”, August 23rd.  Great Plains Pre-Engineering instructor Trecia Karinshak is coordinating the event that will feature engineers from several specialty areas including, mechanical, petroleum, aeronautical and civil.  […]