GREAT PLAINS ACD RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FROM FORT SILL

In recognition of its training effort in supporting Fort Sill’s Air Defense, a certificate of appreciation was formally presented to Mike Ferguson-Adult Career Development (ACD) Coordinator, John Noel-ACD Director, and Karen Bailey-Deputy Superintendent September 14th. Making the presentation was Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Hemingway and Command Sergeant Major Giancarlo Macri. CW3 Hemingway is the instructor of the Warrant Officer Basic Course and Macri is the Command Sergeant Major for the 2-6 Air Defense Artillery Battalion at Fort Sill. Friday marked the final day of a five-day Net+ Prep training course. This is the first time the training has been conducted on our campus. Great Plains Technology Center has provided CompTIA National Certification Training in A+, Net+, and Sec+ courses to the Air Defense for the last couple of years. Certification testing is also conducted at Great Plains. Furthermore, Great Plains is in the process of developing a pilot IT Fundamentals program that will benefit AIT students who are a part of Air Defense as well. The pilot program will start in October.

First Ken Taylor Memorial T&I Scholarship

Great Plains presented its first Ken Taylor Memorial T&I Scholarship today to HVAC student Brandon Strange-pictured second from left. Kay Taylor represented the family. Also pictured are HVAC instructor Zach Sale and Superintendent Clarence Fortney.

Great Plains presented its first Ken Taylor Memorial T&I Scholarship today to HVAC student Brandon Strange-pictured second from left. Kay Taylor represented the family. Also pictured are HVAC instructor Zach Sale and Superintendent Clarence Fortney.

Great Plains presented its first Ken Taylor Memorial T&I Scholarship today to HVAC student Brandon Strange-pictured second from left. Kay Taylor represented the family. Also pictured are HVAC instructor Zach Sale and Superintendent Clarence Fortney.

Mr. Taylor was one of the original six instructors hired by GPTC in 1971. He taught Drafting for six years and served as principal for 30 years. We are privileged to honor Ken Taylor’s life of service to thousands of students. We also wish Brandon the best in his future education and career.  Contributions to the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation funds the $1,575.00 scholarship.  To read more about the scholarship presentation please visit the Lawton Constitution web site for a story reported by Josh Rouse: https://swoknews.com/local/great-plains-awards-scholarship-memory-director

Surgery Robot Demonstration at Surgical Technology Open House October 10th

The Da Vinci Portable Surgery Robot will be demonstrated at Great Plains Surgical Technology Program’s Open House, Wednesday, October 10th in the Health Careers Building (700). The Open House will also give prospective students an opportunity to learn about Surgical Technology as a career and about the application process for Great Plains full-time Surgical Technology program.

 

High School Student Aim High with Great Plains’ Project Lead the Way/STEM Courses

Pre-Engineering instructor Marcia Brown and student Franchesca Young discussing robotics project.

Pre-Engineering instructor Marcia Brown and student Franchesca Young discussing robotics project.

Biomedical Science and Medicine

If you’re thinking of a career as a physician, nurse, forensic scientist or biomedical technican and you’re creative, motivated and inspired, Biomedical Science and Medicine could be the springboard you need for college success. You’ll solve problems, make discoveries, create projects all while utilizing teamwork and displaying leadership.

Through the exciting Project-Lead-the-Way curriculum, students will learn with hands-on projects and experiences. Topics will include bio-informatics, human medicine, and an in depth study of the human body. Students will also study advanced math and advanced science courses that will provide them with the strong math and science foundation needed to be prepared to enter a college/university program in a science related field.

This is a three-year academy with students starting their sophomore year in high school. It is an academically intense, project-based program focusing on the biomedical field. Students will be able to test for college credit through AP courses and successfully transition to post-secondary.

Pre-Engineering

Envision yourself helping create the next generation of smart phone, designing an office building, space shuttle, or suspension bridge. Welcome to the world of engineers, a professional that will make the most of your analytical and academic skills.

Great Plains’ Pre-Engineering program in an intensive three-year academy that enables the student to look at different types of engineering as well as emphasizing higher academics. Students in this major will study pre-engineering through Project-Lead-the-Way curriculum that will introduce them to the concepts and principles of engineering and there will be a strong emphasis on developing problem solving skills.

Students will also study advanced math and science courses that will provide them with the strong math and science foundation needed to be prepared to enter a college/university program in a science related field.

For information about Biomedical Science and Medicine or Pre-Engineering, visit with your high school counselor or call Great Plains Student Services at 580-250-5535, or follow https://greatplains.edu/high-school/high-school-career-courses/

Learn Mobile App Development Fundamentals


Great Plains Technology Center will offer a series of classes in mobile app development. The first in the series, “App Development Fundamentals: Learn to Code,” will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9 p.m. September 4th through December 6th. In this introductory course students will learn what it takes to create a mobile app. Fundamental coding concepts using real Swift code will be taught. Students will begin thinking like an app developer using an interactive app on tablets provided. Successful completion of this course will prepare students for the second course in the series, “App Development Course,” which will be offered later in the school year. For more information or to enroll, contact Adult Career Development at 580-250-5500.

Motorcycle Rider Courses this Fall


Great Plains Technology Center will offer the Basic Rider Course, sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). This course covers the basic fundamentals of motorcycling. Students will receive step-by-step instructions on how to safely ride a motorcycle. Successful completion of this course satisfies the DOD MSF card requirement. It waives the Oklahoma written and driving test to obtain the motorcycle  “M” endorsement on their license. Students 14-17 must have their legal guardian attend the first session to sign a consent form. Anyone under the age of 18 must by law, complete an MSF course to get their “M” endorsement on their license. Training motorcycles are provided. Fall courses will be taught in September and October. Classes meet on a Friday from 6-9 p.m., plus Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or to enroll, contact Adult Career Development at 580-250-5500.

MEET, GREET, AND COMPLETE Event Thursday, August 9th from 4-7 p.m

second annual MEET, GREET, AND COMPLETE event Thursday, August 9th 2018Principal Kirk Mullenix is ready to greet new and returning high school students at our second annual MEET, GREET, AND COMPLETE event Thursday, August 9th from 4-7 p.m. in the Worley Seminar center located in Building 300. Students will meet their instructors and fellow students; get their supply lists; complete forms; get their ID card; have the chance to win door prizes. We’ll see you there!!

Great Plains Students Capture Innovative Award at World Championship

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.

GREAT PLAINS’ CYBER SECURITY FORENSICS PROGRAM RECEIVES CHECK

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.

Nearly 350 high school students commit to attend GPTC for the 2018-2019 school year by signing an official Letter of Intent.

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.