The eighth house built by Great Plains Technology Center Building Trades students is now for sale. The 16-hundred square foot home features three large bedrooms and two baths and is “tricked out” from to bottom. Upgrades include top tier granite, laminated wood floors, energy efficient vinyl windows, extra insulation lifetime vinyl shingle siding, stacked rock entry, top-line fixtures, plus a walk-in pantry and walk-in closets.
“This project is the ultimate “real world” instructional experience for building trades students”, said Clayton Snodgrass, Great Plains carpentry instructor. “This is a student based project from concept to completion and is probably the best house we’ve ever built”. The house has about 18-months from the design phase to the final phase of completing a punch list touch ups. “It reflects the real world in that carpenters, electricians, painters, HVAC technicians and other are all involved in the house’s construction”, Snodgrass said. He estimates about 100 Great Plains students participated in building the house.
“If the sale of the house generates a profit those monies provide scholarships and activities for Great Plains students”, said Glen Boyer, Executive Director of the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation. “It’s proven to be a very worthwhile project”, he added. The non-profit GPTC Foundation finances construction of the house as part of its mission of supporting the technology center and its mission of preparing students to successfully enter the workforce.
Great Plains’ Student Built Houses, including this house, are built on a special stem wall that was constructed at the technology center’s Lawton campus. This allows students to spend more time learning “hands on” the job and less time traveling if the house was built off campus.
HVAC student Gage Phelps spoke for most students in regard to their experiences in building the house when he said, “we can instantly see the results of our work and it’s a way to make the classroom learning come alive”.
When the house is sold the new owner will be responsible for moving the structure to its new location. All of the houses have been moved pretty flawlessly according to Boyer. They’ve all relocated to rural locations across Southwest Oklahoma. He says the process is pretty simple. First the buyer must have land on which to locate the new house. The buyer then simply has their concrete contractor build a stem wall identical in size to the one on which the latest house now sits. A moving company moves the house from the Lawton campus to the new location and sets the house down on the new stem wall. It then is assessed as a genuine, permanent piece of real estate. Boyer stresses this is not a modular home. All of the utilities are “stubbed out” under the house so hook-ups are simplified for water, sewer and electricity. The technology center can help identify moving companies and contractors.
The 16-hundred square foot house is priced at $52 per square foot or $83,200. “You just can’t find a house this size and in this price range that has so many upgrades and this quality of custom craftsmanship, Boyer added. To see the home or to learn more phone Boyer at 580.250.5603 or 580.917.1910 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several high school students embarked on a new initiative within their Great Plains Technology Center program…entrepreneurship awareness. This seven module program exposed students to the concepts of business ownership and management. The students who completed the program during the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year, were presented certificates of completion from GPTC’s Small Business Management Coordinator, Lynn Null-the entrepreneurship awareness co-coordinator, and GPTC Superintendent Clarence Fortney. A new group of students will take part in the awareness program during the second semester.
Oklahoma’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Donna Gradel, was the featured speaker at the Great Plains Technology Center Scholarship Luncheon, November 1st. A science teacher, Gradel is now in her 30th year of teaching, the last 23 of which have been at Broken Arrow High school where she teaches Innovative Research and Environmental Science. “Today’s students want to fix the world,” she said, “they have a strong sense of purpose and they want to fix problems they feel are important.” Gradel says she likes to present real-world problems and challenges her students to find solutions. “They want to make a difference.”
Gradel’s students have been involved in number of local projects such as cleaning up a pond in local park. They have also been involved with a number of international projects, most notably in Kenya, Africa, where they helped to drill a well in order to supply fresh water to local village, as well as designed and implemented a fish farm and chicken coops in order to allow the village to have a sustainable source for protein.
Gradel said she loves teaching, loves teachers, and acknowledges that teachers teach because they have a passion for teaching, “They care deeply for our children, the children of Oklahoma.”
In addition to raising funds for student scholarships, the luncheon was also an opportunity for Great Plains to honor and thank its dedicated instructors who inspire and change lives every day. Jackie Archer, GPTC Biomedical instructor and 2016 Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year, gave the invocation; and Nancy Howell, lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Howell is GPTC’s Advanced Firefighter instructor and 2013 Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year and a National Teacher of the Year finalist. Special recognition was given to Frank and Donna Richards, longtime supporters of the Foundation.
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.
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
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.
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.
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/
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.