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Two Great Plains Surgical Technology students serving on HOSA!

For the first time in Great Plains Technology Center history two of its students are serving simultaneously on a statewide student organization.! Kyle Carroll and Anthony Scales, both Great Plains Surgical Technology students, were elected to the Oklahoma chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), an international student organization created to promote career opportunities […]

Janey Johnston Scott makes generous contribution for the purchase of Automotive Services Technology.

Janey Johnston Scott, daughter of the late Julius “Ju Jonhston” an original board of education member at Great Plans Technology Center, who served from 1970-1976,  contributed a $25,000 gift to the technology center Automotive Services Technology program earlier this month.  The funds were earmarked for the purchase of automotive technology.  Building 400 on the Lawton […]

Tillman County Emergency Services named Great Plains “Partners for Progress” Award Winner for 2017

The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education, (OKACTE) and the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers (OATC) named the Tillman County Emergency Services as Great Plains Technology Center’s “Partners for Progress” Award Winner for 2017. John Noel, Great Plains Director of Adult Career and Development, said that Ralph Washburn who directs the Tillman County Emergency […]

STEM preparing students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Thanks to a multitude of state, regional and national programs and initiatives, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines are growing in popularity. Cameron University is committed to such initiatives, with approximately 40 percent of CU degree programs falling under the STEM “umbrella.” Cameron graduates who earn degrees in these areas are primed for […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]