Press Releases

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. Mr. Taylor was one of the original six instructors hired by GPTC in 1971. He taught Drafting for six years […]

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 […]

GREAT PLAINS’ CYBER SECURITY FORENSICS PROGRAM RECEIVES CHECK

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 […]

Instructional Vehicles Purchased with Johnston-Scott Contribution

Automotive Service Technology instructors Michael Thomason and Allen Whittaker know how to stretch a dollar.  They were able to take a $25,000 contribution to the program from Janey Johnston-Scott, couple it with a small expenditure from the school and turn the funds into two instructional vehicles.  Both instructors felt strongly that the newer vehicles, (both […]

Business Development Center – Formally Open

Great Plains formally opened its business incubator, the Business Development Center on Friday, May 4th. A standing-room-only crowd showed up to celebrate completion of the 28,000 sq. ft. facility, Southwest Oklahoma’s newest business incubator. The Business Development Center is an attempt at “do-it-yourself” economic development. Its goal is to take fledgling firms and provide space […]

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 […]

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CELEBRATING 100 GRADUATING PN CLASSES AND 2,000 GRADUATES! GPTC’S FIRST LPN CLASS IN 1971.

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 […]

PARA – PROFESSIONAL TESTING NOW AVAILABLE

  Great Plains Technology Center is now an authorized testing site for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Para-Pro assessment.  Visit www.ets.org/parapro 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 […]