Magazine article Techniques

Central Technology Center

Magazine article Techniques

Central Technology Center

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CENTRAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER, WHICH IS PART OF THE OKLAHOMA CAREERTECH SYSTEM, SERVES more than 30,000 students at its campuses in Drumright and Sapulpa. In addition to offering more than 150 full-time and short-term classes, with certifications and licensures available in most areas of study, the center also provides customized business and industry training to more than 500 area businesses. Central Tech is proud of its high ranking in job placement for graduates-93 percent placement for students entering the workforce or continuing their education-as well as its Gold Star School of Excellence Award in technology education, which it has received since its inception, now totaling 25 consecutive years. The school, which is also a part of the Southern Regional Education Board Technology Centers That Work network, celebrated its 45th anniversary in February 2015.

As is typical of a technology center that is part of the Oklahoma career tech system, Central Tech recognizes industry trends, as well as the needs of business and industry in the state, and adapts its training to meet those needs. The school's Mechanical Engineering Systems program recently changed its name to Electromechanical Systems-a change Central Tech notes better reflects what the program offers through its multiple disciplines. The Electromechanical Systems program is a combination of electronics, electricity, pneumatics, mechanics and robotics.

In a press release announcing the name change, instructor Joe Carter explains, "It's a [program] built to teach students industrial automation and industrial technology. There's such a need for industrial maintenance mechanics out in the field; they're aging out, and so they're just desiring more and more young hands to get in. ..."

Both high school students and adult students may enroll in the Central Tech Electromechanical Systems program, which offers a variety of career major options. The Electrical/Electronics Maintenance Technician and Electrical Maintenance Technician Assistant career majors are designed for individuals seeking a career in maintenance in a manufacturing environment. In the Electronics Assembler major, students learn to read engineering drawings and electronic schematics and to assemble electronic products. …

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