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NW ConnectED “Industry Tours for Educators”


NW ConnectED “Industry Tours for Educators” is a cooperative effort of representatives from 20 Northwest Oklahoma counties. This group includes employers, workforce specialist, and educators from public schools, CareerTech, and higher education. The mission of this group called NW HIRES (“Helping Individuals Reach Employment Success”) is to connect employers, workforce, and educators to amplify employment and educational opportunities for students in Northwest Oklahoma. This year’s event is the first of many to come through the efforts of NW Hires!

Participants had the opportunity to meet with Jennifer Miller of Oklahoma Economic Development Association, Steve Crank of OK Employment and Security, and Amanda Wills of Community Development Support Association in addition to Jimmy Stallings, President / CEO / Principal Engineer of ENVIROTECH, Engineering and Consulting, Inc. Industry tours offered participants the opportunity to tour the facilities and learn of the many career opportunities available to students of NW OK. Tours conducted were at US Gypsum at Southard and Great Salt Plains Health Center in Cherokee.

Educators participating are: Troy Hutchinson – Fairview, Stephanie Ewald – Fairview, Tim Argo – Alva, Katie Strehl – Freedom, Lindsey Headlee – Cherokee, Linda Rauh – Canton, Gina Bohlen – Ringwood, Vicki Ewbank – Fairview. Alex Mantz of the Alva Chamber of Commerce along with Northwest Technology Center representatives: Daren Slater, Colt Shaw, Jane Harris, Steve Kliewer, Charlotte Hadwiger, Dr Gerald Harris, and Sharee’ Madsen.

Certified Welders

Industry Credentials


Industry certifications, credentials, and licensures are essential to the success of students in every workforce area. NWTC has established a goal that all career major students will earn at least one industry certification that has been aligned to the student’s career major. Certifications include, but are not limited to: ASE, Department of Labor Welding, Health certifications and licensures, ProStart.

WorkKeys Credentials


The ACT WorkKeys Assessment is administered to all full time students attending NWTC.  Results from WorkKeys scores are utilized to assess student performance, strengths, and validate student skills relating to industry standards.  NWTC utilizes the skill standards for Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied Mathematics to measure and provide a baseline of data reflecting career readiness in core skills deemed critical for job success.

Watson Completes CareerTech Tech CAP


Automotive Technology Center Instructor, Bobby Watson completed The Technology Center Administrator VIII (TechCAP VIII) Program on Friday, May 12, 2017.  TechCAP provides opportunities to individuals in the CareerTech System to establish, continue or advance their technology center administrative careers and increase their knowledge of the CareerTech System.
Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, including how technology centers help prepare Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education and in life. Participants also network with administrators and other content experts from across the state, gain hands-on experiences in the different functions of the technology centers and visit technology centers around the state. All projects and agenda items incorporate a superintendent’s or a campus director’s point of view.

Participants selected for TechCAP must be employed by a technology center or the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech, be a current or potential technology center or skills center administrator and attend eight scheduled leadership activities, including one additional attendance requirement at a State Board of CareerTech Education meeting. 

Bobby Watson attended the Automotive Technology Program at Northwest Technology Center in Alva from 1999 – 2001.  Mr. Watson has been employed by Northwest Technology Center since January 2005.  He holds a M.Ed., from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, in Educational Leadership, and has met competency certification requirements for Secondary Principal and Superintendent.

Congratulations to Bobby Watson!

HOSA Students Qualify for Nationals in Orlando, FL

NWTC has a large representation of HOSA students from the Alva and Fairview campuses that have qualified for National HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL. Students representing NWTC are in the Health Careers, Biomed, and PN programs. The National HOSA Conference will be held June 21-24, 2017.

Biomed, Fairview student Erin Cusack will be competing in Medical Law and Ethics. Instructor Shawn Cusack.

Heath Careers, Alva students are Rachel Becker, Stefanie Belt, Karlee Dietz, Crissa Edstrom, Jennifer Edwards, Brooklyn Faison, Calissa Fouts, Rochelle Galindo, Trishia Rodgers, and Maira Zuniga. Rachel Becker, Stefanie Belt, Karlee Dietz, and Trishia Rodgers will be competing as a PSA team. Crissa Edstrom and Maira Zuniga will be competing in the Emergency Medical Team event. Competing in individual events are: Jennifer Edwards – Personal Care, Brooklynn Faison – Health Career Photography, Calissa Fouts and Rochelle Galindo – Life Support Skills. Instructor Brooke Meyer.

Health Careers, Fairview students are Alicia Peterson and Laura Randall. Alicia will be competing in Nursing Assistant and is being recognized for the National Service Project Merit award. Laura will be competing in Research Persuasive Writing and Speaking and taking the Health Care Issues exam. Laura is also being recognized for the Barbara James Merit award. Instructor Debra Button.

Practical Nursing students representing NWTC are Chelsea Head, Jesus Arizmendi, Christopher Hill, Jentry Lancaster, Rustin Murrow, Maria Ramos, Sarah Reed, Carla Smart, and Katy Tanio. Jesus Arizmendi and Jentry Lancaster will be competing in the Health Career Display Team event. Christopher HIll, Rustin Murrow, and Maria Ramos will be competing in the PSA Team event. Chelsea Head an dSarah Reed will be competing in the Medical Innovation team event. Competing in individual events are: Sarah Reed – Healthcare Issues exam, Carla Smart – Knwledge test: Pharmacology, and Katy Tanio – Clinical Nursing. Instructors Diane Duffy and Tara Thomas.

Biomed Student Competes at International Science and Engineering Fair


Fairview Biomed student, Kenny Goddard  represented NWTC at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angles, CA May 14 – 19, 2017. Kenny competed in the Biomedical and Health Science category. Kenny had the opportunity to present his project ‘Identification of Remains’ to the other participants and instructors.

While at the conference, one of the activities Kenny participated in was at the Maker Station collaborating with Maaya and Riya from Virginia to build a rocket.

Congratulations to Kenny for a strong competition! Instructor Shawn Cusack.