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Gordon Cooper Technology Center is a public career and technology education center located in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the intersection of Interstate 40 and State Highway 18. It is part of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education system. The school is named for Gordon Cooper, an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the seven original Mercury astronauts, the first manned space program of the United States. Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. He was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission and was the last American to be launched alone into space. In 1965, Cooper flew as command pilot of Gemini 5. The school was founded in 1968 and serves around 1,000 full-time students and has over 15,000 short-term enrollments annually.Since opening in 1970, GCTC has gained a reputation for excellence, and is viewed as one of the nation's premier educational and training institutions. Gordon Cooper has been recognized as a Gold Star school eight times since the year 2000.

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Public Safety Center Groundbreaking Featured Photo

Public Safety Center Groundbreaking

Ground Breaking A large gathering of community leaders, school officials, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel broke ground on the Marty Lewis Public Safety Training Facility Friday morning at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. GCTC School Board President Gary Crain told the crowd that the decision to name the new building in honor of GCTC Superintendent Marty Lewis referenced his administrative capability that fostered a culture of united purpose and commitment to serve people of this area. As a retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol supervisor, Crain said providing the latest and best training for emergency responders can make the difference between life and death in a critical situation. “Leaders in this area worked with the technology center without division on the common goal of making our communities safer,” he said. Supt. Lewis, who plans to retire at the end of June, gratefully acknowledged the support his family received from emergency responders when his son was involved in a tragic, fatal accident on the Turner Turnpike in 2010. “The police, firefighters and paramedics of this area deserve our respect and the best education and training we can provide for the future and existing emergency workforce,” he said. The $5 million facility adjacent to 45th Street and the GCTC south entrance is set to house training for area high school students and working law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. The more than 20,000 square feet facility includes four classrooms, a paramedic training lab, firearm simulation room, driving simulation room, workout space, large meeting room, fire training tower and additional water features for fire equipment. Construction is scheduled for completion in December.
Mother Daughter Stem Night February 12, 2019 Featured Photo

Mother Daughter Stem Night February 12, 2019

Hosted by the GCTC Pre-Engineering Academy, At this event, girls spend an evening with a female role model who supports and encourages them to take on challenges and develop new interests. This opportunity is designed for girls ages 7-14 who are interested in math, science, and technology. Event includes hands-on activities, panel of female STEM professionals, and a tour of robotic lab. Ticket cost covers the participation of girl & her mentor, girl t-shirt, event materials, and light snack. Girls will be grouped by grade, so each should bring their bring their own mentor or they will be grouped with a high school volunteer. REGISTRATION RECEIVED AFTER FEBRUARY 6 WILL NOT RECEIVE T-SHIRT.
Perry Selected for Superintendent Post Featured Photo

Perry Selected for Superintendent Post

The Gordon Cooper Technology Center Board of Education voted Tuesday night to select Bob Perry to be the next superintendent effective July 1, 2019. Supt. Marty Lewis recently announced plans to retire effective June 30, after 14 years in that capacity. The GCTC Board of Education conducted a statewide search and interviewed several candidates for the position before unanimously concluding that Perry is the right person for the job, Lewis said. Perry, who currently serves as assistant superintendent, started work for GCTC in 1995. Lewis said he plans to work closely with Perry during the next six months to ensure a smooth transition. “I feel I’m as knowledgeable about the school and the needs of area communities as I can be. I think I’m well prepared to lead this school into the future and make a positive difference in the lives of our students for years to come, Perry said. “I’m honored that this board has put their faith in my abilities to continue the good work going on at this school. We will continue to embrace a culture of innovation and continuous improvement as we strive to effectively serve more area people,” he said.

Facts

  • fact 1$15.75 Average Starting Wage of Graduates
  • fact 2300+ Businesses Served in 2017-18
  • fact394% Positive Placement Rate