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First United Bank Recognized

Paul Bass of First United Bank receives the Gordon Cooper Technology Center Rocketman Run High Volume Participant award from GCTC Superintendent Marty Lewis. First United Bank was a presenting sponsor for this year’s Rocketman Run.
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Year-End Staff Awards

YEAR-END STAFF AWARDS - Year-end staff awards were presented by Supt. Marty Lewis at a nice luncheon today (May 23).
Teacher of the Year went to Lisa Johnson, Health Careers instructor at the GCTC Seminole Campus.
Non-Certified Teacher of the year - Trilbya Anderson, EAGLE Program.
Adult Programs Person of the Year - J Lowden, Postsecondary Counselor.
Support Employee of the Year - Ashley Rodgers, receptionist.
Supt. Marty Lewis was recognized upon his retirement after 14 years service.
Five years service - JoAnne Quantz, Joni Stanley, and Jamie Crouch.
Ten years service - Becky Ponder, Jerrye Nipper, Neisha Haskins, and Aimee Harden.
Fifteen years service - Veronica Wallace.
Twenty years service - Cynthia Coomer, Jeana Shrum, Kimi VanAntwerp, and Marc Chapman.
Thank you GCTC employees for all you do for students and the school!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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GCTC Veterans Day Assembly

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE - GCTC students and staff paused to honor all who have served in the U.S. military. The GCTC Veterans Day observance was held Monday morning. Keynote speaker Sen. Jason Smalley told students, "Our nation is built on the service of veterans." Sen. Smalley recounted his service in the Marines and encouraged students to consider the "amazing opportunities" available through military service. Even though this is a time of political division in our country, we can all take time to thank veterans, he said. Prior to the keynote address, children from the Shawnee Early Childhood Center led the Pledge of Allegiance along with several recitations. The children were directed by Rosanna Wassana. An ensemble of GCTC staff members led by Carolyn Daugherty vocalized the national anthem. The colors were posted by American Legion Post 16 Commander Jim Comrey and Tony Litherland. Here are some photos.
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HAAS Foundation Donation

HAAS FOUNDATION DONATION - GCTC Precision Machining instructors Elliot Shuler and Dempsey Taylor join their Computer Numerical Control and Conventional Machining students to pose with a check for $18,000 in front of a HAAS five-axis CNC machine.
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