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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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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.

Facts

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