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Date: Jul 22
8 AM – 5 PM
Location: Industry Shop - G-50

Preparing people for success in the workplace, education, and in life.

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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First United Bank Recognized Featured Photo

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.
Year-End Staff Awards Featured Photo

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!
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.


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