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.
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.
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.
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.
The Gordon Cooper Technology Center LPN program is visiting several partner schools and providing vitals sign screenings for school staff. We are excited for the opportunity to help our partner schools make health and wellness a priority.
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.