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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.

Gordon Cooper Technology Center is one of 29 Career and Technical education options within Oklahoma 's globally recognized Career Tech System. GCTC serves an area in East Central Oklahoma covering approximately 3 counties and serving the communities of Asher, Bethel,  Bowlegs, Butner, Chandler, Cromwell, Dale, Earlsboro, McLoud, Macomb, Maud, Meeker, New Lima, Paden, Prague, Seminole, Shawnee, Strother, Tecumseh, Varnum, Wellston, and Wewoka.

GCTC is an accredited institution offering educational opportunities for

  • High School Students
  • College-bound Students
  • Career Changing Adults
  • Career Advancing Adults
  • Business & Industry
  • Local Communities

The campus at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, houses 26 full-time programs that serve approximately 800 high school students and adults annually. The school also serves approximately 4,500 individuals annually through short-term classes and customized training.

Our Motto

Excellence in all we do.


Provide innovative and quality learning opportunities preparing people for success in the workplace, in education, and in life.

Our Vision

To be the premier provider of training and services; leading to empowered citizens, thriving families, vibrant communities, and economic prosperity.

Our Guiding Principles

Will our idea or decision:

  • Positively impact more customers and/or increase the organization’s capacity to do so?
  • Contribute to the organization’s ability to provide high demand and high wage opportunities for the customer?
  • Allow the organization to serve the customer more efficiently and/or effectively?
  • Provide a long-term benefit to the customer?
  • Better prepare and/or equip the staff to provide the best training, education, and services for the customer?