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Apache Farmer’s Coop Receives Partners for Progress Award at 2021 OkACTE Awards Banquet

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center is pleased to honor the Apache Farmer’s Coop as their Partner in Progress. Apache Farmer’s Coop is comprehensive service center handling a complete line of products for today’s farmers and ranchers. Headquartered in Apache, Oklahoma, it is the leading agricultural industry provider in the Caddo Kiowa district. Apache Farmer’s Coop is a progressive and dynamic business dedicated to agricultural sustainment, environmental care, client satisfaction, and employee stewardship. 

The long standing partnership between the Coop and Caddo Kiowa Technology Center provides extensive outreach in community education, short term trainings, client based services, ag business management, and safety training. 

Apache Farmer’s Coop sends numerous employees to the Caddo Kiowa Crop Care Professional program. The Crop Care program trains for the complexities of modern pesticide and fertilizer services. The program develops awareness of product safety, environmental oversight, and precision ag application. This Crop Care Professional program significantly impacts Apache Farmer’s Coop’s safeguard practices, job retention and customer relations. 

Above: L to R: CKTC Superintendent Tony Hancock, CKTC Ag Business Management Coordinator Keith Brownback, Apache Farmer’s Coop Agronomy Manager, Dennis Crow and CKTC Business & Industry Services Director John Noel at the 2021 OkACTE Awards Banquet.

Caddo Kiowa Tech Center’s Truck Driver Training Program is another proven relational partnership. Not only do graduates seeking CLD employment get hired by the Apache Farmer’s Coop, but the Coop sends select employees through the program for career advancement.

The Apache Farmer’s Coop believes in employee growth. The Washita Valley Leadership Program enriches local leaders through mentorship, team building, governance, youth and education, area agriculture, and economic development. The Apache Farmer’s Coop has been an avid supporter of the leadership program since inception 26 years ago, providing support through educational tours, informational sessions, and sponsoring employee attendance.

Apache Farmer’s Coop began in 1920 and have been in service for over 100 years. They have grown to service four sites in southwest Oklahoma, employing more than 40 full time employees. The Apache Farmer’s Coop is a strong supporter of the local FFA programs, and aim to provide for the community through providing revenue, jobs, and foundational support. 

CKTC Employees Win OkPACE Awards


Above: Dale Lewis and Shawn Freie

Oklahoma Post-Secondary Career Education (OkPACE) announced its 2021 award winners at its annual conference in April. Caddo Kiowa Technology Center brought home two of the six awards presented.

Shawn Freie, Small Business Management Coordinator, was awarded the OkPace Economic Development Award for her work with TetherTech USA. This award recognizes the individual or collaborative team efforts who creatively provide assistance relating to business start-ups, entrepreneurship, expansion and retention, and job creation.

TetherTech Safety, USA is housed in CKTC’s Business Incubator, under the direction of Freie. With more than 16 years’ experience in small business management, and as the first in SW Oklahoma to be Incubator Certified, Freie was able to provide TTS with the direction, assistance, and facilities needed to launch their successful business. TetherTech Safety provides a product to protect against tractor trailer wheel-off incidents, using a thick steel cable running through the axle tube and tethered to a pair of wheel-end caps. This design prevents the wheel assembly from separating in the event of a bearing failure. Freie works diligently with her clients assisting in the expansion and advancement of this lifesaving product.

Dale Lewis, Director Truck Driver Training, received the OkPace Innovation Award for the creative training partnership with CHS Cooperative in Frederick, Oklahoma. This award recognizes the most unique and innovative individual or collaborative activity which took the nominee beyond the normal scope of business and industry service.

Lewis developed a one of a kind training for CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative. CHS places workers from South Africa who have their I-94 work Visas with local farmers who need assistance during harvest. Lewis arranged for CKTC’s award winning truck driver training program to educate CHS workers to achieve a Certified Driver’s License (CDL). This training program put successful and highly qualified CDL drivers to work for numerous farmers in SW Oklahoma.

Freie and Lewis will represent Oklahoma Post-Secondary Career Education nationally at Vision in December. Vision is the annual conference of the national Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

CKTC Biomed continues partnership with Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at OU

CKTC Biomedical Sciences is excited to continue their partnership with the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

For the last two years, CKTC students have been exposed to university professors and lab opportunities through a program called Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a 5 year research grant to this program which will allow our students to participate in a summer internship on the OU campus as well as provide scholarship dollars for students choosing to pursue a degree major in a STEM related field.
This opportunity is only available to CKTC Biomedical Science students.

CKTC PTA Students Assemble Amtrykes

In February, PTA students at CKTC learn about PT and pediatrics. As a part of the class, they learn about the therapeutic uses of equipment, which include the Amtryke. The Amtryke is a customizable therapeutic tricycle that is designed to successfully allow any child or adult the ability to ride a bike by improving strength, endurance and flexibility. It also allows them to simply have fun.

"I feel that if my students can understand the role of the Amtryke and build one, they can make the proper requests, assessments, adjustments and accommodations as a licensed PTA for any of their clients" said PTA instructor Aimee Carter.

Carter also stated "With the help of AMBUCS, I have personally contributed in giving nearly 300 Amtrykes to deserving children, adults, and Veterans. I have performing Amtryke trainings to therapists throughout the country. In addition to this, I also serve as the advisor for the Junior AMBUCS fo Lawton chapter for area high school students. We have over 20 high school students and meet on a monthly basis. We do our own fundraising by making homemade salsa and provide assistance to all 3 AMBUCS chapters in Lawton. Our last trip was in Pittsburgh, PA where we worked on a house for Habitat for Humanity and help present nearly 50 Amtrykes. My goal is to inspire the next generation of therapists to think outside the box as well as participate in community service."

AMBUCS is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to inspire independence and mobility. This is performed as an organization by providing scholarships for therapists, making the Amtryke available and safe in addition to constructing ramps at homes and businesses. The first Amtryke was inspired and built by a physical therapist in the 1990’s by the name of Sue Haywood, whom spoke to CKTC PTA Students before assembly of the Amtrykes began.