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.
Above: Caddo Kiowa Technology Center board President, Dustin Tackett presents board member John Clay, with a service award for many years of diligent service to Caddo Kiowa Technology Center.
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center board member, John Clay, a long time farmer in the Carnegie area, announced his resignation from the board at the August 9, 2021 board meeting. Mr. Clay has been one of the longest tenured school board members in the state. He started in July of 1992 and ended 29 years of service in August of 2021 as representative of seat/zone 4.
Mr. Clay served on the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center board through four superintendents, eleven board members and numerous staff. His influence at CKTC has been instrumental in helping the technology center meet the needs of students and patrons in the district. Mr. Clay’s contribution to building projects, campus updates and program changes have all been a foundation in the growth of the school over the years.
Current superintendent Tony Hancock stated “Mr. Clay has been an exceptional board member. He understands the challenges technology centers face in education and the need to provide a growing workforce as we seek to impact economic development in our district. His knowledge, character and overall commitment to excellence will be difficult to replace. He will be missed.”
Board President Dustin Tackett added “It has been a pleasure to serve with John for nearly 17 years. We have experienced a great deal during our time together on the board. His desire to provide a quality learning environment for our district has never wavered.”
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center serves 14 school districts and all or part of eight counties. Along with full-time programs of training for high school and adult students, the technology center provides customized training for business and industry partners and open enrollment classes to meet the needs of patrons all across the district.
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center held their annual employee awards ceremony on Wednesday August 4, 2021 where several employees were recognized for achievements for the 2020-2021 school year.
Above: Felicia Gallegos (Early Care & Education Assistant) was named 2020-2021 Employee of the Year.
Above: Amy Cowan (Early Care & Education Instructor/Director) was named 2020-2021 Educator of the Year.
Above: Reed Allen (Pre-Engineering Instructor) was named 2020-2021 New Employee/Educator of the Year.
Above: Laci McCool (Adult & Continuing Education Coordinator) was named 2020-2021 New Employee/Educator of the Year.
Above: JoLisa Knauss (Student Services Counselor) was named 2020-2021 New Employee/Educator of the Year.
Above: Dylan Young (Communications & Marketing Director) was named 2020-2021 New Employee/Educator of the Year.
Above: Jenna Bruer (Student Services Registrar), McKayla Gregory (Early Care and Education Assistant) & Jason Mindemann (Construction Technology Instructor) were recognized for 5 years of service at CKTC.
Above: Amy Cowan (Early Care and Education Instructor/Director), Alan Cooper (Construction Assistant), Lloyd Warden (Licensed Electrician) & Anita White (Bus Driver) were recognized for 10 years of service at CKTC.
Above: Allison Willis (Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructor), Shawn Freie (Small Business Management Coordinator), Brent Grimes (Physical Therapist Assistant Instructor/Academic Coordinator Clinical Education), Keith Brownback (Ag Business Management Coordinator) & Mandy Bellamy (E-Rate Coordinator/Bursar) were recognized for 15 years of service at CKTC.
Above: Ilisa Allen was recognized for 25 years of service at CKTC.
Above: Charlotte Oswald was recognized for 30 years of service at CKTC.
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.
In an effort to better assist the community with training opportunities, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center launched a new online short-term course platform. This website allows CKTC’s Adult Career Development department to have a larger online presence to serve the district’s educational and training needs.
The goal of the new platform is to provide those interested in training an easier way to learn about CKTC’s short term classes and the exciting opportunities the ACD department has to offer. The new webpage gives better access to the current class offerings, customized programs, enrollment process and ease of finding more information.
“This launch is an exciting time for CKTC in adult education,” said John Noel, Business and Industry Services Director. “This platform is easy to navigate, explains our classes, and is super convenient for enrollment. It has all of the information in one place, which is very important in serving our patrons.”
CKTC’s Adult Career Development department offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. From career advancement courses, hobbies, certifications, to adult basic education, community members can find a class that fits their desired educational interest.
For more information on CKTC’s short-term classes, please visit the site at http://mycktc.coursestorm.com.