Last week, the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center (SOTC) hosted twenty local high school teachers for what they called Teacher Technology Days. It was an incredible opportunity for teachers to learn from the instructors about some new and older programs that were being offered through the technical college including the following: Medical Office Administration, Construction, Industrial Machinery, CAD, Heavy Equipment Operations, Auto Collision, Diesel Mechanics, Biotechnology, Math, Cybersecurity, PN Select, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nursing Assisting, Medical Assisting, Biotechnology, Welding, HVAC, Robotics, Media Animation, Graphic Design, and Horticulture.
The program’s universal 1-year commitment with guaranteed certification upon graduation is something SOTC has intended to prepare students for a job in each of the respective fields as soon as possible. At the end of the program, students can earn Adobe Certifications in Graphic Design, State Administration and National Certifications in Medical Administrative Assisting, CPR/First Aid Certifications in Nursing Assisting, OSHA-10/EPA 608 Certifications in HVAC Tech, and a National Institute Metalworking Skills Certification, just to name a few.
Possessing the proper certifications alongside the work experience that most industries look for offers students the opportunity to make anywhere upwards of $15 to $25 per hour in an entry-level position depending upon the field they choose to go in. As a result of the fasttrack programs being offered, the curriculum is rigorous. However, the passion and uncompromising commitment these instructors have to the success of their students was palpable in how willing they were to support and encourage us novices who, like me, had no previous knowledge before setting foot on campus.
Due to their guidance, each teacher was able to jump right in and feel confident about getting a hands-on educational experience through the many simulations and projects that were done, which made those two days of learning, not only effective but enjoyable for everyone.
“This is absolutely incredible! Dalton is going to love it here,” Rebekah Knowles, the Special Needs teacher at Ardmore High School, said excitingly anticipating her own son’s participation in the Media & Animation program come Fall of 2022.
These programs are not only just available to high school students, but they are open to the community as well. In fact, in the Fall of 2023, SOTC will be offering Adult Basic Education to support anyone pursuing continued education in obtaining their GED. I was thoroughly impressed with the workforce and personal development opportunities that are offered to each student that chooses to enroll, and highly recommend taking classes if you are able. For more information about the programs offered, tuition, and enrollment opportunities feel free to visit https://sotech.edu/ or reach out directly to Dianna Boeckman the Student Services/Program Director at SOTC.