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Northeast Tech Practical Nursing students Ashlie Barnes from Salina, Heather Dean form Ochelata and Chelsea James from Claremore practice their skills using new equipment purchased with a grant from the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation.
Pryor Nursing program buys new equipment with grant funds
Northeast Tech’s Practical Nursing program at the Pryor Campus was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation. The funds were used to purchase several new pieces of equipment for the lab.
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Oologah student Katy Coshatt performs a multipoint inspection on a vehicle as part of the hands-on activity during the Jobs for the Girls event at Northeast Tech’s Pryor Campus
Girls in Rogers and Mayes Counties encouraged to pursue auto service careers
Twenty high school girls visited Northeast Tech’s Pryor Campus last week for a special event designed to educate them about the career opportunities available in the automotive service industry. Known as, “Jobs for the Girls,” the event not only gave the students an inside look at the auto service program at Northeast Tech, it also allowed them the chance to test their skill on vehicle maintenance.
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Students in Northeast Tech’s EAST Program learn project management skills by taking on community service projects. Once such project involved helping the SafeNet Services organization with its Painted Rock Project to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
EAST students showcase projects to community and recruit new students
The Environmental and Spatial Technology program, better known by its acronym – EAST® – may have one of the longest names of all Northeast Tech’s programs, but Instructor Brook Easton can sum up the program in two words: project management.
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Superintendent's Message

The impending walk-out of teachers across the state of Oklahoma also has the potential to affect the daily operations in our district. I’ve received several questions as to how we will respond to the potential walk-out, and based on the information currently available, our district’s course of action will be to remain in session for the following reasons:
  1. Many of our students receive federal financial aid (i.e. Pell Grants or VA benefits) that have attendance requirements. Any pause in daily operations on our part would negatively impact these students and derail the training they are receiving.
    Some of our programs, specifically cosmetology, have seat-time regulated by a State Board. Again, any pause in our daily operations would negatively impact these students.
  2. Several of our sending school districts calculate their academic year by hours, but our year is calculated in days. As a result, we do not have the leeway to add time to our days in order to meet the instructional time requirements. Any closure on our part would require us to add days to our instructional calendar, which leads to the next point.
  3. Our instructors are employed on 10-month contracts. Our last day of school is currently scheduled for May 22, leaving six additional days to make up lost time. Should the walk-out last longer than six days, our school year would stretch beyond the May 31 mark, leaving us without instructors and lost instructional time. Failure to meet the required instructional hours can negatively impact our accreditation status with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career & Technical Education and the U.S. Department of Education.
  4. By remaining in session during the walk-out, we provide a safe, structured environment for those students whose sending schools are closed. We will continue to provide transportation to and from their sending school pick-up locations, and absences will be treated with leniency, just as we do those who operate on a four-day week during the year.
  5. In addition to the high-school students we serve, conducting training for local businesses and industries is also a major potion of our daily operations. We must also consider the negative impact our closure would have on the hundreds of hours of safety training, business development consultations, and other customized training scheduled for delivery to these customers.

The campus directors and I continue to have conversations with our partner school superintendents, many of whom have indicated their intent to remain open during the proposed time frame of the statewide strike. However, this situation is constantly evolving, and our course of action will need to be responsive as new information arises. If it is necessary for our district to take a different approach than what is outlined above, that information will be communicated with you in a timely manner.

Keep up the good work! 


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