Meridian Technology Center

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Meridian Technology Center
Meridian Technology Center
Meridian Technology Center
District Mailing Address Meridian Technology Center
1312 S. Sangre Rd.
Stillwater, OK 74074
Website Meridian Technology Center
Phone (405) 377-3333
Superintendent & CEO
Dr. Douglas R. Major

Meridian Technology Center provides customized education and training services for individuals, industries and communities.

Meridian had its beginning as Indian Meridian Area Vocational-Technical School in July 1973. In August 1975, classes began with 13 daytime programs and staff of approximately 30. In 1994, the school was renamed Meridian Technology Center. In addition to serving high school students and adults through full-time Career Training Majors, short-term Professional and Personal Interest courses served 1,635 students in the first year. The facility, located on 70 acres in Stillwater, Oklahoma, began with 92,000 square feet and now encompasses more than 200,000 square feet.

The school has grown to more than 70 career training majors with nearly 700 students enrolled in this area alone. Over the course of the year[when?], more than 11,000 individuals will take classes, including customized business and industry training.

Meridian Technology Center is part of a network of 29 career technology centers across the state through the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Since 1975, Meridian has been training individuals for the workplace. A wide variety of course offerings include Career Training, Professional and Personal Interest, Online Classes and Business Solutions.

The Meridian Technology Center district covers parts of Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Pawnee and Payne counties, encompassing more than 900 square miles. The district includes residents in communities served by the following school districts: Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater.

Student Focus[edit]

Programs take between one and two years to complete. High school students split their day between their home high school and Meridian Technology Center. Morning classes are held from 8:10 - 11:00 am while afternoon classes are from 12:40 - 3:30 pm. Transportation is provided to high school students at no cost. Adult students may attend either a half or whole day at Meridian, depending on how quickly they wish to complete their studies.

Full-time Career Training Areas[edit]

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Automotive Technology Biotechnology Business Technology Clinical Lab Assistant Collision Repair Technology Computer Aided Drafting Cosmetology Culinary Arts Digital Media Electrical Technology Health Careers Health Informatics Information Support & Networking Systems Masonry Pharmacy Technician Power Sports Technology Precision Metal Fabrication Pre-Engineering Academy Product Development and Machining Residential and Commercial Construction Welding

Student Organizations[edit]

Student organizations are available to all Meridian Technology Center students. Meridian Technology Center offers five organizations for student involvement: Business Professionals of America; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Health Occupations Students of America; SkillsUSA and National Technical Honor Society.

Cooperative Alliances for College Credit[edit]

Meridian Technology Center participates in Cooperative Alliance agreements with Cowley College, Northern Oklahoma College and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and allows students to earn college credit toward an Associate in Applied Science. Students participating in the Cooperative Alliance program are responsible for meeting college requirements and completing the admission process before college credit is granted. Credit is not automatic.

Professional and Personal Interest Courses[edit]

Meridian offers nearly 100 personal interest courses each semester, year-round. Classes are available on Meridian’s campus or online.

Business Solutions[edit]

Meridian Technology Center provides services to assist businesses and organizations through the Business and Industry Services division.

Entrepreneurial Services[edit]

Meridian Technology Center Foundation[edit]

Established in 1985, the Meridian Technology Center Foundation was designed to assist in the advancement of educational and training opportunities for individuals attending Meridian Technology Center. This support is done by securing private donations to provide financial assistance for students.

Oklahoma Technology & Research Park[edit]

Meridian Technology Center is one of three partners in the Oklahoma Technology & Research Park. The OTRP is located next to Meridian’s campus and is an emerging knowledge center and high-value business destination for knowledge-based companies.[citation needed] The other partners are Oklahoma State University and the city of Stillwater.

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