Meridian Technology Center
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|Meridian Technology Center|
|Meridian Technology Center|
|District Mailing Address||Meridian Technology Center
1312 S. Sangre Rd.
Stillwater, OK 74074
|Website||Meridian Technology Center|
|Superintendent & CEO|
|Dr. Douglas R. Major|
Meridian Technology Center 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. In a typical year, more than 11,000 individuals will take classes, including customized business and industry training. The school's mission is to provide customized education and training services for individuals, industries and communities.
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.
Programs take between one and two years to complete. High school students split their day between their home high school and Meridian Technology Center. 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
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Automotive Technology, Biomedical Sciences, Business Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Electrical Technology, Health Careers, Health Informatics, Information Support & Networking Systems, Masonry, Pharmacy Technician, Precision Metal Fabrication, Pre-Engineering Academy, Product Development and Machining, Residential and Commercial Construction, Welding
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.
Meridian Technology Center participates in Cooperative Alliance agreements with Northern Oklahoma College and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, students are eligible for college credit toward an Associate of Applied Science.
Professional and personal interest courses
Meridian offers nearly 100 personal interest courses each semester, year-round. This ranges from computers to health to the culinary arts. Classes are available on Meridian’s campus or online.
Meridian Technology Center provides services to assist businesses and organizations through the Business and Industry Services division in the areas of computer training, industrial and technical skills training, staff and management development, and safety training. Companies often see the benefits through cost savings, greater efficiency, growth in employee skill level, increased productivity and increased sales. All training is customized for the business ranging from the objectives to the location to the time.
Entrepreneurs looking to start their business can connect with the Center for Business Development through consulting and coaching, business incubation or networking and education events. The facility offers built-in entrepreneurial support services and executive office and light manufacturing space.
Meridian Technology Center Foundation
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.
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