Apache Farmer’s Coop Receives Partners for Progress Award at 2021 OkACTE Awards Banquet

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. 

CKTC board member John Clay, resigns

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.

Customer Service Excellence Class

In a world where technology is affecting the ability to hold conversations, we risk losing the heart and soul of our organizations – building relationships.

Creating an excellent customer service experience is as much about empathy and emotional intelligence (EQ) as it is about quality and service. Practicing elements related to EQ in customer service engages people working with passion and accessing the intrinsic drive that makes every encounter a centered one.

2020-2021 CKTC Employee Awards

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.

 

 

MEET, GREET & COMPLETE!

MEET, GREET & COMPLETE! Students will be able to meet and greet their teachers and classmates as well as complete their enrollment on Monday August 9 at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center from 9:00am to 7:00pm. Contact us if you have any questions or need further details! #mycktc

CKTC Employees Win OkPACE Awards


Above: Dale Lewis and Shawn Freie

Oklahoma Post-Secondary Career Education (OkPACE) announced its 2021 award winners at its annual conference in April. Caddo Kiowa Technology Center brought home two of the six awards presented.

Shawn Freie, Small Business Management Coordinator, was awarded the OkPace Economic Development Award for her work with TetherTech USA. This award recognizes the individual or collaborative team efforts who creatively provide assistance relating to business start-ups, entrepreneurship, expansion and retention, and job creation.

TetherTech Safety, USA is housed in CKTC’s Business Incubator, under the direction of Freie. With more than 16 years’ experience in small business management, and as the first in SW Oklahoma to be Incubator Certified, Freie was able to provide TTS with the direction, assistance, and facilities needed to launch their successful business. TetherTech Safety provides a product to protect against tractor trailer wheel-off incidents, using a thick steel cable running through the axle tube and tethered to a pair of wheel-end caps. This design prevents the wheel assembly from separating in the event of a bearing failure. Freie works diligently with her clients assisting in the expansion and advancement of this lifesaving product.

Dale Lewis, Director Truck Driver Training, received the OkPace Innovation Award for the creative training partnership with CHS Cooperative in Frederick, Oklahoma. This award recognizes the most unique and innovative individual or collaborative activity which took the nominee beyond the normal scope of business and industry service.

Lewis developed a one of a kind training for CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative. CHS places workers from South Africa who have their I-94 work Visas with local farmers who need assistance during harvest. Lewis arranged for CKTC’s award winning truck driver training program to educate CHS workers to achieve a Certified Driver’s License (CDL). This training program put successful and highly qualified CDL drivers to work for numerous farmers in SW Oklahoma.

Freie and Lewis will represent Oklahoma Post-Secondary Career Education nationally at Vision in December. Vision is the annual conference of the national Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

CKTC Biomed continues partnership with Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at OU

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.

CKTC PTA Students Assemble Amtrykes

In February, PTA students at CKTC learn about PT and pediatrics. As a part of the class, they learn about the therapeutic uses of equipment, which include the Amtryke. The Amtryke is a customizable therapeutic tricycle that is designed to successfully allow any child or adult the ability to ride a bike by improving strength, endurance and flexibility. It also allows them to simply have fun.

"I feel that if my students can understand the role of the Amtryke and build one, they can make the proper requests, assessments, adjustments and accommodations as a licensed PTA for any of their clients" said PTA instructor Aimee Carter.

Carter also stated "With the help of AMBUCS, I have personally contributed in giving nearly 300 Amtrykes to deserving children, adults, and Veterans. I have performing Amtryke trainings to therapists throughout the country. In addition to this, I also serve as the advisor for the Junior AMBUCS fo Lawton chapter for area high school students. We have over 20 high school students and meet on a monthly basis. We do our own fundraising by making homemade salsa and provide assistance to all 3 AMBUCS chapters in Lawton. Our last trip was in Pittsburgh, PA where we worked on a house for Habitat for Humanity and help present nearly 50 Amtrykes. My goal is to inspire the next generation of therapists to think outside the box as well as participate in community service."

AMBUCS is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to inspire independence and mobility. This is performed as an organization by providing scholarships for therapists, making the Amtryke available and safe in addition to constructing ramps at homes and businesses. The first Amtryke was inspired and built by a physical therapist in the 1990’s by the name of Sue Haywood, whom spoke to CKTC PTA Students before assembly of the Amtrykes began.