CKTC hires new BIS Director

December 20, 2016 Susan McElhaney No comments exist

CKTC’s board members recently selected Dr. Joe Ely (pronounced e-lee) of Blanchard, Oklahoma, to lead CKTC’s Business and Industry Services department. Ely began his duties as the new BIS Director in late November.


CKTC’s New BIS Director

"I believe Business and Industry Services is a vital part of the economy," said new BIS Director Joe Ely.
“I believe Business and Industry Services is a vital part of the economy,” said new BIS Director Joe Ely.


Over the years, Ely has visited CKTC’s campus many times. He said the center has always impressed him with a deep-rooted culture in education and services to the district.


A Strong History

“There is a strong history in the CareerTech system of providing education to several generations. To equip parents and children alike with viable trade skills is a sustainable cycle. It is an ongoing gift to the communities,” said Ely. “What’s more, each technology center in the state is structured in such a way to have a substantial buzz and a community feel that is representative of its district. My belief in the CareerTech system along with my experiences with the established culture of success at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center is what cemented my decision to apply for and ultimately accept the BIS Director position.”


Moreover, Ely’s experience as a 20-year educator and administrator coupled with his extensive experiences at the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech proved he was a good fit for the team at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. Most recently, he served as the Regional Director for the Skills Centers Division at ODCTE where he was accountable for managing a statewide budget, providing leadership to instructional and support staff across the state and ensuring the statewide curriculum was current with Business and Industry needs.


Over two decades ago, Ely began his career in education as a teacher/counselor for Youth Habilitation Center in Norman, Oklahoma. From that time, he said he knew he wanted to be a part of something that was always evolving and shaping futures.


A Little Oasis

“My first impression of CKTC from many years ago was that it is a little oasis – a best-kept secret if you will. To me, it’s an example of tried and true teaming up with vision and direction.”


Superintendent Dennis Ruttman said he is confident Ely will take an already successful BIS department to new heights.


“I am sure Joe will be an asset to our campus,” said Ruttman. “His track record of work within CareerTech and education is proven. I cannot wait to see what he does for CKTC.”


For almost half a century, CKTC has provided career training, business and industry services and leadership programs to a rural district in southwest Oklahoma. Opportunities at CKTC range from business and health to science and transportation trades. Additionally, CKTC offers customized workplace training and short-term training. More information about CKTC is available online at or by calling 405.643.5511. CKTC is a proud member of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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