Superintendent Dennis Ruttman announces Retirement

January 30, 2017 Susan McElhaney 1 comment

Superintendent Dennis Ruttman of the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center (CKTC) in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, announced this month that he will retire. The announcement comes after his eighth year of serving the educational institution. Nonetheless, his unwavering commitment and support have started a trend at CKTC that is sure to continue into the next half-century.


Dennis Ruttman announces he’s retiring after 31 years of service in education


Before his stint at CKTC, Ruttman contributed 23 years to education as a teacher, an instructional leader, director and administrator.  Ruttman’s proven ability has pushed CKTC to exceed the goals set by staff during strategic planning initiatives. His leadership in educational currents is nothing short of visionary, flexible and compassionate.


Dennis Ruttman announces he is retiring.
Superintendent Dennis Ruttman accepts the Gold Star School Trophy at summer conference.


“These past eight years at CKTC have been a wonderful experience for my wife, Deb and I. None of this would be possible without a great staff. They are truly one of the best with whom I have ever worked. It has been a privilege. What’s more, I have had a tremendous school board providing the center with remarkable guidance and support. Deb and I are truly blessed and leave with fond memories of our time at CKTC,” said Ruttman.


Better positioned students have brighter futures


Under Ruttman’s leadership, CKTC has given students more opportunities and assistance with achieving career goals down the line. Innovation has become a primary cornerstone of the school’s delivery, and long-term planning has been integrated into every student’s projected future. Above all, CKTC has adapted for the changing job markets and technology, positioning every student with a bright future.


“Over the past eight years, Dennis Ruttman has served Caddo Kiowa Technology Center with dignity, honor and visionary leadership. More students are trusting Caddo Kiowa to prepare them for their next education or workforce opportunity, and they are leaving better prepared for the future. We are growing our partnerships with local businesses and have improved our infrastructure. The board is thankful for Dennis’ leadership and legacy that will benefit students for generations to come. We wish him well in his retirement,” said Board President Dustin Tackett.


Ruttman plans to enjoy retirement with his wife at his side, and a future uncertain, but undoubtedly filled with more opportunities for growth and development.


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.


1 Comment on “Superintendent Dennis Ruttman announces Retirement

  1. CONGRATS!!!! It has been a pleasure working with you!!! You and your lovely wife ENJOY every minute of your retirement!!!

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