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Nursing Staff Attends Trauma Training

Posted on November 28, 2011


Members of the Emergency Room Nursing Staff at Share Medical Center (SMC) attended a two day training entitled Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) during the end of November.  The training was coordinated by Northwest Technology Center and was paid for by an Existing Industry Grant from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE).   TNCC is a series of internationally approved courses that focuses on trauma which is the primary cause of death to persons under age 45.   TNCC presents core level knowledge in the area of trauma.  It helps to refine the trauma nursing skills of its participants and builds a firm foundation of trauma nursing.  Training photo

Included in the photo are four members of the Share Medical Center nursing staff practicing helmet removal during the TNCC Trauma Training at Northwest Technology Center.   Pictured (l to r) include:   Tonya McClary, Shelby Bates, Tammy Blake and Regina Wilson.

The TNCC course is a 16 hour course which is attended by of Share’s nursing staff who are either Registered Nurses(RN) or Licensed Practical Nurses(LPN).    In this class, eleven participants attended and completed the training.  They included: Shelby Bates, Tammy Blake, Carrie Colvert, Jadde Easter, Tonya McClary, Tabitha Nutter, Mary Rose, Nancy Shafer and Regina Wilson, all employees of Share Medical Center.  Also attending were Tara Thomas and Tammy Mustard, educational partners with Northwest Technology Center.  

The course content focused on trauma core skills including epidemiology, biomechanics, mechanisms of injuries, the initial assessment, airway and ventilation, dealing with shock, brain and cranial injury, pyschosocial aspects of trauma care and the transition of care for the trauma patient.   Participants worked through four skill stations, including Trauma Nursing Process Teaching stations, Airway and Ventilation Interventions, Spinal protection, helmet removal and splinting and a physical assessment station.  Both written and skill exams must be passed in order to complete the class. 

According to Regina Wilson, Director of Nurses at Share Medical Center, “Share Medical Center is seeing more and more traumas in our emergency department.  We have to respond quickly and effectively in the treatment of these patients.  This training is critical in furthering our education in trauma based emergencies.”
Wilson also shared, Northwest Technology Center will be assisting with additional nursing training in the near future.  Further, St. Anthony Hospital (Oklahoma City) has scheduled training and education, as well as policy development, to assist Share Medical Center in becoming  a certified stroke center.


NWTC Board Hires New Superintendent

Posted on November 9, 2011


The Northwest Technology Center Board of Education has hired Dr. Gerald Harris as its new Superintendent beginning on January 1, 2012.  Harris has been the Assistant Superintendent at NWTC’s Fairview campus since 2008.   He replaces Jane Bowen who is leaving at the end of the year.  During the spring semester, he will be serving in a dual role as the school’s superintendent and as the director of the Fairview campus. 

Harris photoHarris is very familiar with Northwest Technology Center’s school district.  He served for fifteen years as the Assistant Superintendent at the Alva Campus before leaving in 2000 to take a job as the Dean of Students at Seward County Junior College in Liberal, KS. 

“With me, you get experience,” said Harris, “I am familiar with the system and I am here to help businesses and serve students.”   

“I want people to let me know if there are ways that we can help our partner communities and our sending schools.”  stated Harris.  “I am excited about this opportunity.”

Harris is a member of the board for the Fairview Regional Medical Center and the Fairview Chamber of Commerce.  He also enjoys camping, raising longhorn cattle and spending time with his family.  

According to Dean Meyer, NWTC’s School Board President, “Gerald is well-prepared for the job.  He has been in education for many years.  The school board is looking forward to having him serve as superintendent.”

Student Organizations Hold Officer Installation

Posted on October 25, 2011


Northwest Technology Center held its annual student organization officer installation on Monday. Students involved in the Health Student Occupations of America (HOSA), Business Professionals of America (BPA) and SkillsUSA were installed as members of their respective student organizations following the installation of officers.  Both morning and afternoon installation ceremonies were held.  

AM Officer Photo

Pictured above are Student Organization officers for the morning programs at Northwest Technology Center Fairview Campus.   They include (standing l to r):   B.J. Schicka, Jillian Stewart, Ethan Wichert, Emily Martens, Blake Gard, Kale Neufeld, Zach Huber, Taylor Tucker, Santana Elyer, Makayla Redding and Brandon Lowder.  Also pictured are (seated l to r):  Ashlee Dunlap, Teagan Hernandez and Rylan Giager.

PM Officer Photo

Pictured above are Afternoon Student Organization Officers at Northwest Technology Center Fairview Campus.  They are (standing l to r): Amanda Easter, Vanessa Jones, Makayla Redding, Kyle Nelson, Luis Labra, Jillian Stewart and Kristy Schroeder.   Also pictured (seated l to r) include:   Jennifer Canaday, Teagan Hernandez and Jennifer Red Hat.

Patty Lovell, Guidance Counselor and Financial Aid Director for Northwest Technology Center coordinated the installation ceremony.  Advisors for the groups were recognized.  

The officer teams for the morning BPA organization included:   B.J. Schiska, president; Taylor Tucker, vice-president; Santana Eyler; secretary/treasurer; Blake Gard, parliamentarian and Emily Martens, historian/reporter.   The afternoon BPA Officer Team included:  Luis Labra, president; Kristy Schroeder, vice-president; Vanessa Jones, secretary/treasurer; Amanda Easter, parliamentarian and Kyle Nelson, historian/reporter.  Advisors for the organization are Lisa Fuller and Jessica Schanbacher.

The officer team for the morning HOSA organization included:   Jillian Stewart, president; Makayla Redding, vice-president; Ashlee Dunlap, secretary/treasurer and Rylan Giager, reporter.   Afternoon HOSA officers included:  Jillian Stewart, president; Makayla Redding, vice-president; Jennifer Red Hat, secretary/treasurer; and Jennifer Canaday, reporter.  Debra Button serves as the advisor for the group.  

The officer team for the morning/afternoon SkillsUSA group included:   Teagan Hernandez, president; Ethan Wichert, vice-president; Brandon Lowder, secretary/treasurer; Kale Neufeld, parliamentarian and Zach Huber, reporter.    Serving as advisors for the group are Ken Hanson, Bobby Watson and Jon Buller.


NWTC Students Assist with Beadles Nursing Home Luau

Posted on October 6, 2011


HCC photo

Students from Alva's Health Careers Certification program helped with a Luau at Beadles Nursing Home. They are shown here with the Luau Queen, Annabelle Shafer. Pictured include (back row l to r): Sarah Washburn, HCC Instructor, Brooke Ortiz, Kristi Henson, Jessica Bryant, Katie Woodall, Shelby Smith, Jenna Workman, Miranda Teeters, Carlie Hess and Erin Smiley. Also pictured include (front row l to r): Jamie Davis, Maria Ramos, Ashley Stocking, Tia McGuire and Chelsea Longpine.

Students in Truck Driver Training Class Pass Test and Gain Employment

Posted on September 28, 2011

  Truck Driver Training Photo

Northwest Technology Center, Alva had a 100% pass rate on its Truck Driver Training Class which ended this week.   Six students were enrolled and six students passed both the driving and written test.   Even better, all six had jobs before the class ended.  Pictured are (back row l to r) Dave Townsend, Truck Driver Training Instructor and employee at Central Tech in Drumright, Chris Barnes, Paul Nutter, and Heath June.  Also pictured include (front row l to r) Ryan Cunningham, Valintin Alatorre and Jeremy Hughes.   Barnes, Nutter, June, Alatorre and Hughes will be working for Basic Services.  Cunningham has will be working for Barcas Field Services. 

Upcoming Truck Driver training classes are planned at Northwest Technology Center in Fairview beginning on September 28 and a Northwest Technology Center in Alva beginning on November 28.  A class is also planned at Autry Tech in Enid beginning on October 24.  For more information call 580.327.0344 in Alva or 580.227.3708 in Fairview. 

Health Careers Students Promote Cancer Awareness

Posted on September 26, 2011

  HCC photo

Students in Northwest Technology Center’s Health Careers Certification program at the Alva Campus are promoting Cancer Awareness this month by participating in a fundraising effort to benefit cancer victim, Kylin Wampler of Kremlin.   Wampler is 18 years old and suffers from Ovarian Cancer.   Health students have been holding a variety of fundraisers including a bake sale which will occur at Northwest Technology Center on September 30.    Recently, the group spoke to Alva’s Rotary Club about their efforts.  

Pictured include (l to r) Sarah Washburn, Health Careers Instructor at NWTC, Michelle Kincaid, NWTC student, Pat Headlee with Alva’s Rotary Club and Katie Woodall, NWTC Student.

Northwest Tech Earns Designation as Top Career Tech

Posted on August 8, 2011

  Gold Star Photo

Northwest Technology Center was recognized at the 2011 Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Educators (OkACTE) Summer Conference as a winner of the Gold Star Award, the highest honor given by the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers (OATC).  This is the sixth time that Northwest Technology Center has received the award. 

The Gold Star Award recognizes technology centers that have met rigid and demanding criteria, demonstrating a high level of excellence.  The Awards Presentation was a part of the annual (OkACTE Summer Conference which attracts more than 3,600 educators from across Oklahoma.     

“It is quite an honor for our school to receive the Gold Star Award.” said Jane Bowen, NWTC’s Superintendent.  “It is an achievement for our staff, board members and for the communities served by Northwest Technology Center.   Our staff has worked diligently, but we could not have received this award without the support of the local patrons who attend our classes, support our activities and who utilize our services.”    

“Northwest Technology Center is a leader in economic development and education in its district, which includes the school districts of Alva, Aline-Cleo, Canton, Cherokee, Fairview, Freedom, Ringwood and Waynoka,” said Pat McGregor, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.   “During the past year, Northwest Technology Center has worked with over 100 business and industry partners in the areas of training and business development.   Northwest is proud of its business partnerships and its partnerships with other technology centers.”    

To qualify for the award, Northwest Technology Center met over 50 criteria set up by the OATC Awards committee.   The criteria included:  student retention, program completion, placement, percentage of the population served, number of secondary and post secondary students enrolled in its daytime programs, innovative partnerships with business and industry and additional criteria in the areas of Agricultural Business Management, Economic Development, Marketing, Adult Training and Development and many other areas.


Student Graduates from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Posted on June 6, 2011

OSU-IT grad photo

Jennifer R. Hegwood, a resident of Fairview, Oklahoma, graduated from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee with an Associate in Applied Science in Office Information Systems Technology.  She was on the Registrar’s Honor Roll. Graduation was held Friday, April 22, 2011.  Hegwood also earned hours for her degree through an articulation agreement with Northwest Technology Center in Fairview, Oklahoma where she completed the Business and Information Technology program.


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