About Northwest Tech

Northwest Technology Center (NWTC) has been serving high school and adult students from Major and Woods counties for over 30 years. Northwest Tech is one of 29 technology centers in Oklahoma which are accredited by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

The Oklahoma Northwest Area Vocational-Technical School was formed in 1969 with the first classes for both the Alva and Fairview campuses being offered during the 1972-1973 school year. Austin Barragree served as superintendent from 1970 until 1985. Freelin Roberts served as superintendent from 1985 until 2009. Jane Bowen served as superintendent from 2009 until December 2011. Dr. Gerald Harris took over the reins of superintendent in January 2012.

In recent years, the name has evolved from the Northwest Area Vocational-Technical School to the Northwest Technology Center. Along with the name change of the school has been the continuous update and change of program offerings.


Preparing for success in education, careers, and life.


Northwest Technology Center provides extensive educational opportunities focusing on student needs and enhancing economic development.

Core Values

  • We are industry-focused, student-centered and performance-driven.
  • Strong ethical character and professionalism are essential to meeting the challenges of our customers.
  • Innovation is essential to continual improvement.
  • Loyalty and enthusiasm contribute to the acceptance that every challenge is an opportunity.
  • Positive relationships build teamwork and dedication to the mission of Northwest Technology Center.

Core Competencies

  • NWTC utilizes innovative technology in the delivery of training and services.
  • NWTC emphasizes college and career readiness for students by designing educational programs and services that reflect rigor, relevance, and relationships.
  • NWTC demonstrates a commitment to economic development in Northwest Oklahoma by providing training that is customized to the needs of businesses.
  • NWTC is responsive to the educational needs of customers by providing flexible and timely training.

Rules for Career and Technology Education

The rules for career and technology education on available on the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education website at http://www.okcareertech.org/whoweare/Rules_July11-2011.pdf.

Open Meeting Act

The following information regarding the Open Meeting Act are available in PDF format. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required for viewing.)

Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, 25 O.S. Supp.2010, Sections 301 et seq. - View PDF file

Oklahoma Open Records Act, 51 O.S. Supp. 2010, Sections 24A.1 et seq. - View PDF file

Updated on 11/10/14