The weather on Monday, September 25, was perfect for a day on the links. The Eleventh Annual Central Tech Foundation Ron Vandever Memorial Golf Tournament, held at the Buffalo Rock Golf & Gun Club in Cushing, brought out 156 golfers to help raise money for the Central Tech Foundation.
SpiritBank and Premier Truck Group sponsored this year’s tournament with a great response from 69 business and community sponsors at the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels.
Through the tournament, the Central Tech Foundation raised $22,800 to assist needy Central Tech students as they prepare for technical careers. Last year the foundation was able to provide financial assistance to 40 students from 18 local communities.
This year the tournament was spread out over the morning and afternoon with two flights of golfers in each round.
In the morning A Flight, the Tedford Insurance team of Wendell Bookout, Phil Waul, Nick Tanner, and Charles Carroll won with a score of 52. Team Byers Outdoor placed second with a score of 53 by team members Jeff Hammond, Cliff Wilson, Devin Wanzor, and Mark Byers.
In the morning B Flight, the Summit Bus team of David Carney, Adam Markou, Kevin Holba, and Tyler North won with a score of 61 with a tiebreaker. Second place in the morning B Flight was the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance team with a score of 61 by team members Joe Genet, Pat Crane, Mark Wilson, and Kevin Montgomery.
In the afternoon A Flight, Hughes Anderson with players Jeff Gilbert, Billy Hill, Kelly Bock, and Scott Sanders placed 1st with a score of 48. Second place in the afternoon Flight A was the Tiger Gas team with Curtis Shelton, Brian Burden, Charles Carroll, and John Thorpe with a score of 52.
In the afternoon B Flight, Consolidated Turbine with players Danny Hickman, Johnny Johnson, C.A. Wilson, and Thad Wages placed 1st with a score of 57. Second place in the afternoon Flight B was the JTL Contracting team with Tammy Wasson, Mary Emmet, Russell Moyer, and Jennifer Snow with a score of 58.
Winner of the women’s closest to the pin challenges on hole two in the morning was Michelle Winters of the Arnold Outdoor team. In the afternoon, the winner of closest to the pin on hole two was Linda Waul of the Ron’s Duffers team.
On hole eleven in the morning, the winner of the men’s closest to the pin challenge was John Thorpe of the Premier Truck 1 team. In the afternoon, the winner of closest to the pin on hole 11 was Peter Kelly of SpiritBank I team.
The winners of the closest to the line on hole eighteen were Curtis Morphew of the Klaus, Inc. team in the morning and Brad Reinecke of RCB in the afternoon.
“The success of Central Tech’s Foundation Golf Tournament is vital to meeting the needs of many students as it helps them stay in school and gain a career,” said Ron Dyer, Central Tech’s superintendent. “Thank you to all of our sponsors and golfers.”
For more information about Central Tech’s educational and training opportunities, please visit the website at www.CentralTech.Edu or see more team photos at www.facebook.com/CentralTechEdu.
Central Tech’s Employment Consultant, Kris Pruitt, was given the 2017 OK-APSE Employment Consultant of the Year award on June 28, 2017 at the Oklahoma Association of People Supporting Employment First (OK-APSE) Conference held at Moore Norman Technology Center-South Penn campus in Oklahoma City.
Pruitt works at Central Tech’s Sapulpa campus and was nominated for tirelessly assisting individuals in obtaining their employment goals. Central Tech is proud of the work Pruitt does and congratulates her for this prestigious award!
Three Central Tech Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) students were awarded the Lisa McClendon Memorial Scholarship established by the Tulsa-based Millennium Home Health Care, Inc.
This year’s recipients are: Anna Casillas of Cleveland, Emily Gonzales of Depew, and Kristen Danley of Drumright.
“The scholarship was created to honor Lisa’s passion for her chosen profession of home health aide by giving this scholarship to someone who might otherwise not be able to afford CNA training but has the same compassionate heart for people,” says Millennium Administrator Dave Randall. “The quality of Central Tech’s Certified Nurse Aide program is why we chose to give the scholarship to their students.”
“Central Tech appreciates Millennium Home Health Care’s generous donation. This scholarship will help our students with their educational needs,” says Ron Dyer, superintendent of Central Tech.
To find out more about Central Tech’s Certified Nurse Aide or Home Health Aide programs, please visit CentralTech.Edu.
Four Central Tech students participating in a nationally accredited paramedic program, taught through distance learning originating from Kiamichi Technology Center, graduated on July 15, 2017. The ceremony held at Kiamichi’s Poteau campus recognized 38 students from around Oklahoma.
The 2016-2017 graduating class includes Jason Salazar, LifeNet in Stillwater; Kristin Pearson, Mercy Ambulance Services in Cleveland; Emily Howser, Cushing Fire Department; and Jordan Bush, LifeNet in Stillwater.
The program helps ease the shortage of paramedics in rural Oklahoma and solves the need for accessible training. Each 16-month long class consists of lectures broadcast two days a week from Kiamichi Tech to participating tech centers around the state; Central Tech in Drumright is one of those sites. Students complete coursework, attend labs at their local schools, and perform clinical rotations. This enables more students from rural areas to be trained as paramedics.
“Years ago, we graduated one student from our paramedic program, and we were ready to shut our doors. And until we started doing distance education, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to make it…. Now they (students) can stay in their local areas, and we broadcast to them,” says Gina Riggs, director of emergency medical services at Kiamichi Tech.
Central Tech congratulates the graduates and is proud of their service to our surrounding communities. For more information about Central Tech or the Paramedic program, please visit CentralTech.Edu.