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March 19, 2014

ICTC leader to stay on course

Superintendent Tony Pivec says he will make few changes

Indian Capital Technology Center Superintendent Tony Pivec said he expects to continue the course ICTC has charted for the past six years.

“The wind has always been in our sails, so I don’t see very many changes,” Pivec said. “We’ll be working hard on curriculum and looking at program offerings, so we can see where the needs of business and industry are.”

Pivec, 43, was recently chosen ICTC superintendent after serving a little more than four months as interim superintendent. He succeeds Tom Stiles, who retired in October. Pivec was director of ICTC’s Stilwell campus before being named ICTC business manager in 2008. He later became assistant superintendent as well as business manager. ICTC offers classes for high school students and adults at campuses in Muskogee, Tahlequah, Stilwell and Sallisaw as well as online.

Pivec said the ICTC board will start advertising for a new assistant superintendent/business manager “in the next week or so.”

ICTC also expects to break ground soon on the new health science building at its Muskogee campus, 2401 N. 41st St. E., he said. The new building will house its occupational therapist assistant and physical therapist assistant programs. He said the Muskogee campus nursing program and radiology technician programs also will move into the facility. The classroom/lab building would adjoin and complement a new health science facility under construction at the Connors State College Port Campus.

“Dr. Faltyn has been excellent to work with,” Pivec said, referring to CSC President Dr. Tim Faltyn.

Pivec said ICTC hopes to finish the new building by this time next year and to have it ready for classes in the fall of 2015.

He said he’ll check the job market to see what should go into Muskogee campus space that opens when nursing and rad tech moves.

“We’re looking at the job market in the area and identifying needs of business and industry to see what needs to be put in that location,” he said.

Pivec said career tech schools such as ICTC “help students make the transition from high school to the working world.”

“We offer certification programs that help change the game for a lot of students,” he said. “We can quickly adapt to industry’s changes and needs.”

Pivec said he first became interested in vocational education when he was a student at Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa.

“I was in a business program called DECA,” he said, referring to a national organization dedicated to preparing students for careers in marketing, finance and management. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northeastern State University, Pivec taught business at a technology center in Joplin, Mo.

“I eventually moved into administration,” Pivec said.

He was a superintendent at Pocola, Gracemont and Sequoyah until becoming ICTC’s Stilwell campus director in 2004.

Pivec said he feels “blessed” to be selected as the system’s new superintendent.

“It will be fulfilling due to the quality of the students and staff we serve,” he said.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

Meet Tony Pivec

AGE: 43.

HOMETOWN: Tulsa.

CAREER: Indian Capital Technology Center Superintendent.

EDUCATION: Nathan Hale High School, 1988. Bachelor’s degree in education, Northeastern State University, 1992. Master’s degree, NSU, 1994.

FAMILY: Wife, Lisa. One son.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Presbyterian.

HOBBIES: Running, triathlons, spending time with his son.

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