By Rebecca Walkup
Indian Capital Technology Center was formed in May 1967 by an election in Muskogee, Wagoner, McIntosh, and Sequoyah counties to raise the quality of education for students and to serve employers and residents. Today as one of 29 nonprofit technology centers in Oklahoma, ICTC continues to pursue the mission of preparing people for success in the workplace. With campuses in Muskogee, Sallisaw, Stilwell, and Tahelquah, ICTC serves 29 K-12 public schools, four private schools, and 21 K-8 schools in seven counties.
ICTC offers a wide range of educational options, from full-time career major programs to part-time programs and online courses. Course work in career training programs is eligible for college credit through partnerships with Connors State College and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. These partnerships allow students to complete up to 50 percent of an associate’s degree in applied science at ICTC. The Business and Industry Services Team provides customized onsite consulting and training in a variety of industries to meet the specific needs of area businesses.
ICTC’s classes are extremely affordable ($8 per hour for college credit courses), and the quality of instruction is outstanding. Instructors are industry experts with years of real world experience in their fields, and many have bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Every instructional program also has an advisory committee of current professionals in the field. The committees assist with curriculum development and help ensure that the lessons learned in the classroom or lab meet the current needs of industry employers and that students graduate with the skills they need to succeed.
With 1,600 students enrolled in full-time career major programs, ICTC recently ranked third in the state for total enrollment, just after the technology centers in Oklahoma’s metropolitan areas. New programs are continually being added. The sports medicine program, now in its second year at the Muskogee campus, is extremely popular, and two more health are programs will be rolled out in the next three years.
To accommodate this growth, ICTC is expanding its facilities. A new lab was added last year to support the culinary arts program, which has won national awards. An administrative building is under construction at the Muskogee campus, and plans are being made in collaboration with Connors State College for a new building to house health instructional programs for both ICTC and Connors. This will bring all health care programs under one roof at ICTC, and allow for program expansion in this vital field.
For the past three years, ICTC has received the prestigious Gold Star School Award from the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The honor is based on rigorous criteria such as student retention and completion rates, job placement success, and student participation in career tech organizations. Last year three students won national organization championships in their career areas.
For more about ICTC, call Anesa Hooper at (918) 348-7975 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To recommend a program for a column, call Rebecca Walkup at (918) 683-4600.