SOTC campus makes improvements while expanding

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

ARDMORE,OK--Classes at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center have been pushed back till Monday as the campus undergoes some major renovations. Kristen Shanahan tells us how the dust and demo is making way for some new improvements.

The SOTC is looking much different than it did back in 1966 when it first opened. SOTC Superintendent Dr. David Powell says a lot of changes are being made.

"It looks like demolition, but it's really progress," Powell said.

Dr. Powell says the longstanding building "B"is being torn down after suffering damages in two tornadoes, but it's ending makes way for a new beginning. A new health academy will take it's place in about a year, and that's not the only new addition.

"I really anticipate the manufacturing building when it's complete. Once they see what's inside it, the technology that it represents, we'll have even more people wanting to get in our schools," Powell said.

Campus expansions, like the manufacturing building, will allow for new popular classes. For instance, a Mechatronics class that will instruct students about warehouse operations, and another class that will teach product development.

SOTC Industrial Coordinator Russel Keeton says he'll teach some of these classes, which will provide an education that students just can't get anywhere else.

Keeton says he's seen a lot of changes during the 30 years he's been at SOTC, but he's happy about them. He also says that these new classes will provide students with an even bigger "toolbox of skills".

"It makes me feel good that I've done something that's helped someone, and these new programs are exciting for me because we are in the business to improve people's lives," Keeton said.

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