Monthly Newsletter

McCullough’s Message
 

The increasing funding challenges in our state have forced many to re-evaluate decisions about spending, including in education. It is important to consider all options when it comes to a life-altering decision.
 
According to Consumer Reports, 42 million Americans have $1.3 trillion in student debt. In 2015-16, a four-year education at a university in Oklahoma for Oklahoma residents, which includes tuition, fees, and room and board, costs an estimate of $74,000. More than 70 percent of graduates leave school with debt. In fact, the class of 2016 finished with an average debt of $37,000 per graduate.
 
This financial burden does not affect just the individual borrowing the money. Their actions, due to this debt, affect society. Of student loan borrowers, 44 percent cut back on daily living expenses, 28 percent delay buying a house and 37 percent put off saving for retirement, according to Consumer Report.
 
The Enid community is fortunate to have institutions such as Autry, Northern Oklahoma College and Northwestern Oklahoma State University locally to serve our residents at a cost far less than that of our state’s research universities. Autry students have zero student loan debt when they finish their program. With the Autry Scholarship, high school graduates in the Autry district are able to attend Autry tuition free for three years following graduation. Students attending one of Autry’s full-time programs have access to some of the most recognized industry certifications in the country, which are the credentials needed for entry into high-skill, high-wage jobs across America. We at Autry are working to fill the workforce with qualified workers and set our future generations up for success.

 

Manufacturing/STEM Day is back! Be sure to mark your calendars for October 6, 2017. This nation-wide event connects high school juniors and seniors from Autry’s 10 area partner schools, as well as students in full-time programs at Autry Tech, with local manufacturing companies to show how manufacturing has changed. Over 2 thousand students will visit with over 35 area companies at this year’s event. To learn more, visit our website here. You can also click here to register your business to be part of the event by September 1st.

Autry Students Win

 

Recently, 27 Autry students competed at national competitions. In the SkillsUSA competition, Autry brought home three gold medals, one silver and one bronze. In the HOSA competition, Autry students brought home one gold and one bronze medal. Autry’s BPA students brought home one gold medal. Read more here.

Celebrating Tradition. Inspiring Innovation.

 

Since 1967, Autry Technology Center has been the community workforce resource. As we celebrate 50 years as the workforce capital, we invite you to join us. Stay tuned for more information.

New Opportunities

 

As our economy changes and evolves, Autry Technology Center is dedicated to leading the way. The skills gap affecting Northwest Oklahoma has led to a need for a new training program at Autry. The Plumbing Certificate program is designed for students with little to no plumbing experience as well as apprentices currently working in the field. This program will consist of a series of courses designed to take the student through the theory of plumbing and provide hands-on experience. For more information or to enroll, go to autrytech.edu or contact Kristine Almack at kalmack@autrytech.edu or 580-242-2750. 

Workplace Essentials

 

If you are involved with HR, you need to take these courses! The Workplace Essentials series covers a wide range of introductory HR topics in a condensed, straightforward format. Classes begin Thursday, August 3rd. For more information, contact Cari Forrest at cforrest@autrytech.edu or 580-242-2750. 

Shop and Help

 

You can help change lives just by shopping! When you shop on smile.amazon.com and select OT Autry Vocational and Technical Education Foundation as your charitable organization, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your purchase to support the Autry Foundation. This Foundation provides grants to students to help pay for tuition, books, uniforms, transportation and school supplies. Last year alone, the Foundation awarded almost $12,000 in student grants!