Monthly Newsletter

McCullough’s Message

A friendship founded in a foxhole in Korea was the beginning of a place that has now transformed hundreds of thousands of lives. The O.T. Autry Area Vocational Technical Center opened in 1967 from the inspiration of O.T. Autry and J.W. Ridge. For the past 50 years Autry has had the privilege of growing and developing the minds of those in our community and helping them on their path to success.

As we celebrate 50 years of history we also look to the future. We will continue to be the workforce capital that cultivates endless possibilities by providing state-of-the-art technology, expert resources and guaranteed satisfaction. We will also lead the way through innovation and evolve as new technology is created. We hope you will join us!

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Celebrating the Workforce Capital


On October 6, 2017, there were 51 companies and over 3,000 people on Autry’s campus to celebrate Manufacturing/STEM Day and Autry’s 50th anniversary. Manufacturing/STEM Day is a nation-wide event connecting 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. Autry’s 50th anniversary luncheon was prepared and served by Autry’s Culinary Arts students and 600 cookies were made and decorated by Autry’s Early Care and Hospitality students. We thank all those involved in making this a great day.

Autry Names October Students of the Month


Congratulations to Autry’s October Students of the Month Megan Littlefield, Cody Collom and Chance Miller. To read more about these students visit our website here.

New Series Beginning


Join us for the Inspired Leader Series as world-renowned leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, discusses how to truly be successful in leadership. The series begins November 7, 2017 at 11:30 am in Autry’s Capital Room. For more information, contact Denise Nilssen at or 580-242-2750. 

Honored for 50 Years


On October 5th at the Enid Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution October monthly meeting, Autry was given a great honor. There they recognized Autry Technology Center with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of 50 years making a difference in students’ lives, both young and mature, through providing educational opportunities through technology and Career Tech programming. Pictured is Cynthia Smith, Enid Chapter Regent, and Janet Strate, Autry Director of Student Activities.

Ag Business Management Program to Begin


If you are an agricultural family in need of assistance in sustaining your future, we have the opportunity for you. The Agricultural Business Management program is set to begin November 7, 2017. The class will meet monthly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 pm at Autry and end March 13, 2018. For more information contact Don Roberts at or 580-242-2750. 

Alumni Returns


We love when our graduates are successful and come back to visit! Corbin and Miranda Johns are Enid natives that graduated from Autry’s Culinary Arts program in 2016. The two now attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York. They recently finished their first year and are now interning. They will earn their associate’s degree in occupational studies and culinary arts in June. Then they will work toward earning their bachelors in food science. To learn more about the Culinary Arts program, visit our website at

Shop and Help


You can help change lives just by shopping! When you shop on 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 over $28,000 in student grants!