March 25, 2019 - For Immediate Release
Kiamichi Technology Centers will honor Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center as a Partner in Progress at Business and Industry Day at the Capitol on April 3 in Oklahoma City.
“We value our working partnership with industry which plays a vital role in the success of KTC and the future employability of our students,” said KTC Superintendent Shelley Free. “We are excited to showcase what EOMC has done for the economic success of the citizens of southeastern Oklahoma.”
The partnership between EOMC and KTC began as an avenue for students in KTC’s practical nursing program to complete their clinical requirements. There is a continuous cycle of training and service that occurs between EOMC and KTC, said Charley Hayes, industrial coordinator at KTC Poteau.
“As one of the largest employers in LeFlore County, EOMC understands the communities it serves,” said Hayes. “We offer full-time programs, short-term classes and business and safety trainings to help meet the specific needs of EOMC. In turn, they have helped us provide quality classes by sharing their medical knowledge and experience with Kiamichi Tech students by becoming adjunct faculty for a variety of short-term programs.”
EOMC CEO Bob Carter has been a strong supporter of KTC during his entire career in medicine and as a firefighter. He continues to see the value added to his workforce by students and new hires who have been through programs at KTC.
“They come out of the programs and into our hospital with a well-rounded education,” Carter said. “It’s more than their field of study, it’s also the business and people skills they are learning.”
“Most importantly, the partnership between EOMC and KTC is a local collaboration,” said Kelly
Grego, district adult and client based services director at KTC. “This partnership serves rural eastern Oklahoma by adding highly-skilled medical jobs in LeFlore County and the surrounding areas.”
To learn more about business and industry services offered by KTC, visit bis.ktc.edu or call 918-465-2323.
Kiamichi Technology Centers has played an integral role in southeastern Oklahoma communities since 1968, serving ten full and three partial counties. KTC is one of 29 districts in the Oklahoma CareerTech system with more than 30 career programs. KTC also offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields. KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services division that works with over 400 businesses annually.