Cutline: Northern Oklahoma College held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the Process Technology Center at NOC Tonkawa on Wednesday. The event was sponsored by the Tonkawa Chamber of Commerce.
NOC holds Technology Center ribbon cutting
Northern Oklahoma College continues to lead the way in educational innovation with the opening of the Process Technology (PTEC) Building at NOC Tonkawa.
A ribbon cutting, sponsored by the Tonkawa Chamber of Commerce, was held last Wednesday to officially open the renovated facility located near the NOC Ag Complex.
The facility will house Process Technology, Renewable Energy, and Precision Agriculture Programs.
“In 2021, Northern received our second NASNTI grant, from the U.S. Department of Education that is allowing us the opportunity to strengthen the institution,” said NOC President Dr. Clark Harris. “Through this grant and the support of many others, this building – the PTEC Building, was renovated to add a classroom/lab space where students can engage in hands-on learning experiences, collaborative projects and in-depth research.”
NASNTI Program Director Anna Roland said, “The federal NASNTI program provides grants and related assistance for colleges such as NOC to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native-American and low-income individuals.”
A 5-Year $2.2 Million proposal was awarded to NOC in 2021 titled Connecting Students to Promising Pathways and there are three key initiatives including the development of new STEM academic programs and supporting course options, strengthening student services, and building capacity to support remote learners with disabilities,” she added.
“NOC is a prime location for reaching area residents and preparing them for promising STEM career options. The employment of wind turbine technicians with renewable energy training is expected to grow exponentially in the next several years and training in Precision Agriculture, which prepares students for the increased use of high-tech tools within the field, is a growing demand among industry employers as well.”
Dr. Frankie Wood-Black, Division Chair for Engineering, Physical Science, and Process Technology thanked all of the industrial partners, including the PTEC Advisory Committee and in particular Enel North America.
She said, “It is the industrial partnerships that make these programs. Without the cooperation and support of our industrial partners, our students would not be getting the education that they need which ultimately allows these students to be employed with high-paying jobs close to home.”
The extensive renovation project has transformed the facility focused on innovation and learning, equipped to support existing PTEC programming, as well as new and upcoming programs focused on Renewable Energy and Precision Agriculture.
Through funding provided by a Department of Education Native American Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI) grant project, Connecting Students to Promising Pathways, the PTEC building has been revamped with a forward-thinking vision to prepare students for the evolving demands of the modern world. The redesigned facility and equipment purchased showcase the institution’s commitment to sustainability and the practical application of emerging technologies in critical fields.
The highlight of the renovation is the introduction of a dedicated 1,800 square foot classroom and bay area that will house advanced equipment and resources. This dynamic space provides a place where students can engage in hands-on learning experiences, collaborative projects and in-depth research.
The Wind Energy option under NOC’s Electronics Technology program will empower students to explore alternate energy sources, develop sustainable practices, and contribute to a greener future. The program encompasses a comprehensive curriculum that covers solar energy, wind power, and other renewable energy technologies, providing students with skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the industry.
The Precision Agriculture program, currently in development, revolutionizes traditional farming practices by integrating technology and data-driven methodologies. Students will learn how to leverage precision agriculture techniques to optimize crop production, reduce resource consumption and enhance overall efficiency in the agricultural sector.
Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.
NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater. Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.
The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.
For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at www.noc.edu.