History - Meridian Tech

History

Meridian Technology Center has been a driver of economic development since 1975. With a mission to educate, enrich lives and secure economic futures, Meridian offers full-time career training programs, short courses, Business and Industry services and entrepreneurial support to residents from the Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts. The Meridian Technology Center district covers parts of Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Pawnee and Payne counties, and encompasses more than 900 square miles.

What’s In a Name

Meridian Technology Center was originally known as Indian Meridian Area Vocational Technical School. In a contest to select a school name, several hundred elementary students submitted proposals. Mulhall student Ben Wesley submitted the name because the Indian Meridian geographical line runs through the area that would be served by the school. In 1988, the name was changed to Indian Meridian Vo-Tech Center. With input from staff and community members, the board voted and the name was changed to Meridian Technology Center in January 1994.

Historical Highlights

Meridian began with 92,000 square feet and has since grown to 255,000 square feet.

July 1, 1973

Day 1
Dr. Fred Shultz reports to his first day of work, initially collaborating with architects on the design of the building. The design is later featured in Architectural Digest.

August 1975

Meridian begins career training
Meridian opens its doors for classes with 13 daytime programs and a staff of 30. With more than 20 programs available to choose from, each year Meridian provides career training for over 700 students. Meridian is part of a network of 29 Career Tech schools around the state.

1980

Extension Education Program begins
Today we take our programs into the communities we serve. You ask, we answer. We are able to quickly and efficiently customize our programs to meet demand.

1985

The Indian Meridian Vo-Tech Foundation is formed
The foundation provides adults with access to education and career training through financial assistance for their tuition and books. Each year around 60 students are awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships. Funds raised through the Blue Streak Run benefit foundation scholarships.

1998

The Center for Business Development is completed, adding 15,000 square feet.
The Center for Business Development provides business consulting and coaching, on-site support, and networking and education events for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Through the creation of new companies and the strengthening of existing companies the CBD strengthens the regional and state economy.

2009

Center for Health Sciences and Clinical Simulation opens
The Center houses simulated hospital rooms are equipped with a state-of-the-art simulator, audio and video recording capabilities for playback, touch-screen patient monitors, crash carts and medical equipment. The safe and forgiving environment allows students, medical professionals and first responders the ability to practice and perfect life-saving procedures.

2013, 2014, 2015

Honors 
Meridian Technology Center is recognized as a Best Place to Work in 2013 and Top Workplace in Oklahoma in 2014 and 2015.