FAQ for Future Students - Meridian Tech

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The information contained in this FAQ is subject to change. Please know that while we cannot predict what the 2021 year may hold, we will do our best to adapt as needed while keeping the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision-making. We depend on a strong partnership with you to accomplish this.

Why Tech?

  • Career training at Tech combines understanding the theoretical framework with experiencing the application of hands-on skills.
  • Instructors are experts in their field and teach skills needed for industry employment or advanced educational opportunities.
  • Our course content is shaped by the input of Business and Education Council members comprised of industry representatives.
  • Discover your passions and develop real-world skills.
  • Upon completion of a program, students receive a Career Readiness Certificate. As part of earning the certificate, Meridian uses WorkKeys, an assessment tool from the ACT. This tool measures skills that employers have deemed critical to success in their industry.

How do programs at Tech work with high school and college credit?

High School Credit

  • Depending on a student’s high school, they may earn 3 or 4 credits per year. It will vary by program, but some of these credits count as electives, and some may count as academic credits.
  • Speak to your counselor about what needs to be done to ensure you make the most of your time at Tech. If you need additional credits, you can earn them through the High School Online Curriculum Program.

College Credit

  • College credit may be available upon completion of a career major. You could earn college credit toward an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or an Associate of General Studies degree.

Who can attend Tech?

  • High school, home-school and virtual school students who live in the Meridian district can attend tuition-free during their junior and senior years. Sophomores can enroll in afternoon programs when space is available.
  • Students who live in the Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall, Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts are eligible to attend Tech.
  • The STEM Academy with the Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Engineering programs is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

When do students attend Tech?

  • Students will enroll in either a morning or afternoon session. They spend half of the day at their high school and half of their day at Tech.
    • Morning: 7:50-10:40 a.m.
    • Afternoon: 12:45-3:35 p.m.

How do students get to Tech?

  • Free transportation from a district high school is available for morning and afternoon classes. Students and drivers are wearing masks to minimize exposure.
  • Home-schooled students have access to this free transportation as well. They will need to get permission from the principal of their community’s high school in order to ride.
  • Students who wish to drive themselves to Tech may have the option, depending on the requirements of their local high school.

What will or will not change because of COVID-19?

Learning Methods

  • Our goal is to provide an in-person learning experience for students, with the health and safety of staff and students being the highest priority. We will make a decision about classes the summer before school starts. If a student is not comfortable attending in-person instruction, we understand they may choose not to attend Tech. Every situation is different, and we support the decision you determine is right for you and your family.

Organizations

  • CareerTech Student Organizations (CTSOs) help students develop leadership and teamwork skills. We will follow the Department of Career and Technology Education State CTSO director’s guidance.

Student Breaks

  • Many of the common areas are closed to follow the social distancing recommendations of the CDC.
  • Prepared snacks and meals are being offered for purchase and delivered to the classroom areas during 10-minute breaks. Students are also encouraged to bring their own snacks.

I want to come to Tech, what’s next?

Public High School Students

  1. Complete an application and any additional required documents for your chosen program.
  2. Get your parent or legal guardian’s signature if you’re under 18.
  3. Turn your application into your high school counselor. Meridian will contact your school to get your transcript, attendance records and assessment results to assist in the admissions process.

Home-school/ Virtual/Private School Students

  1. Complete an application and any additional required documents.
    1. Transcript, assessments (Pre-ACT, etc.), attendance, IEP/504, affidavit of home-schooling, proof of age, immunization record and letters of recommendation.
  2. Get your parent or legal guardian’s signature if you are under 18.
  3. Mail or deliver your application with all supporting to:
    Meridian Technology Center
    1312 South Sangre Road
    Stillwater, OK  74074
  4. Download a checklist here.

Enrollment

  • Priority enrollment is February 1, 2021. Programs fill quickly. We still accept applications after this date as long as space is available.

What health and safety protocols is Tech putting in place currently?

Our goal is to offer students hands-on learning in a safe and healthy environment.

  • Classrooms are provided with cleaning kits so students can disinfect their area when they leave the classroom.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are placed around campus.
  • Masks and/or neck gaiters are provided to all students.
  • Our custodial staff is cleaning high-touch, high-traffic areas.
  • Backpack sprayers are used to clean heavily visited areas such as stairwells and hallways.
  • Students have designated entrances near their program to minimize large groups.
  • Closed common areas.
  • Delivery of pre-packaged snacks.
  • Social distancing implemented when possible.

What guidelines is Tech currently following to decide between in-person, blended or distance learning instruction?

  • Tech will follow the Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System. This system uses color-coding to depict risk phases. A report showing the level of risk by county is published every Friday, we will review this in a timely manner and communicate as quickly as possible to students and parents regarding changes that may occur.
  • Please visit this link to view the color-coded system.
  • Learning Mode Definitions
    • In-Person: Students will attend classes at Tech taught by instructors in person.
    • Blended: Students will attend two days on campus and three days virtual. Half of the students will attend on Monday, Tuesday, with the other half attending Thursday and Friday. Meridian’s custodial staff will do a deep cleaning on Wednesday.
    • Distance Learning: Students will attend virtual classes from home. No students will be on campus.

Are there other services Tech offers?

  • Career Development
  • Career Counseling
    • Meridian has career counselors on staff to guide students through their time at Meridian.
  • Job Placement Services
  • Disability Services
    • Meridian Technology Center provides reasonable accommodations and support for students with disabilities and special education needs covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Translation Services
  • ACT Test Prep