What Parents Need to Know About Tech
We understand that as a parent of a student who is considering attending Meridian you might have questions about how Tech works.
Who can attend Tech?
Students can attend either a morning or afternoon session during their junior and senior years. Classes held during the morning session are from 7:50 – 10:40 and the afternoon classes are from 12:45 – 3:35. Sophomores can enroll for afternoon programs when space is available. The Meridian STEM Academy is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
How do my students apply?
Students must complete an application. If they are under 18 the application is only valid with their parents’ signature.
A completed application may be turned into their high school counselor or at the Career Planning Center at Meridian. High school counselors provide Meridian with a copy of the student’s transcript, attendance record and assessment tests. If the student does not attend a traditional high school visit High School Enrollment to see additional documentation that is needed with the application. A counselor from Meridian will contact the student to set up an interview that will take place at the high school or by phone.
What’s the application deadline?
For fall classes, priority enrollment is February 1. Many of our programs fill up fast! The best way to ensure your student gets in the program they want is to encourage them to complete their application before the February 1 priority enrollment date.
Meridian will accept applications throughout the summer as long as space is available in the program. Meridian will also accept applications for students to begin classes in January. Please contact us if you have a student who would like to begin mid-academic year.
What about high school credits?
Depending on the high school, students at Tech may earn 3 or 4 credits per year. Some of these credits count as electives, some count as academic credits. Students are also able to get credit in Math of Finance, Geometry and Algebra II at Tech.
College Credit Too?
Through a cooperative effort between the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, college credit may be available upon completion of a career major. The College and Career Transition Coordinator will work with students to explain the process so students can earn college credit toward an associate of applied science (AAS) degree.
The AAS is a technical workforce degree. An AAS degree is a great path to follow for someone who is planning on directly entering the workforce after earning the degree. The technical college courses are specific to the technical workforce degree and do not apply to other degrees designed to transfer to bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. However, some credit may apply to a specific bachelor of technology degree.
If you have questions regarding the process, please call 405-377-3333, ext. 228.
What Sets Meridian Apart From Other Types Of Education?
Meridian is a low-cost pathway to college or career. Whatever your students’ next steps are, their journey can begin here!
- 20+ programs to choose from
- Small classes with hands-on learning
- Use the skills you learn to go directly to work or to get a better job while in college
- Real-world learning projects in every program
- Free classes for district high school students
- Earn college credit
- Free transportation for district high school students
- Meet friends from 10 area schools
- Many self-paced programs
- Leadership opportunities
The Enrollment Timeline
Seeing is believing at Meridian! We’ve seen the light come on for students when they realize that coming to Tech gives them a hands-on way to apply much of what they’ve learned in high school. We have several opportunities throughout the year to share what we do with your students.
October, November and December: Meridian Counselors visit your students high school to talk to them about Tech. Students will learn about the programs Meridian offers and upcoming opportunities to visit campus.
January: District sophomores tour campus during the school day for Meridian’s Sophomore Showcase. You and your student are invited back for an evening Open House that is held later in the month. During the Open House, teachers and current students will be in the classroom to talk to students about the program, share projects they’ve worked on and answer any questions students or parents have about the program or coming to Tech.
February: Priority enrollment is February 1.
March: Admissions decisions are made and letters sent to students. Students will find out if they have been accepted into a program, put on a waiting list or not admitted to Meridian.
April: Students and their families complete the final step of their enrollment at Tech during Meridian’s Signing Day event. Students will be asked to sign a letter of intent regarding their acceptance into a program at Tech.
Student and Parent Portal
We know you like to take an active role in your student’s education. Students have access to their quarterly course grade and daily attendance record through Meridian’s online student portal, and now you can, too. They can also see their plan of study, which includes WorkKeys assessments, volunteer hours and certification tests, all as they become available throughout the year. Contact the Career Planning Center at 405.377.3333 to learn more about how you can gain access to the portal. After we verify your information, account details and portal instructions can be sent to you via email.
Please note that parents or guardians of students under 18 have the right to request records. Students 18 or older must give permission for information to be released to parents, according to the Family Rights and Privacy Act. See the Meridian Technology Center attendance policy in our student handbook for more specific information about student attendance, specifically (I-407) Attendance in Full-Time Training.
For questions or to update your contact information in the portal, please contact the Career Planning Center.
Forgot my password
If you forgot your password, please contact the Career Planning Center. You may be asked to answer questions to verify your identity and/or visit the school to show photo identification. Once your identity has been verified, you will be provided access to the portal.