Fort Enviromental Laboratories President Shares Entrepreneurial Journey on February 19
In 2001, when Doug and Deanne Fort made the decision to take a leap of faith and start their own business, they could have easily found themselves struggling like a fish out of water.
Instead, more than a decade later, the Forts run Fort Environmental Laboratories, one of the world’s only in-life toxicology labs that specializes in research on amphibians and fish. Deanne, Chief Financial Officer, handles the business activities while Doug focuses on the technical aspects of the business.
It takes more than 1,500 hours of training to become a cosmetologist in Oklahoma, but students in the Evening Cosmetology program at Meridian Technology Center are learning there are a variety of business options for them beyond working with clients in the salon.
“Most of the students from the program graduate, take their state boards and then start working in a salon, but that’s really just the beginning of what they can do with their training,” said instructor Sue Dearinger. “When they leave this program I want them to know that they have lots of options.”
Spanish-speaking students at Meridian Technology Center have the opportunity to gain more than career training. With the addition of the school’s Spanish translation services, students can also learn to navigate the English language.
January is designated as National School Board Recognition month and this year’s theme, “School Boards Make a World of Difference,” couldn’t be more appropriate.
The members of the Meridian Technology Center Board of Education aren’t just your neighbors. They are your voice.
Students Gain Hands-on Experience In Building Trades Programs With New Home Construction
Meridian students enrolled in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Electrical Technology, Masonry, and Residential and Commercial Construction have begun a different kind of homework.
Students in all four programs have begun construction of a 1,975-square-foot home in Stillwater’s Eagle Summit Addition. Home construction will take place over two school years and enables students to experience the home construction from the framing to the finishing stages. The house will feature a spacious 3 bedroom/3 bath home with a private study, formal dining room and a breakfast area.
If you want to work somewhere with a great environment, Meridian Technology Center’s current employees want you to know that you don’t have to look far.
The Oklahoman just named the school one of the Top Workplaces in Oklahoma and awarded Meridian with special recognition for its focus on employee training opportunities.
On any given day, the technology center’s 100 plus employees are eager to share what makes their organization great.
It’s a generational thing. Generation MTC, that is.
Northcentral Oklahoma 8th-graders, the next generation of Meridian Technology Center students, recently had a chance to investigate career options that reflect many of the things they already enjoy during the annual Generation MTC Career Expo.
What started as a stark working lab space, will soon be filled with twinkling lights, festive garland and holiday cheer.
Masonry students at Meridian Technology Center have created a winter wonderland carved of brick and stone in preparation for their annual Open House.
Students will showcase their creativity and craftmanship in elaborate projects such as outdoor fireplaaces, a waterfall and paved walkway. Join them in the Masonry classroom on December 11 from 8 am to 7 pm and December 12 from 8 am to 3:00 pm.
Sparks are frequently flying in the Welding program at Meridian. On any given day, students are applying one of the numerous welding techniques to join, cut or manipulate metal. Whether students are interested in working for a big company or running their own rig, they will learn a variety of welding techniques that will prepare them to handle jobs big and small. This career has been hot since we opened our doors in 1975!
Zeco Machining is one of a select dock-to-stock machining producers for oil and gas manufacturers.
In an industry where millimeters matter, owner Tony Ziegelgruber maintains his client and customer expectations by having a highly trained workforce.
“What we’re making has to be flawless. There’s literally no room for error,” he explained. “It goes from our shop straight to the shelves with no middle man in between. We have to be absolutely certain that our product is perfect.”