Meridian News

Monday, Apr 21, 2014

Brad Rickelman, Assistant Director of the Meridian Technology Center for Business Development, was recently elected to the Oklahoma Venture Forum Board of Directors.

The Oklahoma Venture Forum is a nonprofit corporation organized to encourage economic development in Oklahoma. The organization works to increase the utilization of Oklahoma's resources, resulting in the establishment and growth of new and existing business ventures.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

Have you wanted to learn how to weld but didn't know where to start? Meridian offers a Welding Fundamentals class that provides students with the foundational skills they need for this growing industry. Students in this class begin at whatever level of experience they have. Participants will learn how to set up the welding machine for different kinds of metals. They will learn different welding joints and all positions while being introduced to stick welding, flex core, shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

XploSafe, LLC, recently received a Developmental Testing and Evaluation Designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the company’s XploSens Explosives Trace Detection Technology.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

Quinton Griesel recently completed his capstone project in his Culinary Arts training program at Meridian. Griesel’s cake features ornate sugar crystals, tinted fondant and an intricate hand-piped icing design. Including designing, baking and the applying the base icing and detail work, the Pawnee High School Senior spent nearly a week on his culinary creation.

Additional cake decorating final projects can be seen below.

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014

A company is often known for its strong leadership. It can also be known for how it engages its employees and develops the organization's next generation of leaders.

Perkins student Shawn McChesney makes a careful cut in the SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking student contest.
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014

Spring means it’s student contest time in the CareerTech system.

Beck’s Farm Equipment was selected as the 2014 Partners for Progress award recipient for Meridian Technology Center. Each year the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers recognizes business and industry partners that assist local technology centers in promoting their mission and purpose. Doug Major, Meridian Technology Center Superintendent/CEO; Dana Wallace, Meridian Director of Communications and Marketing, Talleri and Ray Beck, owners of Beck’s Farm Equipment; Kim Strom, Meridian Coordinator of Computer Training; Marcy Luter, Meridian Coordinator of Staff and Management Development and Rebecca Eastham, Meridian Director of Business and Industry Services, participated in the annual event.
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014

Beck’s Farm Equipment has been named a Partners for Progress award winner by the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers.

Monday, Feb 24, 2014

Improving the safety culture in your organization is a long-term and sometimes challenging process, but it is possible. And it’s worth it – prevention is a smart business strategy and simply the right thing to do.

On March 11, as part of the ongoing HR Matters series co-sponsored by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Meridian Technology Center, Kurt Mendel, Safety Training Coordinator at Meridian, will share about “Improving Your Safety Culture.”

Sports Field Removal, LLC is located in the Meridian Technology Center for Business Development. The company specializes in the removal of artificial athletic field turf. Using advanced machinery, the company is able to remove more turf in less time than its competitors. While in the business incubator, company owners are able to take advantage of services offered to tenants including office support and management guidance. One of their most recent projects was the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field resurfacing.
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014

When it came to watching the 2014 Sugar Bowl game, Matt Bixler and Jay McIntyre had their eyes firmly fixated on the field.

It wasn’t because of an affinity for either team playing for the title. Instead it was because their company, Sports Field Removal, LLC, had just played a significant role in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field resurfacing.

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014

Meridian Technology Center Culinary Arts student Kylie Payne and instructor Donna Cantrell recently received two of the highest awards from the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

Payne, a second-year student at Meridian and senior at Perkins-Tryon High School, was named the Oklahoma ProStart Student of the Year. Cantrell, a 12-year veteran instructor at Meridian, received the Oklahoma ProStart Instructor of the Year award.

"I want a life as a forensic anthropologist."
- Savannah Jenkins,