Meridian News

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

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.

Students in the Evening Cosmetology program at Meridian will style the hair of models in the upcoming Stillwater Bridal Showcase. Stillwater student Lauren Taylor practices one of the styles that will be featured during the show.
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015

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.”

Cosmetology student Coral Garcia works on a client’s hair in the salon at Meridian Technology Center. Garcia credits of much of her confidence to the time she spent working with Martha Walter, a Spanish translator at Meridian Technology Center.
Monday, Jan 12, 2015

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.

More than 2,700 community leaders currently serve on school boards throughout Oklahoma. These individuals help shape the direction of public education within the state. Members of the Meridian Technology Center Board of Education include from left to right, Randy Kellogg, Sherri Huneycutt, Dr. Joe Williams, Jerry Franklin and Gary Johnson.
Friday, Jan 9, 2015

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.

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014

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.

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

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.

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014

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.

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

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.

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

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 Machine owner Tony Ziegelgruber maintains his client and customer expectations by having a highly trained workforce. The Guthrie machine shop owner has partnered with Meridian Technology Center for customized industry training for his employees.
Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014

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.”