Meridian News
New Short Courses Focused on Personal and Professional Development
January 3, 2020

Meridian Technology Center has recently announced new personal and professional development short courses.

“We have a wide variety of new classes for people to explore in the next few months. Whether they simply want to have fun or if they are interested in enrolling in a short course to prepare for a full-time career, we have several new classes to choose from,” said Titus Lester, Meridian’s Coordinator of Short-Term Courses.

Some of the new classes for 2020 include Your Money Personality, Credit Card Rewards, Life Skills for Adolescents, Toilet Repair and My Bees Survived, Now What?

For individuals interested in pursuing a career in machining, the Gene Haas Foundation has provided a $10,000 scholarship grant that will cover tuition for students training to learn CNC skills in Meridian’s evening Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining Operations and Programming short courses.

CNC machinists are skilled workers who are able to make all types of parts using metal, plastic and a wide variety of other materials using both manual and computer-aided machines. Students in these courses will learn how to setup and operate all of the basic CNC machine tools and the usage of all of the common precision measuring tools. The properties of different metals to be machined as well as how to read engineering drawings will also be covered. Students in the CNC Programming course will also learn how to use CNC lathes and CNC milling machines.

In addition to offering full-time career training for high school and adult students, customized business solutions for local industries, and assistance for budding entrepreneurs, Meridian also serves as a place where district residents can expand their skills and explore their interests.

“It’s a new year and the perfect time to set a goal to learn a new skill. We’re always looking for new course offerings and ways to improve the classes that we teach on a regular basis. We try to make coming to Meridian for classes as easy as possible,” Lester said.

Each semester Meridian offers hundreds of courses. Many of the professional development short courses have classes during both the day and evening hours, and often meet one or two times during the week. If time is a factor, online training is also available.

Meridian has a new set of classes each spring, summer and fall. For a complete listing of this semester’s courses visit If there is a short course that you would like to see offered at Meridian or if you need information regarding the Gene Haas machining scholarship grant, contact Titus Lester at or (405) 377-3333.

Meridian Technology Center has been a driver of economic development since 1975. With a mission to educate, enrich lives and secure economic futures, Meridian offers full-time career training programs, short courses, Business and Industry services and entrepreneurial support to residents from the Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts. Meridian is one of 29 schools within Oklahoma’s CareerTech system.

For more information or to enroll visit or contact a career counselor by phone at (405) 377-3333 or toll-free at (888) 607-2509.


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