Canadian Valley Technology Center picks up pieces after May storms

The May 31 tornado ripped through Canadian Valley's El Reno campus, destroying 90 percent of its buildings. Programs and classes have resumed, including services for business and industry.
by Paul Monies Modified: September 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: September 7, 2013
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“It was our home — then it wasn't for three months — and now it's our home again,” Hulsey said. “We've had to farm a lot of training about to different locations. We're gathering those back up and able to offer training again at that building.”

Hulsey said being back on campus also helps because it's closer to many of the companies using training services, such as Halliburton Co., Schlumberger Ltd., Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Nomac Drilling, that have operations in Canadian County.

Canadian Valley's wind technician training program resumed two weeks after the May 31 storm. Kramer said the four-week program provides training for students looking for jobs in the growing wind industry. Students getting certification can get starting wages of between $16 and $18 per hour. The program has a placement rate of more than 90 percent.

“Wind farms in Oklahoma really depend on our students and program like ours,” Kramer said. “If you want a job, you can get a job. These guys are ready to go to work on the first day.”

In the meantime, about 800 students in 17 full-time programs are taking classes at the former John Holt Chevrolet dealership on Garth Brooks Boulevard in Yukon. . The Church of Christ South Yukon donated space for the Early Care and Education program, which includes a three-star day care as a training lab.


by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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It was our home — then it wasn't for three months — and now it's our home again. We've had to farm a lot of training about to different locations. We're gathering those back up and able to offer training again at that building.”

Bill Hulsey,
Director of business and industry services

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