The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


February 18, 2013

Check out Autry Tech

ENID, Okla. — One of the jewels in Enid’s educational crown is Autry Technology Center.

The school and its programs were showcased Sunday during its annual open house. Nearly 30 of the training programs available at Autry were highlighted.

The school has just about everything you can imagine, from culinary classes to classes on how to install compressed natural gas systems in vehicles.

Health care classes are popular at Autry Tech, too, as are those for electronics, welding, information technology, administrative services, automotive technology, accounting services, air conditioning, collision repair, diesel technology and power products.

Autry Tech annually serves thousands of people, including area employees who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Department, which works with more than 400 local businesses each year.

The school has been part of the Enid community since 1967, and is one of 29 CareerTech schools in Oklahoma.

Last month, Autry Tech earned top billing in a new Journal Record list of technology centers in Oklahoma.

The school’s 38,084 enrollment during 2011-12 is what brought home the top honor. The biggest share of that enrollment — 35,022 students — were enrolled as business and industry students.

The Journal Record included several factors taken to compile the list ranking. Aside from enrollment, the list compares fiscal year 2012 budget, adult tuition cost per class hour, the number of faculty and other employees and job placement results.

Autry’s placement rate is 95 percent. “Placement” is when the student completes courses and enters his or her career field, goes to the military or goes on to further education.

We firmly believe more education is better, especially when it comes to employment opportunities.

We also know not everyone is cut out for college, and that’s where the CareerTech system — including Autry Tech — comes in. Autry Tech offers a great education for young people who want a career, or for older adults looking for a career change.

We’d encourage anyone interested to contact Autry Tech and see what the school has to offer.

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