The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2013

February 16, 2013

A spark in Enrollment

Autry Technology Center follows the trends in employment in Enid, the surrounding area


ENID, Okla. — Learning to troubleshoot

Every company, every industry and a growing number of households rely on a variety of technological devices. Electronic technicians install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair automated equipment controlled by electrical, electronic and computer systems used in a wide variety of applications, such as industrial robots and automated controls.

Monte Reggow, electronic systems instructor, puts it simply: “If you want to know how things work, this is where you will learn it.”

His students have gone on to be instrument and electrical technicians, oil field equipment maintenance specialists, information technology technicians, maintenance technicians and more.

“You can hire somebody off the street to run this equipment, but if a wire gets removed, it’s not going to run — and who can fix it?” Reggow said. “One of my students can fix it.”

A boom in business

There is a growing need for administrative professionals as well as professionals who can work on computers. A variety of classes offered at Autry help this area, including administrative services, accounting services, information technology and several classes focused on computers, software, leadership and management and succession planning.

Melissa Hula, instructor in the business department at Autry, said the department houses four programs, and students range from high school and college students to adults. Some students already are working in their fields and are sent by their employers to learn specific skills.

The majority of the young students go on to college, where they use their knowledge in their future coursework, Hula said.

“Now computers are in every area of business that we serve,” Hula said.

The business department will stretch out in the fall, when instructors begin teaching in a second location.

“We’re really excited that we have been asked to come in to the University Center at Enid High School next semester,” Hula said.5

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Progress 2013
  • Progress cover page.jpg 2013 OUR HERITAGE, OUR FUTURE

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual Progress edition. This year's 2013 Our Heritage, Our Future focuses the Enid area's rich heritage and its current and future endeavors.

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    Links to Full Edition pdf format: Economic Development | Health & Wellness | Education | Northwest Oklahoma | Faith | Family | Agriculture & Energy | Community Service

    Our Progress edition also is available as part of our digital newspaper. Learn more about the ENE e-edition HERE.

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  • Bob Farrell_1_BV.jpg A time to give

    Bob Farrell volunteers for a number of organizations throughout Enid, a labor of love that began during his 25-year active duty Air Force career, at which time he rose to the rank of chief master sergeant.

    April 13, 2013 2 Photos 1 Link

  • experiment.jpg Growth spurt

    The market normally opens the second Saturday of May, the week after Tri-State Music Festival. June 22 is the annual GreEnid promotion. Hours are 8-11 a.m. each Saturday during the season.

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    Cherokee Strip Community Foundation was started in 1999 and began receiving funds in 2000. The initial funds were raised because of a challenge match from Sisters of Mercy, former owners of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, which started the match program as a way to help the community.

    April 13, 2013 2 Photos 1 Link

  • Foster_Grandparent_BH.jpg 'I love you Grandma warms my heart'

    “I can tell Grandma one time, and she knows what the children need, grabs her stuff and goes and does it. It’s like having another teacher.” — Hoover Elementary teacher Nicole Moneypenny

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  • AmTryke_3_BV.jpg AMBUCS pride

    “Enid is known as the AMBUCS capital of the world because there’s more AMBUCS in Enid per capita than any other city in the country." — Kent Clingenpeel, National AMBUCS president and Enid AM AMBUCS member

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  • Volunteers_Alisha Jones_4.jpg 'A beautiful thing'

    “When we talk about developing professional airmen, our community involvement is a big part of it.” — Col. Darren James, commander of 71st Flying Training Wing

    April 13, 2013 4 Photos 1 Link

  • Stepping_Stones_1_BH.jpg Helping people overcome

    Stepping Stones and Van’s House are housed at the same facility and are there to provide help for those who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.

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  • Park Avenue Thrift_1_BV.jpg People making a difference

    From vocational rehabilitation and homeless shelter services to community arts programs, a significant portion of Enid’s non-profit causes benefit directly when people shop at or donate to local thrift stores.

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  • JWL_1_BV.jpg Care to share

    Junior Welfare League bought adjoining buildings downtown and has been operating Return Engagement from one of the buildings but hopes to expand the store throughout both buildings.

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