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Welcome to Wes Watkins Technology Center! Since 1987, WWTC has been helping area residents achieve their career goals and improve their way of life.

WWTC is dedicated to helping every student succeed. Well-equipped classrooms and computer labs enhance the student's learning capabilities. Our district serves portions of four counties: Okmulgee, Okfuskee, Hughes, and McIntosh, which include ten partner schools.

WWTC offers 42 career majors under 6 different career clusters. High schools students who attend the technology center can take advantage of our math and science classes.

WWTC is a proud member of Oklahoma's distinquished CareerTech system. We are recognized by the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers as a 21-time winner of the prestigious Gold Star School Designation, and is one of only 5 schools in the nation to receive the first Gold Improvement Award from the Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) initiative.

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WWTC Millage Election Information

October 30, 2014
Letter Three, To Wes Watkins Technology Center District,

I encourage you to watch the video and review the information included in the following link.  As you watch the video, imagine what it would mean for our local economy and families if training programs like the ones featured were available at Wes Watkins Technology Center.

link to video

Wes Watkins Tech Center can offer quality high-skilled manufacturing and welding training equal to or better than what you just viewed.  The proposed Welding Fabrication Center would provide the high-skilled training that manufacturing, pipeline, and oil field service companies need.  The jobs are high-wage and in high-demand.  A much needed high-wage health program would offer the same opportunities, but quality programs like these come with a cost.

Together, we can make this happen!   Passage of Wes Watkins Tech Center’s millage levy Tuesday, November 4th can make it happen.  A quality CareerTech program providing a certified workforce is a competitive advantage for local economic development efforts to grow more jobs and elevate our local economy.  Together, we can attract, retain, and grow jobs and businesses in our communities.  Together, we can provide opportunities for our children that will let them stay home after they graduate and are competing for the best jobs. 

Early voting begins Thursday October 30th.  Voters of the Wes Watkins Tech Center district are being asked to approve a millage levy to create and expand programs and services for students.  Ballot question #1 asks voters to approve a 5 mill building fund levy.  Ballot question #2 asks voters to make the approved levy permanent.  Remind neighbors, family, friends, employees, co-workers, and others to vote.

The Wes Watkins Tech Center district serves Hughes, Okfuskee, and portions of McIntosh and Okmulgee counties.  The area has one of the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma.  Currently, the only millage for Wes Watkins Tech Center is the original general fund millage passed in 1987, when the technology center was established.   The cost of the proposed millage levy for a home valued at $60,000 is $28 a year with homestead exemption, $33 a year without homestead exemption according to our local county assessors.

Wes Watkins Tech Center is a vital partner in job growth.  The WWTC Board of Education and I believe that by partnering with local leaders and businesses we can grow jobs and elevate our local economy.  The election is about investing in our kids, building a stronger local economy, creating a workforce to bring jobs here and keep our children home.   That’s good for everyone.  For more information about the millage levy contact me at 405-452-5568.

Respectfully,
Wade Walling, Superintendent

 

October 27, 2014
Letter Two, Create an Economic Development Program to Grow Jobs

Letter to Wes Watkins Technology Center District,
A critical millage levy will be on the ballot November 4. Voters of the Wes Watkins Technology Center district are being asked to approve a millage levy to create and expand programs and services for students. In addition to adding new high wage programs for students such as a welding fabrication center, passage of the millage levy will allow WWTC to create an economic development program to grow more jobs. The Wes Watkins Tech Center district serves Hughes, Okfuskee, and portions of McIntosh and Okmulgee counties. The area has one of the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma.
We must do more to attract, retain, and grow jobs and businesses in our area. The WWTC board of education and I are committed to create an economic development program to assist local businesses to retain the jobs we have and work with community leaders to grow new jobs for the area. We will partner with the economic development organizations and leaders in our local communities to grow jobs.
Passage of the two millage levy questions will allow WWTC to create the needed economic development program. Ballot question #1 asks voters to approve a 5 mill levy. Ballot question #2 asks voters to make the approved levy permanent. Several years ago, Oklahomans realized the cost of re-voting school millage each year. Voters passed a state question to make school millage permanent. This question allows the millage to be permanent and save repeated election costs. As an example, last year’s technology center school board election cost over $20,000. A permanent levy gives assurance that an economic development program to grow jobs will not go away just because of an annual millage election.
Currently, the only millage for Wes Watkins Technology Center is the original general fund millage passed in 1987, when the technology center was established. The cost of the proposed millage levy for a home valued at $60,000 is $28 a year with homestead exemption, $33 a year without homestead exemption according to our local county assessors.
Wes Watkins is a vital partner in job growth. The WWTC board of education and I believe that by partnering with local leaders and businesses we can grow jobs and elevate our local economy. The election is about investing in our kids, building a stronger local economy, creating a workforce to bring jobs here and keep our children home. That’s good for everyone. For more information about the millage levy contact me at 405-452-5568.

Respectfully,
Wade Walling, Superintendent


October 22, 2014
Letter One, Create and Expand Programs and Services for Students

Letter to Wes Watkins Technology Center District,
Voters of the Wes Watkins Technology Center district have the opportunity to approve a millage levy on November 4, to create and expand programs and services for students.  The 5 mill levy will add programs to give local high school and adult students opportunities to learn high-demand technology-driven skills to help them have wealth-building careers.  Currently, WWTC has to turn away students, because we do not have enough programs to meet the growing demand.  We need to add more programs in order to accept more students.
New programs added will be high wage earning programs such as a welding fabrication center preparing students to be pipeline certified welders.  The welding center, operational year round, will provide day and evening classes for students preparing to pass the state pipeline test and current welders seeking new certifications.  The welding center will also include specialization in aluminum.  Additionally, WWTC will add a high wage health program needed in our area, and expand the biomedical science academy STEM program adding classes in chemistry & engineering.
We have an obligation to assure student safety and security, and provide safe reliable buses for our children.  Presently, we do not have a storm shelter or safe room on our campus in the event of a severe storm or emergency.  The tech center would be eligible to apply for a FEMA grant to build the needed safe room if voters approve the millage levy.  The safe room will be a multi-purpose facility allowing WWTC to house a safety training facility for local companies, volunteer firefighters, and police.  A much needed campus surveillance system for safety of students and critical upgrade to our aging bus fleet will also be funded by approval of the millage levy.    
The technology center has been operating without a building fund, keeping WWTC from adding programs to serve students.  A building fund is the best avenue to allow WWTC to create and expand programs and services.  Currently, the only millage for Wes Watkins Technology Center is the original general fund millage passed in 1987, when Wes Watkins Technology Center was established.   The cost of the proposed millage levy for a home valued at $60,000 is $28 a year with homestead exemption, $33 a year without homestead exemption according to our local county assessors.
This election is about investing in our kids, building a stronger local economy, creating a workforce to bring jobs here and keep our children home.  Wes Watkins Technology Center teaches valuable skills providing our children a competitive advantage when they graduate and are competing for the best jobs.  For more information about the millage levy contact me at 405-452-5568.

Respectfully,
Wade Walling, Superintendent

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