High Plains Highlights

High Plains Technology Center has provided state of the art, technical education and career training to high school students, adults, businesses and industries in northwest Oklahoma since 1982.  We are proud of our students and former students and the impact that they have on our communities and NW Oklahoma. 

HPTC is the leading, Global Wind  Organisation, training provider in the United States according to the GWO Annual Report. 

High Plains Technology Center led the Americas with 4,268 GWO training modules during 2020. The GWO Annual report was recently published and clearly shows the continued increase of growth in the Wind Industry which leads to increased need for training. HPTC, keeping in line with our mission, has met the needs of the current industry by providing the training at the rate of growth that is taking place. Thank you to all of our great Instructors who have been working hard to help others work safer every day on the job.

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HPTC Names New Superintendent - Barclay Holt. 

The HPTC Board of Education voted unanimously Feb 1 to hire Barclay Hold as the district's new superintendend beginning July 1. Mr. Barclay Holt is currently serving as Asst. Superintendent for HPTC.







The Journal Record - Harnessing wind from 300 feet in the air. 

When wind comes sweeping down the plains these days, it brings great opportunities for people like John Munoz and Jerry Dominguez, students ready to graduate from a wind energy training program at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward. It might be said that the future of wind as an energy source - or at least its future in Oklahoma and in a broader region including Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Kansas - arrives first in Woodward.

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Association For Career & Technical Education - Educational Institution Members Spotlight: Danna Goss.

Meet Danna Goss, Technical Applications Program instructor at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, OK. Goss's interview appears as part of a spotlight series on ACTE's educational institution members (EIM).

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Association For Career & Technical Education - Educational Institution Members Spotlight: Jack Day.

Meet Jack Day, wind technology instructor at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Oklahoma. Day’s interview appears as part of a spotlight series on ACTE’s educational institution members (EIM).

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Practical Nursing students graduate despite COVID-19!

Congrats to the graduates of the Practical Nursing Class of 2020!

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Assistant Supt. Barclay Holt named the Oklahoma HOSA Administrator of the Year!

Mr. Holt was named the HOSA Administrator of the Year on the Virtual Oklahoma HOSA State Leadership Conference Celebration on April 22, 2020. “Being named the outstanding administrator for HOSA says so much more about the students and staff at High Plains Technology Center than it does me as a professional,” Holt said. “The efforts that each of our Career Tech student organization’s and their advisors put into making our students and programs successful is probably one of the most under recognized feats that happen in the education community each and every day.”

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HPTC Spring 2020 COVID-19 Student Guide!

• The purpose of this guide is to provide answers and  guidance during the
COVID-19 pandemic and steps moving forward
• Consistent with directives from our Governor, CDC, State Dept. of
CareerTech., and our local board, our campus will be closed to the public
through April 30, 2020.
• Our plan is to reopen our campus to the general public May 1, 2020, but daytime
students will not be back on campus for the remainder of this semester.

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Oklahoma CareerTech Develops World Class Workforce.

The Oklahoma Career and Technology Education System focuses every day on developing a world-class workforce.

“Oklahoma CareerTech partners with business and educational institutions to enhance career awareness, increase educational attainment and meet the needs of our state,” said Marcie Mack, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education state director. “CareerTech is an integral part of Oklahoma’s economy.

The Oklahoma CareerTech System is celebrating CareerTech Education Month in February. Gov. Kevin Stitt recently issued a proclamation declaring this month as Career and Technical Education Appreciation Month in Oklahoma.

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HPTC Superintendent Mr. Dwight Hughes named The 2019 Woodward Citizen of the Year!

Mr. Hughes received the honor during the Woodward Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at the Conference Center.

A longtime educator in Oklahoma's nationally recognized CareerTech System, Hughes, a native of Freedom, joined High Plains in 2008 after spending several years with Northwest Technology Center. He was appointed High Plains superintendent in 2011.

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High Plains Technology Center Concludes Busiest Year Ever for Wind Turbine Training!

High Plains Technology Center, a vocational school that is the first technology center in Oklahoma focused on wind turbine training, concluded its busiest year ever for the number of technicians trained in standardized safety and emergency procedures by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO).

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HPTC and Oklahomma Panhandle State University break ground on an innovative new technology center in Guymon

On November 22nd, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and High Plains Technology Center formally announced a joint $1.5 million grant, and held a groundbreaking to build a new welding technology training center in the Guymon Industrial Park. The grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, will be matched with $389,504 in local investment and is expected to help create 30 jobs.



Harper Brothers Use Their Gift to Succeed

Tevin and Taydon Harper were given a gift from their late father, Terrel Harper that will benefit them for a lifetime. The two brothers feel they inherited the gift of being mechanically inclined from their father, who was a great Diesel Mechanic.

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Kelsy Grunewald, Recipient of Ted Kyle Memorial Scholarship

Kelsy Grunewald, adult student in the Practical Nursing Program, is the recipient of the 2016 Ted Kyle Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship was established by the family of Ted Kyle in honor of his many years of service as a member on the High Plains Technology Center board.  Ted Kyle was instrumental in getting High Plains Technology Center off the ground. All adult students at HPTC are eligible to apply for the scholarship. 

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Grey Berry Diesel Tech State Champion

Grey Berry, a High Plains Tech Center Diesel student, placed first and earned a gold medal in Diesel Equipment Technology at the State SkillsUSA contest April 18th, 2016 at Tulsa Tech Center. Grey competed against adults from across the state in 14 troubleshooting stations. Each station had a written test and hands-on skills assessments.


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Sheena Dauphin Overcomes Obstacles to Succeed

It's not the average Cinderella story. But it is, indeed, the story of a local woman dealing with difficult hurdles who, with the help of a fairy God mother of sorts and some dogged determination of her own, found a way to go to the ball. Sheena Dauphin, a High Plains Technology Center graduate, pushed the envelope of not only her commitment to school and self improvement, she also stretched her creative bounds beyond what she thought she was capable of.

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Students Receive Wind Tech Certifications

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, High Plains Technology Center celebrated 12 Wind Tech students as they completed the 20 week Wind Tech training and received their certifications. Another is expected to graduate on July 1, 2016. All 13 students have either accepted or been offered a job in the Wind Industry! This is the fifth class that has gone through this program at HPTC. There has been a return on investment for students in this class with a 100% hire rate for those who are qualified, finished the course, and applied with Wind Companies. Overall there is a 92% hire rate for past and present classes combined. A few students either chose not to explore a career in Wind, or didn’t pass background screening.

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Amber Baker wins first place at HOSA International Leadership Conference

Amber Baker, an adult student at HIgh Plains Technology Center won first place in Prepared Speaking at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville in June.  

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Taydon and Tevin Harper
Kelsy Grunewald



Grey Berry


Sheena Dauphin