Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 46

#10 Small/Medium Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @NWTechCenter U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Alva, Oklahoma Industry: Education Status: Public U.S. Employees: 53 (does not include part-time employees) Oklahoma Employees: 53 (does not include part- time employees) Year Founded: 1969 founding of district; first school year 1972-73 Company Leader: Daren Slater, Superintendent I n northwest Oklahoma, if you want to get training for your job or take a course to learn a specific skill, or if you are a high school student who is looking to get a head start on a career, Northwest Technology Center is your go-to stop. Northwest Technology Center is part of the Oklahoma Ca- reerTech system and has campuses in Alva and Fairview that serve high school and adult students as well as business and industry customers from Woods, Major, Blaine, Alfalfa, Wood- ward, Harper and Dewey counties. During the 2017-18 school year, the school had approximately 14,000 enrollments through its business and industry services, adult career development and daytime career programs. The technology center accommodates its staff by openly com- municating, offering a family-friendly culture and encouraging a team approach. Employees have said they like the center’s flexibil- ity for personal and family needs, the opportunities for organiza- tional involvement, the pay and benefits and the health and well- ness activities. The center also offers an educational assistance policy to encourage staff members to develop professionally. 46 2018 Best Places to Work “We’re a great place to work because of our climate. We are a small organization where everyone knows each other on a personal level. We provide a family-oriented place to work,” said Superintendent Daren Slater. “Everybody feels like they have a part in the organization where staff have a specific purpose and understand our goals.” Northwest Technology Center has won the Oklahoma Associa- tion of Technology Centers’ Gold Star Award 12 times, both cam- puses are certified by the Oklahoma State Department of Health as healthy campuses and the technology center has previously been named to the Best Places to Work List in Oklahoma list, placing in the top 10 for small/medium employers. Slater said the center hires the best people and then works to provide them with the tools they need for success. They also offer team-building activities and the administration listens to staff members’ suggestions for improvement. “We operate as a team, understanding that it takes all staff being engaged and committed to our mission to make us successful and also a great place to work. The Journal Record