Students from our Cosmetology, Design Drafting, Medical Assisting, Business and Information Technology (BIT), Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia, Pipeline Technology, and Surgical Technology programs volunteered at the 49th annual Special Olympics Summer games in Stillwater on May 9th and 10th.

Central Tech has become a regular at the Special Olympics Summer games. “They literally schedule the events around when Central Tech can be there,” said Monica Frick, Cosmetology instructor. “It’s a blessing for my students to participate; they love it.”

At the event, students assisted with judging and working with individual athletes, coaches and parents.

Community service is an important part of the Central Tech experience. The Central Tech connection with Special Olympics is grounded in the belief that we can instill a sense of community and compassion in our students. “No matter who we are, everyone needs love, understanding and a support system,” said Tammy Silkwood, the Medical Assisting instructor. “We all look forward to Special Olympics and seeing the participants’ hard work, excitement and their never give up attitudes.”

The goal of Special Olympics is for individuals with disabilities to have opportunities to share their gifts and talents and be accepted within their communities. The athletes, big and small train for the big day along with their coaches. Their families, peers and community members are there to encourage and support them along the way.

To learn more about Special Olympics and ways you can volunteer visit or contact Kate Wigent, Volunteer Manager at For more information on the classes and programs Central Tech offers, visit