South Addition at the Central Tech campus in Drumright in 2024

Central Tech, a leading provider of technical education, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Drumright campus with the addition of a new south wing. This expansion, initiated by former superintendent Ron Dyer, aims to create more space for the Biomedical Sciences (Biomed) Academy, allowing it to accommodate a greater number of students and enhance the educational experience. 

The new south addition at Central Tech’s Drumright campus comprises three distinct areas designed to meet the evolving needs of students, faculty, and the community. As students enter the new addition, they will be welcomed by an entrance and lobby that provides a covered entry to keep them out of the weather when exiting the bus. This area will also serve as a lobby for individuals utilizing the conference center. 

A significant feature of the south addition is the Cimarron Conference Center, a versatile space that will serve as a meeting venue for Central Tech, its business partners, and clients. This center will also double as a tornado shelter and is designed to accommodate over 800 people, which would safely accommodate all persons on campus.  

Lobby area of the south addition on the Drumright campus of Central Tech
Cimarron Conference Center in Drumright at Central Tech

The third section of the south addition will house the expanded Biomedical Sciences classroom. Through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the program will extend its offerings from junior and senior high school students to a full academy. Starting with incoming sophomores in high school, the expanded program will increase capacity from 30 to 60 students. Additionally, the program’s duration will be extended from a 2-year program to a comprehensive 3-year program. 

Shane Bruce, Campus Director of Central Tech in Drumright, expressed his enthusiasm for the expansion, saying, “We are thrilled to offer the Biomedical Sciences Academy to more students, effectively doubling our capacity. By extending the PLTW program, we will provide an exceptional educational experience, preparing students for successful careers in the medical field.” 

New Biomedical Science classroom at Central Tech in Drumright
Ribbon cutting at Central Techs Drumright campus south addition in August 2024

Kent Burris, Superintendent of Central Tech, commented, “This campus expansion is an exciting milestone for Central Tech as we continue to grow and meet the needs of the workforce. We are dedicated to providing quality technical education and creating opportunities for our students to excel.” 

Looking ahead, Central Tech has ambitious plans. The organization will soon unveil the grand opening of its cosmetology program on the Sapulpa campus, further diversifying its educational offerings in Sapulpa. Central Tech aims to expand its range of full-time programs in the coming years, including doubling the enrollment in the Truck Driver Training program within two years. Collaboration with other educational partners will be pursued to maximize opportunities for students, while the business and industry department intends to extend its reach to more businesses in the district. Furthermore, Central Tech’s short-term training initiatives will focus on researching and expanding law enforcement training opportunities. 

Central Tech remains committed to its mission of providing excellent technical education that meets the demands of a rapidly evolving workforce, preparing individuals for successful careers and contributing to the growth and development of the local community.