On a bright, sunny June afternoon, dignitaries, elected officials and guests from throughout the Tulsa area recently celebrated a ribbon cutting for Tulsa Tech’s newest facility, the Industry Training Center.
The 12,000 square foot facility is designed to provide training in three main areas – welding, machining and workplace safety. The Industry Training Center had a “soft” opening last fall and is already buzzing with training for multiple companies.
“This is the first facility that Tulsa Tech has dedicated to customized industry training and will allow for us to serve our business partners 24/7,” said Dr. Steve Tiger, Tulsa Tech Superintendent and CEO. “And the training that is taking place happens almost that often.”
Serving approximately 750 companies over the last year, Tulsa Tech’s Industry Training Center will help to continue and expand the offerings of customized employee training for companies large and small. Fully adapted training opportunities can be achieved at the new facility, one of six campus locations or on-location at the place of business.
“It doesn’t matter the size of the company or the industry, the number one thing that we hear about from companies looking to expand or relocate to our region is ‘can you help us find an available, skilled, well-trained workforce,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The partnership that we have had with Tulsa Tech and the customized training that you are doing for companies is critically important.”
Businesses are one of Tulsa Tech’s important stakeholders, as these partners are crucial in the development of curriculum and program opportunities for our student, hiring of new employees through our programs and placement services, and the customized development of training programs for existing employees.
The Industry Training Center is part of a comprehensive remodel of the flagship Lemley Memorial Campus, established in 1965. The transformation continues with a 199,813 square foot Client Services Center currently under construction and set to be completed in spring of 2020. Future projects include a full remodel of classrooms, labs and shops throughout the campus.