Newly Renovated Process Technology Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony July 19 at NOC Tonkawa

Ponca City Now - July 17, 2023 6:32 am

Northern Oklahoma College, North Central Oklahoma’s leading educational institution, is proud to announce the renovations to the Process Technology (PTEC) building on the Tonkawa campus are complete.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Technology Building will be held on Wednesday, July 19.

The ribbon cutting is set for 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. with remarks at 12:45 p.m.  The building is located south of NOC Drive across from the Ag Barn on the east side of campus.  The ribbon cutting is open to the public.

The extensive renovation project has transformed the facility focused on innovation and learning, equipped to support existing PTEC programming, as well as new programs focused on Renewable Energy and Precision Agriculture.

Through funding provided by a Department of Education Native American Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI) grant project, Connecting Students to Promising Pathways, the PTEC building has been revamped with a forward-thinking vision to prepare students for the evolving demands of the modern world. The redesigned facility and equipment purchased showcase the institution’s commitment to sustainability and the practical application of emerging technologies in critical fields.

The highlight of the renovation is the introduction of a dedicated 1,800 square foot classroom and bay area that will house advanced equipment and resources. This dynamic space provides a place where students can engage in hands-on learning experiences, collaborative projects and in-depth research.

The Wind Energy option under NOC’s Electronics Technology program will empower students to explore alternate energy sources, develop sustainable practices, and contribute to a greener future. The program encompasses a comprehensive curriculum that covers solar energy, wind power, and other renewable energy technologies, providing students with skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the industry.

The Precision Agriculture program revolutionizes traditional farming practices by integrating technology and data-driven methodologies. Students will learn how to leverage precision agriculture techniques to optimize crop production, reduce resource consumption and enhance overall efficiency in the agricultural sector.

“We are extremely excited to unveil the newly renovated PTEC building, which will serve as a catalyst for the Associate of Applied Science Program Options in Wind Energy and Precision Agriculture,” said Diana Watkins, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The renovation of this facility combined with the innovative curriculum offered will equip our students with the skills and expertise necessary to address the pressing challenges in these critical industries”

Dr. Clark Harris, NOC President, stated, “This expansion reflects our commitment to providing industry-relevant education and fostering a culture of innovation. These programs will provide students with important skills to keep our industries competitive in North Central Oklahoma.”

The transformation in this space embodies the institution’s dedication to cultivating a dynamic learning environment that prepares students for the jobs of the future. Through these new programs, Northern aims to inspire the next generation of leaders and professionals.

For more information about the PTEC building, the Renewable Energy option, or the Precision Agriculture program, please contact Dr. Frankie Woodblack at [email protected] .

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at


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