PTC Receives Gold Star Award for 21st Year

Ponca City Now - August 17, 2023 6:40 am

Pioneer Technology Center (PTC) received the Gold Star School Award from the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers. Pictured left to right is Brett Haas, Instructor; Shelly Houston, Safety Registrar; Traci Thorpe, Superintendent/CEO; and Laurence Beliel, Board Member. This is the 21st Gold Star Award that Pioneer Tech has received from the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.

Ponca City, OK- Pioneer Technology Center (PTC) received the Gold Star School Award from the Oklahoma Association of Career & Technology Education (OKACTE).  This designation, sponsored by OKACTE, provides recognition to technology center districts with outstanding programs designed to meet a broad spectrum of community needs.

This is the twenty-first year PTC has met and exceeded the rigorous standards required in student retention, placement, quality program instruction, recruitment and guidance, assessment capabilities, and diverse business and industry training programs.

“The Gold Star designation represents the excellence we strive for at Pioneer Tech and is challenging to attain. This award echoes the accomplishments of our amazing team and incredible partnerships formed in the work we do! None of us can accomplish great things alone…it takes a focused, collaborative effort from each of us.  As we continuously work to fulfill our mission of ‘enhancing lives and securing futures,’ we are excited that Gold Star achievement is the outcome,” commented Traci Thorpe, PTC Superintendent/CEO.

Gold Star School recognition is for 12 months and each tech center must go through the application process each year.  For more information about Pioneer Tech’s programs and services call 580-762-8336 or visit


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