Each fall, instructors at Canadian Valley Technology Center get a little taste of their own medicine.
All of the school's 19 programs have advisory committees comprised of industry experts, who keep instructors informed of changes or eqipment updates in the field. In turn, many advisors hire Canadian Valley graduates or provide internships and on-the-job training.
It is a formula that has served Canadian Valley well for 43 years.
This year, Canadian Valley had advisory meetings at three Yukon area locations in the north side of the district. Chickasha will host its advisory meeting next month.
Danny Moore, owner of Rainbow Heat & Air of Yukon, attended as a guest of HVAC instructor Howard Griffin. Moore said he is really impressed with what Griffin has done with the tight space situation at the Holt Campus following the May 31 tornado that wiped out most of the El Reno Campus and forced a massive relocation of all programs. Only Business and Industry Services has moved back to El Reno since the storm.
"I think Howard has done a great job with the class," Moore said. "He is turning out good quality students. I hired Ben Bioarato out of his class last summer, and he is working full-time for me."
Canadian Valley opened in 1970 and continues to provide career training for high school students and adults. Business and Industry Services offers short-term adult courses and customized industry training for area businesses.