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Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation

8100 North Highway 81
Duncan, OK 73533
P: +1 580-255-9675

Overview

Duncan Public Schools Our school district is pro-active in education/training for our future workforce through Project Lead The Way, Career Pathways, and Dream It Do It. Duncan High School partners with local businesses to provide students that work each day in local businesses as Interns to learn about careers and local opportunities.  Establishing this relationship and understanding early helps to maintain a sustainable workforce pipeline.  

Duncan Public Schools has established a culture for continuous improvement and an "On-going Tradition of Excellence." Our leadership team is involved in a quest to facilitate continuous improvement in areas such as: on-going professional development, data driven decision making, customer focus, increased parental and community involvement, teamwork, and superior communication through daily activities and best practices. www.duncanps.org 

Cameron University Cameron University is a four-year public university offering associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. CU’s main campus is located in Lawton with a branch campus in Duncan. CU graduates carry the lowest debt load of the 572 institutions surveyed in the Universities – Master’s category, according to U.S. News & World Reports’ America’s Best Colleges 2012. Approximately 68 percent of CU’s students graduate without any debt at all. Cameron University guarantees their education. If during employment, the student/employee is found to not be prepared in their major field of study, they can return to Cameron free of tuition. www.cameron.edu 


Red River Technology Center
Red River Technology Center offers quality education for individuals and businesses in Southwest Oklahoma. By continuing to build on the strength of its past, Red River Technology Center will continue to serve its communities and meet the challenges of the future. Red River Technology Center educates and trains students, adults and business leaders to achieve success. Red River Technology Center offers full-time instruction for adults and high school juniors and seniors. www.redriver.tec.ok.us 


DRH Nursing Program
Duncan Regional Hospital is very proud to be one of the first hospitals in the state working collaboratively with The University of Oklahoma. This new initiative will allow many more nurses to graduate each year and offer their finely honed services and skills to patients within Stephens County and beyond. Programs available include: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN, Accelerated BSN for Second Degree Students and Masters of Science in Nursing. www.duncanregional.com

Education and Workforce Partnership Efforts

Red River Technology Center  Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation partners with Red River Technology Center to provide your business with a top-quality training program for prospective employees as part of Oklahoma’s Training for Industry Program (TIP). Training for Industry Program (TIP) Oklahoma's Training for Industry Program (TIP) is available to new and expanding companies. TIP is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education (ODVTE) and delivered through a network of 54 centers across the state or on-site. TIP is committed to providing companies with customized training to insure the skilled employees necessary to compete in today's global market and to maintain the competitive advantage in the future. TIP is provided at little or no cost to qualifying companies. Red River Technology Center (RRTC) and representatives from your company will assess the competencies needed in each job category and design the training program accordingly. A statement of understanding will be developed outlining responsibilities, areas and length of training, number of employees to be trained, and any special requirements. 

Assessment The TIP training program consists of several components. A major component is the assessment process of potential employees. The RRTC Assessment Center provides aptitude information for potential employees through the use of the SAGE (System for Assessment and Group Evaluation). The SAGE can assess eleven different areas of aptitude, with scores varying from one (1) which indicates the upper 10% (high amount of aptitude) to a five (5) which indicates the bottom 10% (low amount of aptitude.) Those scores can then be compared to specific job tasks as defined in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Another type of testing provided is the TABE (Tests of Basic Education). The TABE is similar to the SAGE, in that it measures strengths. It measures general educational development with the results presented as grade equivalency levels, i.e., 12.3 or 8.5. 

Pre-Employment Training Another unique aspect of the TIP program is a Pre-Employment Training component. Potential employees selected as a result of the job application, interview, and assessment can participate in Pre-Employment Training. The potential employee signs a training agreement stating they fully understand they are voluntarily enrolling in a class of instruction to improve their skill or learn a new skill so as to qualify for a job in industry. There is no tuition fee for the training and the individual will not be paid while in training. They are not obligated to accept work with the company nor are they assured of being offered employment upon successful completion. 

Pre-Production Testing Those individuals selected for employment will receive additional customized training through the Pre-Production Training component. Job specific training is designed to train your employees in the process and on the equipment utilized in the course of your operation. The length of training will vary based on specific job tasks.

Public

Duncan Public Schools
Our school district is pro-active in education/training for our future workforce through Project Lead The Way, Career Pathways, and Dream It Do It. Duncan Public Schools has established a culture for continuous improvement and an "On-going Tradition of Excellence." Our leadership team is involved in a quest to facilitate continuous improvement in areas such as: on-going professional development, data driven decision making, customer focus, increased parental and community involvement, teamwork, and superior communication through daily activities and best practices.

www.duncanps.org

Annual Youth Engineering Contest

The Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) annually hosts the Duncan Area Youth Engineering Contest for 7th - 12th grade students in the Red River Technology Center school district.

Students competed for money awards in the areas of engineering, the fastest CO2 racecar, overall and people’s choice. In addition, Cameron University presents scholarships to the top three overall high school winners, and teachers received an appreciation gift.

The contest is challenging for students, teachers, and parents. It requires critical thinking, design, drafting, and manufacturing a CO2 race car.

Major sponsors of the race include local partners/manufacturing businesses - Southern Machine Works, Inc., Cameron-Schlumberger, Duncan Machine Products, Halliburton, and Wilco Machine & Fab. This contest is possible because of DAEDF's partnership with our local middle schools, high schools, Red River Technology Center, and Cameron University. Duncan's Dream It Do It Oklahoma initiative is a manufacturing career pathway associated with the Manufacturing Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Colleges and Universities


Cameron University

Cameron University is a four-year public university offering associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. CU’s main campus is located in Lawton with a branch campus in Duncan. CU graduates carry the lowest debt load of the 572 institutions surveyed in the Universities – Master’s category, according to U.S. News & World Reports’ America’s Best Colleges 2012. Approximately 68 percent of CU’s students graduate without any debt at all. Cameron University guarantees their education. If during employment, the student/employee is found to not be prepared in their major field of study, they can return to Cameron free of tuition.

www.cameron.edu

Vocational & Technical