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February 9, 2014

NTC school board candidates discuss priorities

CLAREMORE —

Northeast Technology Center school board candidates Justin Miller and Johnny Morgan have similar mindsets when it comes to serving as vice president for the school board. Both share an interest in continuing the quality of education at NTC, where students currently experience a 90 percent job placement rate after graduation. 
Incumbent Justin Miller has served as vice president on the NTC school board for more than three years and said he has witnessed significant expansion across the four campuses in Claremore, Pryor, Afton and Kansas during that time.
“NTC is constantly expanding and I’ve been supportive of it all. Right now we’re in the process of building a new central office, and recently completed the new diesel welding building, as well as renovation of our culinary department at the Pryor campus,” Miller said. “Each expansion comes with the addition of innovative technology, which provides beneficial training for students in their particular professions. The expansions have shown to be cost effective after looking at how much these students are making upon graduation, compared to how much is spent on program additions.”
Two of the newest programs picked up by NTC Claremore are the pre-engineering courses taught at Claremore High School. The courses provide interested high school students the opportunity to receive knowledge and experience in the engineering field early on in their academic career.
“The amount of growth we are experiencing is motivation in itself to remain on the school board,” Miller said. “I’d like to make sure our new programs remain available, allowing an opportunity for every type of student, young or old, to be successful.”
Miller currently runs his cattle and pecan business of 20 years near Miami.
Candidate Johnny Morgan is a former member of the NTC school board, and has seen first hand the amount of success students earn in the NTC programs.

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