NATIONAL ATTENTION: Boone Pickens addressed teachers and students during the dedication of the new facility in Broken Arrow.
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Tulsa Tech and its Broken Arrow campus recently announced the grand opening of their new, state-of-the-art automotive training facility, which will teach Oklahoma students firsthand about alternative fuel technology.
“Tulsa Tech recognized a need and addressed it. This is a proud day for Tulsa Tech, the CareerTech system and the state of Oklahoma.”
A number of key Oklahoma dignitaries were on hand to commemorate the ribbon cutting and facility dedication, including Boone Pickens, Congressman John Sullivan, Broken Arrow Mayor Mike Lester and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.
“We are so proud of our Broken Arrow campus and even more excited to dedicate it today,” says Dr. Kara Gae Neal, superintendent for Tulsa Tech. “Each student, young and old, who attends a Tulsa Tech school, will receive the highest level of hands-on training and education. The Broken Arrow campus and this facility is no exception. We have created the only course in Oklahoma that will teach students the technology associated with alternative fuel. This one-of-a-kind facility is training tomorrow’s workforce in the latest automotive technology.”
Oklahoma-born philanthropist and natural gas advocate Boone Pickens was a special guest at the dedication and came away impressed with Tulsa Tech’s new facility. “Natural gas is an American fuel, and it is plentiful in Oklahoma,” he says. “Thankfully we have institutions like Tulsa Tech with the vision and ambition needed to capitalize on all the benefits of this clean and abundant domestic fuel. One pillar of the Pickens Plan is to use natural gas to replace oil as a transportation fuel, and Tulsa Tech is actively addressing this need with the new Broken Arrow campus automotive facility and courses in alternative fuels. With Tulsa Tech’s hands-on training program, jobs will be created, and an industry so vital to our energy future will be expanded. Today’s dedication represents a big step forward, one that will propel Oklahoma to the forefront of the natural gas movement. Oklahoma is clearly in good hands.”