Technical Management Program Provides Bachelor's Degree Option for Students at High Plains Technology Center

April 3, 2018

A program offered by Northwestern Oklahoma State University provides a new avenue for graduates of High Plains Technology Center (HPTC) to earn college credit for their prior technical training and complete a bachelor’s degree.

The bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree in technical management allows students from technology centers who have earned an industry recognized certification or an approved applied associate of science degree to transfer into college credit, providing a shorter pathway for students who have vocational training to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“We know employers are looking for employees who have technical skills, and High Plains Technology Center offers training in several high demand fields,” said Dr. Bo Hannaford, vice president for academic affairs. “The technical management degree is designed to capture this training and combine it with additional college studies to produce very marketable graduates.”

An oversight committee comprised of administrators and faculty from Northwestern will work together to ensure the academic integrity of the program.

“High Plains Technology Center is very excited to partner with Northwestern to provide our students with more options to continue their education in the high wage, high demand occupations that are so needed in our state,” said Dwight R. Hughes, Superintendent/CEO.  “This is another great example of educational institutions working together to provide what’s best for our students in the northwest Oklahoma region.”

Students who wish to have vocational certifications evaluated for college credit should contact Hannaford at (580) 327-8407 or


Steven Valencia, Associate Vice President for University Relations, 580-327-8478

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