Area high school sophomores tour PTC

Peyton Engel, a sophomore from Byng High School, visited Pontotoc Tech recently and spent time touring the Biotechnology STEM Academy, among others.

Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada welcomed area high school sophomores recently to its campus. Sophomore Tours, which the school hosts each year as part of its recruitment process, gives sophomores the opportunity to see what PTC programs have to offer. High school students are first eligible for tech center enrollment their junior year.

Sophomores were able to visit with instructors and observe and participate in what students learn in each program they toured. Pontotoc Tech student ambassadors served as tour guides and helped to answer any of the sophomores’ questions. Pontotoc Tech Marketing Specialist Jayma Newport spoke to the students about the benefits of attending Pontotoc Tech Center. “We want to be sure students are aware that they are able to learn valuable skills, earn college credit and may take Algebra II or Geometry as a student at Pontotoc Tech.” Newport said. “The great part is they can attend school for a half day here, all while still participating in activities at their home schools.” “Many of our full time programs offer college credit through alliances with Murray State College, OSU’s Institute of Technology (formerly OSU-Okmulgee) and OSU-OKC,” Newport said. 

Nearly 500 sophomores attended the tours over a three-day span, including those from Ada, Allen, Byng, Latta, Roff, Sasakwa, Stonewall, Tupelo and Vanoss. Students were invited to come back and bring their parent to a Meet and Greet night, which is set for February 24th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the campus. Enrollment information will be distributed out at the Meet and Greet night. Newport expressed to the students that waiting until the last minute to enroll may be too late for some classes. “We encourage all interested sophomores to get enrollment forms completed and turned in as soon as possible and the deadline to turn in applications will be March 14th.”

“If you are interested in taking a class here at the technology center, you need to enroll as soon as you receive an enrollment form,” Newport said, “Our classes each have a certain capacity, and when they’re full, they’re full.


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