Press Release: October 7, 2015
Greg Pierce Enters CareerTech Hall of Fame
Greg Pierce, former superintendent of Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada, is one of five 2015 inductees into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will be Oct. 21 on Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Rockwell Campus in Oklahoma City. Other inductees are Phil Berkenbile, Morrison; Dean Denton, Broken Arrow; Dale DeWitt, Braman; and Bea Paul, Enid.
The 2015 class of inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership to 75. The Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Oklahoman Foundation for Career and Technology Education, was founded in 1990. Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech faculty, staff and agency members.
“Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame honorees have contributed significantly to the success of the CareerTech System,” said Marcie Mack, CareerTech state director. “Each recipient has advanced the mission of CareerTech in unique and extraordinary ways. Their commitment to students, businesses and the lives of Oklahomans is appreciated and honored.”
Pierce entered the CareerTech System through FFA, one of seven CareerTech student organizations. He was active in FFA at Velma-Alma High School before going to Oklahoma State University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education and an administration certificate.
He taught agricultural education at Tishomingo Public Schools and in 1978 moved to the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education, now the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, as agriculture curriculum specialist. He became assistant coordinator of the Curriculum Instructional Materials Center, then coordinator of evaluation and testing, executive director of the Mid-America Vocational Curriculum Consortium and coordinator of CIMC.
Pierce left the CareerTech System in 1990 and became superintendent of Velma-Alma Public Schools. In 1992, he returned to CareerTech as superintendent of Pontotoc Skill Development Center and Rural Industrial Incubator, now Pontotoc Technology Center.
Under his 20 years of leadership, Pontotoc Tech gained a reputation as a premier technology center and received many Gold Star School awards. Pierce oversaw several campus expansions and the addition of two additional partner schools. The PTC Seminar Center has been dedicated in his name.
Pierce developed instructional materials for the Associated General Contractors of America; the Tile Council of America; the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives; the United Union of Roofers, Water Proofers and Allied Workers; the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers; NASA; and several foreign countries. He developed or coordinated the development of more than 250 publications for career and technology education. He also conducted workshops on competency-based education all across the United States.
“He can reflect back on the many contributions he’s made to the people of Oklahoma and across this country and recognize the impact that he’s had on the lives of others,” said Ann Benson, former CareerTech state director.
Pierce served twice as vice president of the Association for Career and Technical Education and as president of the National Council of Local Administrators; president of the Oklahoma ACTE Administration Division; finance chairman of the ACTE Board of Directors; president of the Oklahoma Area Career Technology School Superintendents; past president and member of the Oklahoma Career and Technology Foundation Board of Directors; president of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce; and deacon of Ada First Baptist Church. He was a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class IX. He also served eight years in the National Guard.
For more information about the Hall of Fame banquet and to reserve a ticket, please contact LaMecia Stidham, 405-743-5115. Tickets are $60 each.
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.
The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.
Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor