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Greg Pierce One of Five Inductees into CareerTech Hall of Fame

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 06:00:22 CDT

Greg Pierce One of Five Inductees into CareerTech Hall of Fame A full house gathered Wednesday evening, October 21st at Francis Tuttle's School of Culinary Arts' Restaurant, District 21, for the 2015 CareerTech Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Greg Pierce, former superintendent of Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada, was one of the five 2015 inductees into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.

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.

Pierce was one of three 2015 Hall of Fame inductees that began their professional career as an instructor of Ag Education.



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