Home Trade school The Great Plains Technology Center in Frederick is on a mission to address the skilled labor shortage.

The Great Plains Technology Center in Frederick is on a mission to address the skilled labor shortage.

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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – The Great Plains Technology Center in Frederick is on a mission to address the skilled labor shortage.

According to the student loan hero, more than 1 in 5 American families have student loan debt.

The Great Plains Technology Center in Frederick offers free skilled trades training to high school students. The Frederick Centers location offers 6 programs.

“Multimedia, Combined Welding, Construction Technology, Diagnostic Aid and Nursing Assistant for High School Students, Cosmetology and we also offer a flexible LPN program,” Mandy Carter, the center’s career counselor.

Although it is free for high school students, it is not free for adults, but still gives them a business skill.

“It seems there is such a shortage of skilled workers in our area that our certified students can go straight to work, most of them have no debt and they can start building their lives right away” , Carter said.

Tanna Tanner is a junior at Synder High School and is in the welding program. She said that even though it’s a male-dominated industry, she likes to weld and prove how strong girls can be.

“From a young age like this. Even starting in high school you get so much experience. And then when you step out into the real world and that’s what you want to transform in your whole life, and that’s what you want, you can go far and go beyond,” Tanner said.

Seniors Allie Florens and Anna Bobb participate in the nursing program. When they graduate from Snyder High School this year, they will have their CNAs.

“All the stress is worth it, like in the end and you go to the clinic and you help people. It’s worth the stress,” Bobb said,

“I would 100% do the same thing, get that CNA in high school, so as soon as you get out, you already have a head start in any medical field,” Florens said.