Moore Norman Technology Center is opening its doors for the public to experience its newest addition to the Franklin Road Campus located at the corner of 12th Ave NW and Franklin Road in Norman. An open house is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 20 in the south end of the main campus building. Visitors may enter gates 4 and 5 from 12th Avenue NW and come into the building through the D Entrance. The open house will not be accessible from the school’s main entrance.
The new construction was made possible through a 2016 bond election passed by voters in Cleveland County and completes phase two of a five-phase construction plan for MNTC that utilizes a portion of the bond monies.
The south end of the campus houses full-time technical career programs and features all-new classrooms and expansive lab spaces for programs such as CNC Machining, Computer Aided Design & Drafting, Pre-Engineering, and Welding. Additionally, Cosmetology has a new modernized full-service salon and classroom. The Backroom Clothing Company, a resale business run by students in the Entrepreneurship program, as well as the program’s classroom are also new. Cosmetology and the Backroom Clothing Company offer services to the public.
There are also multipurpose rooms and part-time classrooms, one of which is a certified safe room for students, visitors, and staff in the event of a weather or crisis incidents.
A unique aspect of the new build is its large, shared fabrication lab centrally positioned among the career programs. Designers implemented a shared space concept based on input from MNTC faculty and industry advisory committee members. To maximize the learning experience for students, the space functions in the way that industry partners work together. The new space puts CADD, Welding, CNC Machining and Pre-Engineering students in close proximity to one another so they can easily collaborate and push their ideas and designs to realistic limits, based on what each has to produce and provide in a real work setting.
Additional use of the bond funding allowed some career programs to purchase new equipment for lab and shop spaces including a plasma cutter in welding, and all new lathes in CNC Machining.
Superintendent Jane Bowen said,
We are thrilled with the new space and the learning opportunity it provides our students and we are deeply grateful to the community that supported the 2016 bond that made all of this possible.
MNTC Facilities & Operations Director Jerry McConnell said there are five phases of campus construction and remodels made possible through the 2016 bond election that are either finishing construction now, or that are in contract. Phase one was the redesigned B Area which houses student services, assessment, the Straughan Seminar Center and the main entrance. Phase two is the new D Area building. Phase three construction of a new C Area building begins this summer.
Phase four is the nearly-completed remodel of the upstairs A Area located at the north end of the main building. It houses administration, finance, marketing and human resources. Once finished, the phase five remodel of the A Area lower level begins.
To learn more about MNTC’s career training offerings, visit mntc.edu or call 405-801-5000 to schedule a free appointment with an MNTC Career Advisor.