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Ardmore's commitment to education is a key factor in making it an outstanding community. Educational offerings from kindergarten to college allow people of any age the chance to learn and succeed.

The local schools work diligently to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Teachers and administrators provide for the needs of over students by offering a wide variety of programs in academics, fine arts, technology, and athletics.

A community-wide education initiative known as 'Raising the Standards: Excellence in Education' was introduced to challenge students with a rigorous curriculum designed to provide them with the tools to succeed both academically and professionally. 'Cornerstones', the second phase of the project, began a five-year program that introduced an accountability feature into the original standards process. Recruiting bonuses, teaching excellence awards, and enhanced summer school are additional components of the program. The 5-year program has over $3.3 million pledged.

In response to increasing demands, Southern Tech recently built a state-of-the-art Engineering Technology Building to house programs which directly address the employment needs of manufacturing-related companies.  The 3D-CNC Machining program provides training designed to bring a student to an advanced level of understanding in the field of manufacturing processes currently used in both automated and non-automated industries. Mechatronics prepares students to become Automated Systems Technicians, covering robotics and fundamentals of electricity, electronics, programmable logic controllers, hydraulics, and pneumatics.  Computer Aided Drafting, also located in the Engineering Technology building, has been producing graduates since 1968 and the need for skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD) is still on the rise today. 

Southern Tech offers a wide variety of additional courses designed for both high school and adult students seeking to develop a career or technical skills. New and exciting programs began in Pre-Engineering and Heavy Equipment Operation.  Oklahoma University offers Dental Hygiene at the Southern Tech campus, and adult students may also enroll in the nationally certified Practical Nursing program. 

The BioTechnology Program at Southern Tech provides a realistic, hands-on opportunity to learn and experience biotechnology techniques and applications in human health, agriculture, environmental science, forensics and pharmaceutical production.

There are many other training programs offered at Southern Tech in the automotive industry, health, human services, construction trades and the arts, and all programs end with qualified students leaving with a national or board certification, leading to higher wage-earning opportunities for students and a skilled workforce for businesses. 

Southern Tech also offers short-term training classes through the Corporate and Career Development Department.  There is a vast array of courses provided to meet the needs of the district.  Classes are offered at three locations as well as online.

Corporate clients receive numerous safety and industry-specific training options and can also be served through customized training. The highly qualified instructors can teach on location or on campus and will work hard to fulfill the needs of the business. More information regarding the school and its offerings can be found at www.sotech.edu.

Every year, the Cornerstone Committee, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and local schools compile an Education Tab for the Community. This tab has information on the local schools, scores and contact information. Below is a listing of the schools, by district.

Ardmore City Schools

Ardmore Christian School

Dickson Schools

Lone Grove Schools

Oak Hall Episcopal Schools

Plainview Schools

Springer Schools

University Center of Southern Oklahoma 

Southern Tech