Posted Date: 09/17/2020
Dusty Ricks, superintendent of Mid-America Technology Center (MATC) in Wayne, recently announced his retirement effective September 30. Ricks, a longtime Blanchard resident, has contributed 37 years to education as a teacher, director, and administrator.
As an Oklahoma State University graduate, he launched his career, into education, by teaching vocational agriculture to high school students at Perry, Blanchard, and Newcastle for a total of 14 years. Ricks continued his teaching career while attending night and weekend classes in pursuit of his Masters in Secondary Administration degree. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Ricks took a break from the CareerTech system and served as the Blanchard Middle School Principal for one year.
Ricks’ heart was with CareerTech, and soon he returned to his roots. In 1998, he was hired as MATC’s Director of Operations. From 1998 to 2005, he served as director of operations, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent. In 2005, Ricks took over the helm as MATC’s Superintendent, where he has been for the last 15 years.
But Ricks is not one to rest on his laurels. A new career opportunity has been afforded him and is changing the direction of his life. On October 1, Ricks will start his first day as the CEO of the Rural Electric Cooperative in Lindsay.
Under Ricks’ leadership, MATC has given students more opportunities and assistance with achieving career goals. His unwavering commitment and support have started a trend at MATC that is sure to continue for years to come. Above all, MATC has adapted for the changing job markets and technology, positioning every student with a bright future.