This handbook has been designed to acquaint students with the policies and procedures of Mid-America Technology Center. You will find important information in it. Keep it as a ready reference so that you and your parents may stay aware of the services, opportunities, and regulations which are current at your school. Each student is held responsible for knowing and abiding by these policies and others which may be prepared and posted throughout the year.
Mid-America Technology Center does not discriminate because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender expression or identity, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or genetic information in its programs, services, activities and employment. The district also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Mike Eubank, (405) 449-3391, P.O. Box H, Wayne, OK 73095. For further information on non-discrimination, visit Office of Civil Rights by clicking here for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
Notification to Parents
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. When a student reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level these rights are transferred to the student. (An «eligible student,, under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights include:
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day Mid-America Technology Center receives a request for access. A parent or eligible student should submit to the Assistant Superintendent, Tony Hancock a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shaU advise the parent or eligible student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.
A parent or eligible student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the parent or eligible student in writing of the decision and the student's right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to provide written consent before the Technology Center discloses personally identifiable infor mation (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The school discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Mid-America in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Mid-America who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Mid-America.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Mid-America Technology Center to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Mid-America Technology Center's mission is to enrich economic growth by providing quality education and training. Every effort is made to ensure students have the equipment, facilities, and curriculum that meet industry standards and prepare them to be successful when they leave. Our teachers are constantly working to upgrade their training to provide students with the newest and best practices in their field. In an effort to achieve excellence, it is our goal to create an environment of continuous improvement.
The opportunities to obtain a valuable career education are available at Mid-America Technology Center. I encourage every student to develop their skills and expand their knowledge that they may reach their potential. It is this knowledge and skills that will make it possible for students to live a productive fulfilling life.
I am pleased to have you as a student at Mid-America.
Mid-America Technology Center enriches economic growth by providing quality education and training.
Mid-America Technology Center
Mid-America Technology Center is operated with the express purpose of providing each student every available opportunity to become a well-informed self-supporting citizen.
It is believed that schools should give students the tools of learning and provide experiences pertinent to the program they are following, whether it be toward meaningful employment in the industrial/business world or in pursuit of a college degree.
We believe that each individual is a unique creation and should have the opportunity to develop his or her aptitude and skill to the fullest potential. The development of technical skill, as well as moral character, citizenship and self-pride will be the guiding philosophy of the faculty and administration of Mid-America Technology Center.
We believe that Mid-America Technology Center has the opportunity and privilege to provide the technical education necessary to prepare all students of our district with skills and know-how to be useful, productive, self-supporting citizens. Realizing that individual differences exist and that technology is constantly changing, we still believe that every student must have the opportunity to develop his or her aptitudes to the fullest potential. We will endeavor to include the following:
A. Placing emphasis on the importance of the American Free Enterprise System.
B. Expanding of skills and technical training will be concentrated in the area of greatest need.
C. Providing occupational orientation and exploratory experiences for all persons at all levels in order that reasonable, enlightened and long-range decisions may be made about career choice.
D. Improving the image of work in order that students, parents and the public may know of the dignity, challenge and satisfaction (intellectual and financial) of a skilled or technical occupation.
E. Facilitating access into occupational educational programs for those adults who have dropped out of the formal education program before graduating from high school.
Our aims reflect a firm philosophy that technical education should equip every individual, to the extent that ability permits, with the competence to attain economic, social, intellectual and spiritual goals in a democratic society.
The success of a business is greatly influenced by the dependability and productivity of its employees, which is impacted by their attendance at work. Most potential employers will NOT consider hiring an applicant who had a poor attendance record at Mid-America. Additionally, every instructor will deliver meaningful instruction and assign appropriate hands-on activities each day. Therefore, students are expected to be in class every day and take care of personal business on their own time.
ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES FOR SECONDARY (HIGH SCHOOL) STUDENTS
There are NO excused absences. Each student is counted as present or absent for each day Mid-America is in session. Students missing 50% or more of a class period will be considered absent for that day.
The following steps shall be utilized when dealing with Absences from
Full-Time Career Majors:
1. Attendance is monitored on a Semester Basis. After the equivalent of three (3) to five (5) absences in each semester, the parent or guardian will be contacted with supporting documentation. The instructor conferences with the student.
2. After the equivalent of six (6) to nine (9) absences, the parent or guardian will be contacted with supporting documentation. The counselor/administrator conferences with the student and the parent/guardian and places the student on a probationary contract outlining expectations and consequences.
3. After the equivalent of ten (10) absences, a secondary student who violates the attendance probationary contract may receive a "no credit/no grade" for the course and/ or semester.
Students who do not meet the minimum career major or certification attendance requirements may be withdrawn from a career major. Students are automatically withdrawn after missing ten (10) consecutive days with no efforts being made to contact their instructor or administrator.
A student is considered truant if he/ she intentionally fails to comply with the mandatory Oklahoma School Attendance Law. If a student is truant, no make-up work will be allowed, and a grade of zero ( 0) will be issued for the time the student is truant. Additional disciplinary action may be taken.
Note: Authorized participation at home-school activities will not count as absences. These absences must be reported to the Student Services Secretary by the High School Principal (no exceptions).
Tardiness is considered to be a poor work habit, and excessive tardiness may result in dismissal from the program. A student will be considered tardy if he/ she arrives after the start of class. Students missing 50% or more of a class period will be considered absent for that day.
A student who leaves before the scheduled end of class may be considered absent for the entire day unless he/she has checked out with the Student Services Secretary. Secondary students must have parental/guardian permission. Students missing 50% or more of a class period will be considered absent for that day.
There are NO excused absences. Each student is counted as present or absent for each day Mid-America is in session.
Good attendance reflects dependability and productivity, both good work habits, which should be rewarded. Perfect attendance will be rewarded throughout the semester and recognized at the end of the year.
Students who are absent for reasons beyond their control for an extended period as a result of hospitalization, car wreck, etc. may request an extenuating circumstances conference with the Assistant Superintendent for consideration to extenuate the days absent.
Students are expected to make up the work missed while they were absent. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor and make arrangements to complete the work missed. Students will be given one (1) day to make up work for each day missed.
ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES FOR POST-SECONDARY (ADULT) STUDENTS
(LPN guidelines are listed separately within the department)
Adult students are expected to attend class every day and be on time. Violation of this policy may result in dismissal from the program. Students are allowed up to ten (10) excused absences per semester (this includes illness, funerals, doctor appointments, etc.). Students missing 50% or more of a class period will be considered absent for that day. Students missing 50% or more of a class period will be considered absent for that day.
The following absences are exempt and will not count against the ten (10) allowed.
• Subpoenaed Jury Duty
• Subpoenaed Court Appearances
• Military Duty
Documentation of these absences should be given to the Student Services Registrar.
A Leave of Absence (LOA) will be considered on a case by case basis ( e.g. extended illness or serious injury) and may not exceed 60 days within a 12 month period. An LOA must be a minimum of five (5) days.
The LOA must be requested by the student on or before the 4th consecutive absence. The LOA form should be requested by the student from Student Services Secretary. Upon completion of the form, the student must contact the Assistant Superintendent and provide appropriate documentation for the leave to be considered.
A Leave of Absence (LOA) may be granted if the student is unable to request the leave on or before the 4th absence due to unforeseen circumstances (such as a car wreck) as long as the student provides documentation at a later date.
1. Attendance is monitored on a Semester Basis. After the equivalent of three (3) absences, the instructor conferences with the student.
2. After the equivalent of six ( 6) absences, the counselor/administrator conferences with the student and places the student on a probationary contract lining expectations and consequences.
3. After the equivalent of ten (10) absences, a student who violates the attendance probationary contract may receive a "no credit/no grade" for the course and/ or semester.
Adults with unsatisfactory attendance and/or a failing grade may be withdrawn from their career major of study.
Students who miss ten (10) consecutive days and have made no attempt to contact their instructor or administrator will be automatically withdrawn from their career major of study.
Adult evening classes are offered each Fall, Spring and Summer semester. Interested persons should contact the adult evening Program Specialist, or the Adult Registrar for a schedule of course offerings, fees, etc.
Course changes during the first few weeks of the school year and the second semester, will be made only if it appears to be in the best interest of the student. All changes must be made at the beginning of semesters and must be approved by a counselor.
High school Juniors and Seniors who show an interest in technical training and an aptitude in the area of his or her choice may apply for enrollment. The enrollment is subject to the approval of the home high school and Mid-America. Every effort will be made to counsel prospective students to select a career major in which they have a reasonable opportunity for success. Enrollment will not be complete until each student and/ or parent has signed and turned in the Student Data forms and attends orientation. Adult students may contact the school for enrollment information.
In technical courses, part of the time period is spent in theory and part in a laboratory.
The student's grade will be derived from his/her performance on course assignments, tests, and laboratory assignments. The resulting grades will then be totaled and a composite numerical grade determined. This numerical grade will be translated to a letter grade, based on the following scale:
Secondary students will spend one-half of the school day ( 3 hours) at the Technology Center and the other half at their home schools. Morning classes will be held from 8:10-11:10 and afternoon classes from 12:45-3:45. Students enrolled at the Technology Center may earn up to four elective units of credit per school year if course requirements are met.
Mid-America will offer academic classes for those high school students who are unable to take all the courses in math and science required by the state for graduation and still be able to take a career major offered at Mid-America. Approval must be given by the sending high school. Students who are enrolled in any course will be expected to be present in that class each day they are present in their career major unless prior arrangements have been made by their career major instructor and the Academic Instructor. Attendance requirements for academic classes are consistent with attendance requirements on pages 10 and 11 of the student handbook. Students enrolled in Cosmetology and Pre-Nursing are ineligible to be enrolled in an academic course because of conflicts with the State Department of Cosmetology and clinical hour requirements.
Mid-America will offer online academic courses, other than the academic courses offered at Mid-America, for those high school students who are unable to take all the courses required by the state for graduation and still be able to take a career major offered at Mid-America. Students who desire to increase the academic rigor of their high school transcript may take upper-level mathematics (above Algebra II) and science classes through online instruction. Approval must be given by the sending high school. Students who re-enrolled in an online academic course will be expected to complete the course in the allotted time frame with a passing grade. Mid-America will pay the cost of tuition for the online academic course provided the student completes the course with a passing grade. Parents and students will be expected to sign a contract agreeing to pay for any online academic course in which the student does not pass. While Mid-America agrees to provide assistance to students enrolled in an online academic course, it is the sole responsibility of the student to meet course requirements, deadlines, and any regulations of the online institution.
Each career major offered will include a Work-Based Experience. The WBE is designed to be delivered as an integrated component within the courses taken by the individual student. The purpose of the WBE is for personal development, leadership, and employability skills. Students may also undertake special projects, cross-train, or participate in workplace learning opportunities to enhance skills in accordance with industry demands. WBE's must be approved prior to the student's absence.
Progress Reports will be given out during each semester. Grades for secondary students will be sent to home schools for recording.
Each student is expected to make progress toward completion of the major being taken. A student is considered to be progressing toward completion if the student maintains a grade of "C" and the student's attendance is within limits prescribed in the attendance policy.
Each student is expected to take and pass certification exams and competency tests associated with the career major for which they have enrolled and to be in good standing with their teacher. Students in good standing have exhibited a desire to cooperate with teachers and students in the program and contribute to a positive environment in the classroom. Students who cause disruptions and distract from the learning process will not be considered to be in good standing. Students not in good standing will need permission from the Assistant Superintendent or with one of the Directors for re-enrollment.
Students who make less than a "C" average during their first year, or have not passed certification exams or competency tests associated with the career major for which they have enrolled must have the approval of their teacher before they will be permitted to return for the second year of training.
Any student, employee, or patron of Mid-America Technology Center, who believes there exists a violation, misinterpretation, or inequitable application of the Policies and Administrative Regulations, or discrimination or harassment in programs/services, on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender expression or identity, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or genetic information may seek resolution of the situation.
It is the desire of Mid-America Technology Center that any grievance might be resolved in an informal manner. This would include discussing the problem or grievance with an instructor, a counselor, or an administrator. However, in situations where a solution cannot be reached in this informal manner, steps for a formal hearing of the problem are detailed in the grievance procedures available in the Student Services Office, or from any administrator.
As used in the School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act:
1. ''Bullying" means any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal or electronic communication directed toward a student or group of students that results in or is reasonably perceived as being done with the intent to cause negative educational or physical results for the targeted individual or group and is communicated in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school's educational mission or the education of any student;
2. "At school" means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at school-sponsored activities, or at school-sanctioned events;
3. "Electronic communication'' means the communication of any written, verbal, pictorial information or video content by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, a mobile or cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunication devices, or a computer.
4. "Threatening behavior" means any pattern of behavior or isolated action, whether or not it is directed at another person, that a reasonable person would believe indicates the potential for future harm to students, school personnel, or school property.
No student will be subjected to hazing, harassment, or any other form of persecution by any student or employee at school or on school-sponsored activities. MidAmerica specifically prohibits threatening behavior, harassment, intimidation and bullying by students at school and/ or by electronic communication, whether or not such communication originated at school or with school equipment.
A copy of Mid-America Technology Center's policy on harassment, intimidation, and bullying is available upon request. Students or staff who are the victims or witnesses to acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying or threatening behavior are encouraged to inform Mike Eubank, Assistant Superintendent.
Definition: Sexual harassment is behavior of a sexual nature which creates a situation in which an individual is made to feel uncomfortable in the work and/or learning environment. This behavior may be in the form of:
1. Unwelcome sexual advances
2. Verbal or written comments
3. Suggestive/explicit jokes
4. Sexual objects or pictures
5. Unreasonable differential treatment based on gender
6. Unwelcome physical contact
7. Other actions/ conduct which are sexually offensive
Policy: It is the policy of Mid-America Technology Center, that sexual harassment by any individual who is an employee or student, or who is under the jurisdiction of Mid-America Technology Center, is expressly prohibited. Persons determined to have engaged in sexual harassment of any kind shall be subject to disciplinary actions, which may include suspension/ dismissal.
Any individual who believes he/ she is the victim of sexual harassment or any other form of discrimination may follow the GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE which is included in Mid-America Technology Center's Affirmative Action Plan. Two individuals have been designated to receive and handle allegations of sexual harassment:
Mike Eubank, Assistant Superintendent
Melissa Feroli, Counselor.
Any individual who believes he/ she is the victim of sexual assault should preserve all of the evidence and should report the incident to the Administrative Office in person or by phone. An official report will be taken and copies will be made available to the victim and local law enforcement agencies. Victims of sexual assault may choose to report the incident to the individuals designated to receive other complaints:
Mike Eubank, Assistant Superintendent
Melissa Feroli, Counselor
A student who has been granted permission by the Assistant Superintendent to self administer medication pursuant to this Policy shall be permitted to possess and use medication. Permission forms may be requested from an instructor or the office.
Students may not use the instructor's phone for any purpose unless it is part of the curriculum. Students needing to make calls during the school day will be directed to the Front Office. Students will not be called out of class for phone calls or visitors unless there is an emergency. Long distance calls will be made "collect." Students may ask to use the phone at the front desk in case of an emergency.
Mid-America maintains a tobacco-free campus. Prohibited items include any object or substance that may appear to be tobacco.
Student dress has become a matter of significant concern to educators, for a number of reasons: safety, behavior, and the general appearance of the student body. Occupational training is also involved with the dress requirements of potential employers and career areas. Some students will be expected to conform to the individual clothing requirements of the training program in which they are enrolled. This includes caps that may be worn in some Lab or Shop areas.
All students are expected to dress in social good taste and in compliance with the general dress requirements which promote modesty, require pants to be worn at the top of the hip bones, prohibit items or styles which interfere with the educational process such as pajamas, house shoes and blankets , etc. (see your instructor for specific requirements). The wearing of apparel which promotes or is associated with alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gangs, sexual activity, or death, is prohibited on campus, on buses, or on school-sponsored activities. Sunglasses may not be worn while inside.
The purpose of a student ID badge is to ensure each student is readily identified as a student of Mid-America Technology Center, and to identify and exclude those individuals who have no legitimate business on campus during the school day, and/or school activities. The wearing of the student ID badge is MANDATORY during school hours and at school activities. The safety and security of students are of paramount concern and the following regulations will be observed regarding student ID badges.
Under the supervision of each instructor, every student is to become familiar with and held responsible for knowing and following the Student Conduct section of the Policies and Administrative Regulations. A complete copy of these policies is available in every classroom. A few of the rules of major importance listed in the policies are repeated here:
1. "A student shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transmit any object (including knives) that can reasonably be considered a dangerous weapon:'
2. ''A student shall not knowingly possess, use, transmit, or be under any influence of alcohol or any drug not prescribed by a physician."
3. ''A student shall not repeatedly fail to comply with directions of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, teacher assistants, or other authorized school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under the authority of school personnel:'
4. ''A student will not absent himself from school without a reasonable excuse. The reasonableness of the excuse shall be determined by the Assistant Superintendent."
Any student who is guilty of violating the regulations of the school may be punished by:
1. Verbal reprimand,
2. Restrictions from normal privileges, such as breaks,
3. Reasonable activities/ assignments and or
4. Detention, or
5. Suspension from school.
The decision of the Directors or Administrators to punishment shall be final. Punishment 1 and 2 may be delegated by the Directors to the teacher. Every teacher in the technology center shall have the right to exercise the same authority as to conduct and behavior over the pupils attending this school, as the parents or guardians may exercise over them at home and as/ or provided by State Law.
Cell Phones and other electronic devices may be carried by students while on campus, and may be used in accordance with the following policy:
A. While in class, a cell phones may not be used, students are expected to silence all cell phones and other electronic devices and store them appropriately to their teacher's policy.
B. Students may operate devices during scheduled break times.
C. Students may operate devices while in transit on regular school-to-school bus routes.
D. Students may not use personal earphones or earbuds at any time.
E. Mid-America Technology Center is not responsible for loss or damage to cell phones or devices.
F. In an emergency or abnormal situations, students may request, in writing, administrative approval to carry or use their cell phones.
Students who fail to observe the above provisions will lose the privilege of having a device in their possession and be subject to discipline consistent with failing to observe rules or regulations of Mid-America, which may include some type of suspension and/ or having devices being taken from the student and returned only to parent/ guardian.
Students who need to be contacted while at school may give the school phone numbers to parents/guardians for immediate notification of an emergency. The following numbers activate multiple lines to Mid-America: 1-800-232-5580, 405-449-3391.
When prior written consent has been given by the parent/ guardian, and Mid-America.
Director of Full-Time Programs, Director of Student Services or Assistant Superintendent, a student may utilize a device in compliance with the consent provisions.
Mid-America Technology Center recognizes that genuine feelings of affection may exist between students; however, students should refrain from inappropriate intimate behaviors on campus or at school-related events. Repeated or especially inappropriate behavior in this regard may result in disciplinary consequences.
Under no condition will students leave the school campus without checking out through the office. Once a student has come onto the Mid-America campus, the check-out process is required to leave the campus before dismissal time. If a student leaves without permission, the student will be considered truant and be dealt with accordingly. If the student needs to leave for some reason other than illness, the student is required to bring a written statement signed by the student's parents or home school principal, explaining the necessity for leaving and the time the student should be dismissed. Fraudulent notes or notes that contain forged signatures will result in severe disciplinary action. If a note is not brought, permission by phone at the student's expense is required. The student will NOT be released without permission of the parent/ guardian. All the time missed will be accumulated.
Transportation is provided from every sending high school to Mid-America Technology Center. Students are encouraged to make use of this free transportation for safety and economy reasons. Students may drive private vehicles to Mid-America providing they observe the following regulations:
1. Secondary students must be permitted to drive by their high school.
2. All students must drive in a safe manner, observing traffic laws, and not putting others at risk.
3. Vehicles must be parked properly in approved parking areas upon arriving, and not be moved until students are dismissed.
4. Students will not be permitted to loiter in the parking lots, sit in cars, or go to cars during break.
5. All vehicles parked on Mid-America's campus are subject to search.
Students who do not comply with these regulations may be restricted to riding the bus to and from Mid-America.
Oklahoma Law prohibits any person from having a firearm or any other weapon in his/her possession while on school property, or in any vehicle which is brought onto school property. Failure to comply with this law is a felony offense punishable by fine and imprisonment.
Mid-America officials will report all instances of weapons being brought on campus, to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Any and all activities, indications or other behavior which is associated with gang affiliation is strictly prohibited at Mid-America Technology Center.
Breaks will be taken at posted times and places. Students may not take breaks in cars, in the parking lot, or at any place other than the assigned areas. Each student is requested to cooperate at all times in keeping the break areas and the grounds clean and attractive.
Students are responsible for the care of all school-owned books, tools and equipment. When books are damaged, a rebinding fee will be charged. If books or tools are lost or destroyed, the purchase price of the said article will be charged.
The Academic Center provides materials and instruction and remediation in mathematics, reading, language arts, and communication skills, through a variety of means. The goal is to assist students with the skills necessary to be successful in his or her chosen career.
Upon request of the sending high school, it is the policy of the Mid-America Technology Center to provide homebound instruction at district expense for students who are receiving homebound instruction in accordance with their high school's homebound eligibility requirements.
Student Services provides information related to career choices, college and advanced technical school entrance requirements, and information concerning job opportunities. Assistance in actual job placement for students completing programs is also available.
Career and personal counseling services are available as needed. Students may take advantage of these services at any time but must check-out through their instructor. All students seeking counseling services or being referred by instructors should report to the Student Services Office. Interest inventories, testing, and referral services may be obtained upon request of students.
All high school students are encouraged to participate in student accident insurance available to schools. If your local high school does not provide this service, please contact your instructor at Mid-America or the Assistant Superintendent for information concerning student insurance. The school does not carry insurance covering student accidents and is not liable. It is the responsibility of the student and/or the parent or guardian to make provision for this situation.
Career Tech Student Organizations sponsored by the instructor of each class, are provided to promote activities for citizenship and leadership development. The student activities during the year are sponsored by SkillsUSA, BPA, HOSA and FCCLA. These organizations are considered a very important part of technical education, and active participation is a part of every class.
Students may only compete within their primary career major divisions, Trade and Industrial Classes - SkillsUSA, Health Classes - HOSA, Business and Information Technology - BPA, and Service Careers/Hospitality - FCCLA.
Student participation in community service, meetings., conferences, contest and leadership positions is supported by the teacher and administration. Involvement in CTSO activities is approved based on progress, attendance, and recommendation of the teacher. Students placing 1st in state competitions and national officer candidates may be eligible to compete in national competitions.
Transportation will be provided to each of the high schools in the area, or to such other locations as may be agreed upon by the Board of Education. Students will be expected to conduct themselves on the school bus the same as in the classroom. The driver has the same authority as the instructor. Transportation for adult students may be provided through arrangements by the Assistant Superintendent.
Students who have disabilities, including those with mobility limitations, speech, hearing or sight impairment, learning, or other disabilities covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, may receive reasonable educational accommodations.
To request accommodations, students with disabilities must go directly to the Student Services Office where all disabilities must be verified with supporting documentation. Student responsibilities may include:
Contact the Student Services Office for information on documentation needs and services available. Students are advised to make their request well in advance of the beginning of classes ( especially advisable if the accommodation requires a textbook in an alternative format). Inquiries about reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities can be directed to the Student Services Office at 405-449-3391 x7604.
Students with disabilities wishing to appeal decisions regarding accommodations planned or provided may request a grievance form from the office of the Non-Discrimination officer. Call 405-449-3391 x7601 to request the form.
Financial Aid is available for post-secondary adult students only. MATC participates in the Federal Pell Grant, Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, sponsorships and various scholarships. For more information, contact Melinda Simpson, Financial Aid Coordinator.
MATC is an approved school in which eligible veterans may use their V.A. educational benefits. Contact Melinda Simpson, Financial Aid Coordinator, for procedures and the submission of required documents. Veterans also have specific policies and procedures they must follow as approved by the state accrediting agency, for a copy of the V.A. bulletin please contact Melinda Simpson.
Parents of secondary students may request an opportunity to inspect and review any and all official record files and data directly related to their child. This request is to be submitted in writing to the Assistant Superintendent, who will then notify the parents that they may inspect said records giving the date for the review. The date will be set as soon after the request is feasible and possible.
Mid-America Technology Center will not release personally identifiable records or files of students under the age of 18, without the written consent of their parents. When any student has attained 18 years of age, the permission to review or consent to release records and files shall only be accorded to and required of, the student.
Suspension From High School
Any secondary student suspended from the home school is automatically suspended from Mid-America Technology Center and will not be reinstated until Mid-America receives official notification that the student is reinstated in the home school.
Procedure Of Suspension Of Secondary Students
The Director of Full-Time Programs, Director of Student Services, or the Assistant Superintendent shall suspend the student in the following manner:
( 1) When a student violates board policy or a school rule or regulation, the administrator shall conduct an informal conference to discuss the policy, rule or regulation and the conduct which is in violation of the policy, rule or regulation. The student will be asked whether he/ she understands the policy, rule or regulation and be given full opportunity to explain and discuss his/her conduct.
(2) If it is concluded that suspension is appropriate, the student shall be advised that he/she is being suspended and the length of the suspension. Attempts will be made by phone and in writing to notify the student and his/her parents or guardian, and the home school principal, stating the reason for the suspension, the term of the suspension, and the student's right of hearing before the Superintendent.
(3) A student may be suspended without a conference if the conduct of the student reasonably indicates that the continued presence of the student will constitute an immediate danger or substantial disruption of the educational process.
Procedure Of Appeal For Secondary Students
(1) A student suspended for a period of ten (10) or fewer days is entitled to all pre-appeal rights presently accorded by the technology center's policy to students who have been suspended for periods of greater than ten (10) school days. A student who has been given a short-term suspension and that student's parents have a right to appeal a suspension decision to a committee composed of administrators and/ or instructors. An appeal to the committee can be requested by letter to the administrator received within five (5) calendar days following the parent or students' receipt of the suspension notice. Upon receipt of a timely appeal, the administrator shall confirm that the suspension falls within the category of suspensions reserved to the committee.
(2) A parent or the student may appeal the administrator's suspension decision for a suspension of more than ten (10) school days to the superintendent and, following the appeal to the superintendent, to the board of education, or if appointed by the board, a hearing officer. A letter to the superintendent requesting an appeal must be received within five (5) calendar days after the administrator's suspension decision is received by the parent or student. The superintendent should hold a conference with the parent as soon as possible after receipt
of the appeal to discuss the policy, rule or regulation and the conduct which is in violation of the policy, rule or regulation. At the conclusion the superintendent will state whether the suspension will be terminated or modified.
Procedure Of Suspension Of Post-Secondary Students
The Director of Full-Time Programs, Director of Student Services, or the Assistant Superintendent shall suspend the student in the following manner:
( 1) When a student violates board policy or a school rule or regulation, the administrator shall conduct an informal conference to discuss the policy, rule or regulation and the conduct which is in violation of the policy, rule or regulation. The student will be asked whether he/she understands the policy, rule or regulation and be given full opportunity to explain and discuss his/her conduct.
(2) If it is concluded that suspension is appropriate, the student shall
be advised that he/ she is being suspended and the length of the suspension.
(3) A student may be suspended without a conference if the conduct of the student reasonably indicates that the continued presence of the student will constitute an immediate danger or substantial disruption of the educational process.
Procedure Of Appeal For Post-Secondary Students
If all or any portion of the administrator's decision is not agreed to, the student has the right to appeal the decision to the superintendent by letter within 72 hours of the decision rendered by the administrator. The superintendent shall have the authority to sustain, overrule, or modify the administrator's decision. The decision of the superintendent shall be final.
In-district secondary and adult students under the age of 22 years old will be awarded the Next Step Scholarship, which covers tuition in all programs with the exception of the Practical Nursing Program. There will be no tuition for in-district students 65 years or older for regular daytime programs. In-district adult students, who are 62 years old through 64 years old, at the beginning of the semester, will be charged one half-dollar ($.50) per clock-hour of training. All other students will be charged one dollar ($1.00) per clock-hour of training. Tuition will be determined by the ODCTE for our out of district secondary students.
Half of the tuition is due on or before the fifteenth day of the student's scheduled start date. The other half is due on or before half of the scheduled hours for the career major in which the student is enrolled. Students not paying tuition within the scheduled time frame may be withdrawn and/ or not enrolled the following semester.
Refund Policy For Full-time Career Majors
1. Students who withdraw on or before the 1st day of class through the 15th day of the period in which they were charged are eligible for a 100% refund of tuition only.
2. After the 15th day of the period in which they were charged, NO refund will be issued.
3. Nonattendance of classes does not constitute official withdrawal. The student must complete an official withdrawal form in order to be eligible for a refund.
4. A refund request will not be approved unless all financial obligations to the technology center have been met.
Note: Fees, books, supplies, and uniforms are non-refundable.
Federal Financial Aid Refund Policy
In addition to MATC's refund policy, students receiving Title IV Federal Financial Aid are subject to the following:
The institution must determine the amount of federal financial aid to return based on a pro-rata basis. If the student withdraws before completing more than 60% of the payment period, the student must return unearned funds (see the financial aid office for detailed calculations). The student will be billed for any unearned funds including the amount of institutional charges (tuition, fees, books, supplies) the school had to return on the student's behalf.
Students are NOT permitted to bring visitors. Visitors wishing to tour our facilities should make arrangements with the Directors prior to the time they wish to tour. Visitors to the campus will be required to sign in at the front office and receive a Visitor's Badge.
All students who desire to terminate their course of training must obtain a Withdrawal Record from the Student Services Office. This form must be completed and signed by the instructor, and then returned to the office, before the student receives official clearance from the school. Secondary students should also make arrangements for withdrawal from their home schools.
At the end of the school year, or at the time of withdrawal from school, it is the student's responsibility to have the instructor verify that the student has completed the academic requirements and returned all school-owned books, tools, and equipment. Financial obligations must be fulfilled before grades or certification of training can be released.
Some policies and procedures may differ for the Practical Nursing program. Please refer to the Practical Nursing Program Policy and Student Handbook.
The technology center board adopts the following requirements addressing drug and alcohol use by students and employees, to comply with Section 22(b)(l) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (20 U.S.C.§ 3224a).
1. The technology center has adopted and shall maintain, as part of its curriculum drug and alcohol education and prevention programs which clearly convey that the use and possession of illicit drugs and the use of alcohol are wrong and harmful.
2. The technology center has adopted and shall maintain mandatory standards of conduct and disciplinary sanctions applicable to all students regarding the use of drugs and alcohol.
3. Violation of this policy may be drawn from specific objective and articulable facts and reasonable inferences drawn from those facts in light of experience, and may be based upon, among other things:
A trained employee of Mid-America Technology Center may apply a simple neurological procedure by examining the pupillary response to light and the muscle functions of the student's eyes. This procedure, often referred to as the Rapid Eye Test (RET), is used in athletic programs to determine if brain function has been impaired because of injury, illness or disease. The RET will be performed in private, and when possible in the presence of another employee of Mid-America Technology Center.
If neurological abnormalities are detected, regardless of the cause, the parent or guardian of the student will be immediately contacted. If no contact can be made, the student will remain in Administrative care for the remainder of the class period. The aforementioned behaviors, as well as the neurological examination, may be sufficient reasonable suspicion to search for illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the student's clothing, locker, or automobile.
In addition to local, State, and general Federal statutes that make it a crime to possess or distribute a controlled substance, there are special Federal laws designed to protect children and schools from drugs.
An important part of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 makes it a Federal Crime to sell drugs in or near a public or private elementary or secondary school. Under this new ''schoolhouse" law, sales within 1,000 feet of school grounds are punishable by up to double the sentence that would apply if the sale occurred elsewhere. Even more serious mandatory penalties are available for repeat offenders.
Distribution or sale to minors of controlled substances is also a Federal crime. When anyone over age 21 sells drugs to anyone under 18, the seller runs the risk that he will receive up to double the sentence that would apply to a sale to an adult. Here too, more serious penalties can be imposed on repeat offenders.
Students and/or employees who violate Mid-America's policy for a Drug-Free School and Workplace, as one option for disciplinary action, may be placed on probation, pending satisfactory participation in an appropriate drug/alcohol abuse treatment program, at the students/ employee's expense. Information concerning available counseling and treatment programs, both private and public, will be provided through the Student Services Office. In addition, a listing of programs available in each county will be provided and available in each program classroom/office and in student/employee lounges. Full-time employees needing services of this type are encouraged to use the health insurance benefits.
Individuals who desire information or referral from another source should contact the Department of Mental Health at the following phone numbers: Oklahoma City ReachOut 405-271-2444, Teen-line (12 noon - 12 midnight) 1-800-525-Teen, and the Hotline 1-800-522-9054. This agency provides referral, education, and advocacy services at no cost, on a statewide basis.
PLAY IT SAFE ... JUST SAY. .. NO!
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a 1nandate issued by United States Senate, has established the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) which clearly defines guidelines for the identification and monitoring of asbestos containing grade twelve. In order to comply with these regulations, we have two certified inspectors and management planners on staff to conduct our inspection and complete our Management Planner report. All personnel utilized for inspection are certified by the Oklahoma State Department of Health guidelines and have performed the inspection in a specific manner.
The inspection procedure is accomplished by employing specialized training skills and equipment Asbestos Containing Materials continued
in such a way as to assure the elimination of risk to building occupants while sampling is being conducted. All sampling of suspect materials was accomplished in the absence of students and occupants within the facility in order to further assure that any potential for exposure was precluded. Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) were found in the school, the results of which may be obtained from the Director of Operations of Mid-America Technology Center and who is serving as Asbestos Coordinator. In order to further satisfy requirements of AHERA, there has been a management plan developed for Mid-America and at this time, has been submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Health and approved. The plan addresses Asbestos Containing Materials found and identified in three ways.
Again, specific information with regard to this notification may be obtained from the Assistant Superintendent of Operations (405) 449-7600.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
The Mid-America Technology Center respects and values student activism. The technology center takes pride in our students’ interactions with social and political issues, viewing it as a desirable, if not essential, component of civic engagement and, therefore, adopts the following policy.
The outdoor areas of any campus of the technology center are deemed public forums for the campus community, and the technology center will not create "free speech zones" or other designated areas of campus outside of which expressive activities are prohibited. The technology center may maintain and enforce reasonable time, place and manner restrictions narrowly tailored in service of a significant institutional interest when the restrictions employ clear, published, content- and viewpoint-neutral criteria and provide for ample alternative means of expression. Any such restrictions shall allow for members of the campus community to spontaneously and contemporaneously assemble and distribute literature. Nothing in this paragraph shall be interpreted as applying to student expression taking place elsewhere on campus.
Any person who wishes to engage in noncommercial expressive activity on campus shall be permitted to do so freely, as long as the person's conduct is not unlawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the technology center.
Nothing in this policy shall be interpreted as preventing the technology center from prohibiting, limiting or restricting expression that the First Amendment does not protect or prohibiting harassment as defined in this policy.
Nothing in this policy shall enable individuals to engage in conduct that intentionally, materially and substantially disrupts another person's expressive activity if that activity is occurring in a campus space reserved for that activity under the exclusive use or control of a particular group.
Nothing in this policy shall prohibit the technology center from maintaining and enforcing reasonable time, place and manner restrictions that are narrowly tailored to serve a significant institutional interest only when such restrictions employ clear, published, content- and viewpoint-neutral criteria. Any such restrictions shall allow for members of the campus community to spontaneously and contemporaneously assemble, speak and distribute literature.
The technology center will make public in its student handbook, on its websites and through its orientation programs for students the policies, regulations and expectations of students regarding free expression on campus consistent with this policy.
The technology center will develop materials, programs and procedures to ensure that those persons who have responsibility for discipline or education of students, including but not limited to administrators, campus police officers, and instructors, understand the policies, regulations and duties of the technology center regarding free expression on campus.
By December 31 each year, the technology center will publicly post on its website and submit to the Governor and Legislature a report that details the course of action implemented to comply with the provisions a report which details the course of action implemented to be in compliance with the requirements of 70 O.S. §2120. A report shall also be submitted in the instance of any changes or updates to the chosen course of action. The report provided on the website shall be:
The technology center’s report will include the following information:
a. a description of any barriers to or incidents of disruption of free expression occurring on campus, including but not limited to attempts to block or prohibit speakers and investigations into students or student organizations for their speech. The description shall include the nature of each barrier or incident, as well as what disciplinary action, if any, was taken against members of the campus community determined to be responsible for those specific barriers or incidents involving students without revealing those students' personally identifiable information, and
b. any other information the technology center deems valuable for the public to evaluate whether free expression rights for all members of the campus community have been equally protected and enforced.
In the event the technology center is sued for an alleged violation of First Amendment rights, a supplementary report, with a copy of the complaint or amended complaint, will be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature within thirty (30) days.
"Campus community" means students, administrators, faculty and staff at the technology center and their invited guests;
“Expressive activities” include, but are not limited to, any lawful verbal, written, audio-visual or electronic means by which individuals may communicate ideas to one another, including all forms of peaceful assembly, protests, speeches and guest speakers, distribution of literature, carrying signs and circulating petitions.
"Harassment" means only that expression that is unwelcome, so severe, pervasive and subjectively and objectively offensive that a student is effectively denied equal access to educational opportunities or benefits provided by the technology center.
"Materially and substantially disrupts" means when a person, with the intent to or with knowledge of doing so, significantly hinders another person's or group's expressive activity, prevents the communication of the message or prevents the transaction of the business of a lawful meeting, gathering or procession by:
a. engaging in fighting, violent or other unlawful behavior, or
b. physically blocking or using threats of violence to prevent any person from attending, listening to, viewing or otherwise participating in an expressive activity. Conduct that "materially disrupts" shall not include conduct that is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or Section 22 of Article 2 of the Oklahoma Constitution. Such protected conduct includes but is not limited to lawful protests in the outdoor areas of campus generally accessible to the members of the public, except during times when those areas have been reserved in advance for other events, or minor, brief or fleeting nonviolent disruptions of events that are isolated and short in duration;
"Outdoor areas of campus" means the generally accessible outside areas of campus where members of the campus community are commonly allowed, such as grassy areas, walkways or other similar common areas and does not include outdoor areas where access is restricted from a majority of the campus community.
"Student organization" means an officially recognized group at the technology center, or a group seeking official recognition, comprised of admitted students that receive or are seeking to receive benefits at the technology center.
Reference: Okla. Stat. tit. 70, § 2120
Mid-America Technology Center offers more than 27 full-time career majors and numerous adult and career development courses in the evening that represent many of the high-demand trades in the region. It is our mission, "To enrich economic growth by providing quality education and training"
Located on our home page at www.matech.edu you will find the Consumer Information Guide.
Contents of the guide include information on the following:
For more information regarding Consumer Information or for a hard copy of the Consumer Information Guide, contact Melinda Simpson, Financial Aid Coordinator Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm.