HISTORY of METRO TECH
The Metro Technology Centers Springlake Campus is located at the site of what used to be an Oklahoma City landmark - Springlake Amusement Park. This historic fun park was opened in 1922 and for more than 60 years generations of Oklahomans looked to Springlake as the ideal spot for entertainment, dancing and breathtaking rides, such as the legendary “Big Dipper” roller coaster.
The amusement park was plagued with numerous fires over its many years of operation. In 1981, after yet another devastating fire, Springlake Amusement Park was closed. But, one bright note still remains in the final chapter of Springlake’s history. The passing of the old park has made it possible for future generations to build the skills that will bring more lasting happiness and security than all the cotton candy, thrilling rides and concerts the world could hope to hold.
The Springlake property (95 acres) was purchased in June 1982 for $1.1 million by the Metro Technology Centers Board of Education. It is now known as the Springlake Campus. Metro Technology Centers is now a career and technology education district with four campuses serving the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. We offer a variety of training and career programs to high school students, adults and business and industry. Currently 32 full-time programs and hundreds of short-term and online classes are available, as well as customized training for business and industry.
Metro Technology Centers is a recipient of the Gold Star Award by the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The Gold Star School Award recognizes technology centers that have met rigid and demanding criteria, demonstrating a high level of excellence.
HISTORY of RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY
Metro Technology Centers Radiologic Technology program was first established as a hospital based program at Oklahoma City’s Wesley Hospital. It is unclear when the program was originally begun but student records date back continuously to 1967. Wesley Hospital’s name eventually changed to Presbyterian Hospital (and in 2001, became OU Medical Center Presbyterian Tower). In December 1974 the hospital moved to the current location at 13th and Lincoln Boulevard at which time the program name became Presbyterian Hospital School of Radiologic Technology. The program was nationally accredited and has maintained JRCERT accreditation since that time.
In 1994, due to economic reasons, Presbyterian Hospital’s corporate owner decided to phase out the program and July 1, 1995, ownership was transferred to Metro Technology Centers. Metro Tech provided funds for the development of the lab and through the years more funds were allocated to purchase additional and up-to-date equipment including a computerized radiography system.
The Radiologic Technology program provides an accredited plan of study within the framework of the career and technology education system that prepares individuals for employment in the performance of medical imaging procedures, along with their accompanying responsibilities.
Achievement of the program’s mission is assessed by the degree to which the following goals have been met:
- Students will be clinically competent.
- Students will demonstrate communication skills.
- Students will develop critical thinking skills.
- Students will model professionalism.
Achievement of the program’s mission is also assessed by the following outcomes:
- Program Completion Rate
- ARRT Exam Pass Rate
- Employment Rate
- Graduate Satisfaction
- Employer Satisfaction