Metro Tech announces new superintendent

Metro Tech Superintendent Aaron Collins

Aaron Collins to lead Oklahoma City CareerTech

OKLAHOMA CITY – A new decade begins at Metro Technology Centers with the employment of a new superintendent. Mr. Aaron Collins was hired by the Metro Tech Board of Education Tuesday evening, June 9, 2020 at the conclusion of a rigorous search.  Collins, who comes to Oklahoma from Kentucky, will begin July 1st replacing retiring superintendent, Bob Parrish, who served in that role for three years.

With the assistance of the Oklahoma State School Board Association (OSSBA), Metro Tech’s seven member board vetted candidates from a nationwide search. The search also incorporated local perspectives. Over 5000 business and community leaders as well as Metro Tech employees were asked to respond to a stakeholder survey regarding the desired qualifications for the next leader of Metro Technology Centers.  

Mr. Collins is a 1999 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University and received the School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. Collins has over 20 years’ experience in education serving as a teacher, coach, building administrator, and most recently for the last seven years as superintendent at Fulton County Schools in Kentucky.

He has worked extensively in Workforce Development in West Kentucky and was instrumental in creating the state and nationally recognized Four Rivers Career Academy; training local community members for job opportunities as well as creating a Welding Certificate program for Fulton County Detention Center inmates. For his efforts he was awarded the Regional Educators President's Award from West Kentucky Community and Technical College in February.

Mr. Collins shared his enthusiasm for Metro Tech, “I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to meeting and working with the students, families, local businesses and the faculty and staff of Metro Technology Centers. I want to thank the Metro Technology Centers Board of Education for their leadership, their vision of preparing for students for life, and their commitment to continuous improvement. At the heart of Metro Technology Centers is a holistic approach to education that embraces every student and meets the needs of our students and provides support to faculty, staff and our community.  That approach will grow career and technology training in the Oklahoma City metro area. Metro Technology Centers will continue to look for ways to support our community, and our students will leave highly skilled and prepared to help spur our local economy.”

Metro Tech Board President, Mr. Matt Latham expressed his confidence in the process managed by the OSSBA, “Our board is excited about the future of Metro Tech and the hire of Aaron Collins as our next Superintendent. After a nationwide search, we yielded a pool with a plethora of incredibly qualified candidates. Following thorough deliberation and multiple rounds of interviews, we ended our search by voting unanimously to approve Aaron Collins’s contract. We look forward to working with Superintendent Collins to provide the highest quality of training for our students and our local business community.”

Superintendent Collins holds an Education Specialist and Masters of Science Degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University and is completing his Dissertation at Tennessee State University.

He is passionate about education and empowering others to do their best. In his free time, Mr. Collins enjoys playing basketball as well as golf and traveling with his family.

Home to the State Capital, Metro Tech moves into its 5th decade of leadership serving the workforce and economic development needs of a 114+ square mile area; encompassing large segments of South OKC, Northeast OKC and the Downtown central business district. The seven member board is working closely with new leadership to meet the vast needs of Oklahoma City’s diverse and growing economy.
 
Metro Technology Centers has four campuses offering full time career training programs and customized business training solutions that has been contributing to Oklahoma’s economic workforce since 1979.

Weekly Update 7/10/2020