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KTC Hires New Instructors at the Poteau Campus Featured

Written by  Tuesday, 10 October 2017 11:25
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The Kiamichi Technology Centers recently hired three new instructors for their Poteau campus.

Michael Cunningham was hired as the Automotive Service Technology instructor.


He is a 1995 graduate of Red Oak High School. He attended Kiamichi Technology Center’s Automotive Service Technology program before completing his Associates degree at Oklahoma State University – Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.


Cunningham obtained his Bachelor’s degree in CareerTech Education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.


He has worked in the automotive industry for 20 years at the Poteau Motor Company.


He and his wife, Christy, reside in Wister. They have two children: Isaac – 9 and Abby - 6. They are members of the Red Oak Bethel Baptist Church where he helps with the youth group.


Cunningham’s favorite motivational quote is, “You’ve got to work hard to play hard.”


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Kellie Sanders was hired as the Math instructor for the Poteau Campus.


She is a graduate of Heavener High School.


Sanders obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education from Northeastern State University.


She has taught all levels of math at Heavener High School for the past 16 years. She and her husband, Rodale, reside in Heavener. They have two children: Shaylie – 20 and Gunner - 18. Sanders stated, “I am very happy to be a part of the KTC family.”


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Mike Walker was hired as the instructor for the new Criminal Justice program at the Poteau Campus.


He is 1987 graduate of Bokoshe High School.


After high school he enlisted in the USAF/Air National Guard as a traditional guardsman.


Walker was selected to become a full time employee of the 188th Security Forces Squadron in 1994 where he remained until he retired in April of this year. During his time at the 188th Walker worked as the Unit Training Manager, Resource Advisor and finally as the Superintendent.


Walker states, “It was an honor and a blessing to work, deploy, travel and train with so many great people from all branches of the military during my years in the service. That is what I miss the most.” Walker received his Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic) from Westark Community College in 1997. He obtained his Associates of Applied Sciences in Criminal Justice from Community College of the Air Force in 2013 and his Bachelor’s of Science in Technology from Bowling Green State University in 2017.


He and his wife, Stacy, have been married for 24 years.


They have two children; Bailey and Jared. Bailey, 19, is a full time student at CASC in the scholar’s program.


Her goal is to become an Occupational Therapist. Jared, 17, is a senior at Spiro High School, but is also attending CASC, enrolled in 9 hours this semester.


Stacy is in her 25th year as a teacher, currently teaching Special Education at Spiro.


They live south of Spiro on a quiet piece of property. Walker enjoys bow hunting, being in the outdoors & hiking with Stacy. They attend Victory Worship Center in Spiro. Walker commented, “I am extremely excited about this next chapter of my life teaching Criminal Justice at KTC. I wish this program had existed when I was in high school.”

Kiamichi Technology Centers has been an integral part of the communities in southeastern Oklahoma since 1968, serving ten full counties and parts of three other counties. KTC is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system and is one of 29 districts within the state. KTC has more than 30 career programs, and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields.


KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Division that works with over 400 businesses each year.


For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at Like their Facebook page at



David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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