MNTC Overview

Mission, Vision & Core Values

Mission: Preparing for success, changing lives, building better tomorrows.

Vision: Moore Norman Technology Center – where education, business and community work together to create an elevated economy.

Core Values: Excellence, Relationships and Integrity.

What is MNTC?

Established in 1972, Moore Norman Technology Center, School District No. 17 is viewed as one of the nation's premiere educational and training institutions. MNTC is one of 29 technology centers within Oklahoma's globally-recognized CareerTech System. With an emphasis on experiential learning and hands-on training, adult and high school students gain meaningful career and technical skills that, in most cases, lead to state and national certifications and employment. MNTC also provides professional business consultation and training to area companies and has an award-winning Business Development Center on campus to help entrepreneurs in the early phases of business-building. The MNTC district includes the communities of Norman, Moore and south Oklahoma City.

In 2017, MNTC earned the Oklahoma Quality Award at the Achievement of Excellence level through the Oklahoma Quality Foundation. The Oklahoma Quality Award criteria provides Oklahoma businesses and organization with a framework to promote the principles of performance excellence and sharing of best practices. The criteria focuses on seven specific areas: Leadership; Strategy; Customers; Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management; Workforce; Operations; and Results.

MNTC has also earned the Oklahoma Association of Technology Center’s Gold Star School Award fifteen times. This annual application-based award recognizes technology center districts that have met rigid and demanding criteria demonstrating a high level of excellence. This voluntary program provides recognition to districts with exemplary programs designed to meet a broad spectrum of community needs.

As an educational institution, we offer educational opportunities for:

  • High school students
  • College-bound students
  • Career changing adults
  • Career advancing professionals
  • Business and industry training and certification
  • Accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
  • Oklahoma Quality Award for Excellence in Achievement - Oklahoma Quality Awards are given to organizations that demonstrate high standards of excellence worthy of recognition in Oklahoma. We represent the best of Oklahoma businesses, and are proud to be recognized as such.
  • MNTC has earned the Oklahoma Association of Technology Center’s Gold Star School Award 15 times, most recently during the 2016-2017 school year. This annual application-based award recognizes technology center districts that have met rigid and demanding criteria demonstrating a high level of excellence. This voluntary program provides recognition to districts with exemplary programs designed to meet a broad spectrum of community needs.
  • MNTC is ISO 9001 Registered.
  • MNTC Business & Industry Services division received the Oklahoma Quality Award, Achievement Level in 1999.
  • We offer rigor in the classroom through nationally accredited curriculum where available for Long Term, and growing number of Short Term courses.
  • Long Term program accreditation through the following national and state organizations:
    • Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)
    • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
    • American Design Drafting Association (ADDA)
    • Oklahoma Department of Human Services Three Star Facility
    • Oklahoma Board of Cosmetology
    • Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP)
    • Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants endowment (AAMAE) in cooperation with CAAHEP
    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    • Oklahoma Board of Nursing
    • Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
    • Accreditation Review Committee for Education in Surgical Technology in cooperation with CAAHEP
    • Oracle Academy

MNTC School Board

MNTC is governed by a Board of Education. It consists of five elected members, one from each of the five zones that comprise the district, who each serve five-year terms. MNTC's district encompasses Norman and Moore public school districts, which includes part of south Oklahoma City.

The Board is a branch of the State Government that is responsible to the people of the Moore Norman district. The broad powers of the Board are derived from the state constitution, the laws of the State of Oklahoma, and the consent of the people as provided by Oklahoma Law.

The Board is the official representation of the people on all matters of public concern. The Board must be nonpartisan, nonsectarian, and represent all the people of the community; and, consequently, the school administrators by a Board selected and elected by the people through the process of representative government.

Consequently, the school is administered by a Board selected and elected by Zone residents through the process of representative government. The MNTC Board of Education encourages the community to express its will.

Oklahoma’s network of technology centers provides an option for career and technical education that is both industry and community-focused. It is the responsibility of technology centers to use taxpayer funds to educate, train, and develop a strong workforce that enhances economic development in our state, and we are obligated to improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans. MNTC offers clients and students classroom and lab space, and exposure to the same high-end equipment and tools used in industry right now.

MNTC’s average student-to-teacher ratio for career major classes is 24.6:1. Since our doors opened in 1976, we’ve provided technical training to high school students, adults, and business clients, and our customer base continues to evolve. For example, MNTC is unique in its ability to provide customized programs and services that support the growth of community businesses. As a result, businesses and companies considering relocating to Moore, Norman, or south Oklahoma City turn to MNTC for their training and consulting in areas such as employee development, safety, organizational development, and international quality standards.

Jane Bowen

Jane Bowen

Jane currently serves as the Superintendent of Moore Norman Technology Center.  She has 36 years of experience in the field of education.  Jane grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she earned a B.S. in Education and a M.Ed. in Counseling.

Jane began her extensive career in education as an elementary, middle and high school counselor and gifted & talented coordinator. She taught high school biology, chemistry and physics for 11 years before becoming a psychometrist for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. A licensed professional counselor, Jane served as an adjunct professor of psychology at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and was the superintendent of Northeast Technology Center in Afton, OK before coming to Moore Norman Technology Center in January 2012. 

Currently, Jane serves on the boards of the Moore Chamber of Commerce, the Norman Economic Development Coalition and Meals of Wheels.  She is a founder and advisory committee member of CareerTech Women in Leadership and was a member of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXIV. In addition to her affiliation with numerous professional organizations, Jane is a member of Women United, an initiative of the United Way, and is a member of the Caring Adult Network of the Center for Children and Families.

In August, 2014, Bowen was named as one of The Journal Record’s Women of the Year: 50 Making a Difference. Other awards include “Educator of the Year” in 2008 by the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education and “Women of Recognition Educational Development Award” from the American University Association of University Women in 2004. 

Superintendent, CEO

Jeanette Capshaw

Jeanette Capshaw

Since beginning her career thirty years ago as a special education teacher and guidance counselor, Jeanette has established herself as a committed educator and innovative leader in the profession. She currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent at Moore Norman Technology Center, a leading institution in Oklahoma’s globally recognized CareerTech system.

Among the programs Jeanette has initiated within her state’s career and technical education system is the “CareerTech Women in Leadership” program designed to identify promising female CareerTech professionals and increase their opportunities through leadership training and mentoring. Jeanette was also instrumental in the development of an innovative model of delivery of Pre-Engineering classes for the district's partner schools.

Jeanette holds seats on both the state and national Career Tech boards of directors. She has participated in numerous national leadership activities such as TechCap, Educators’ Leadership Academy, and Harvard Leadership for Large School Improvement Program. Closer to home, Jeanette has participated in Leadership Norman and Leadership Moore. 

Jeanette is also passionate about serving her community and currently serves on the board of directors of Bridges, a non-profit independent living organization for displaced high school students. She is also the chairman of the board for Meals on Wheels of Norman. Through her involvement in Leadership Norman and Bridges, she was the recipient of the peer-nominated Earl Sneed Award. 

Jeanette and her husband Kerry, have six grown children that keep them busy traveling across six states.

Deputy Superintendent

Steve Ketchum

Steve Ketchum

Mr. Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s of Education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He is certified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education in trade/industrial education, as a secondary principal, superintendent, and holds the required Technology Center Administrator credential.

Mr. Ketchum spent 15 years in manufacturing and has 25 years’ experience as an educator, including experience as a precision machining teacher, work-site learning coordinator, and instructional director.  He currently works at Moore Norman Technology Center as Executive Director, where he leads Business and Industry Services. Before joining Moore Norman Technology Center, Mr. Ketchum worked at Pioneer Technology Center as Director of Instruction, supervising trade and industrial education programs.

Mr. Ketchum has actively participated in Career Majors, Character First, Curriculum Development, numerous Grants, Oklahoma Department of Career Tech Evaluation, North Central Accreditation, Post-secondary Adult Career Education, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, and Tech Centers That Work.  He has a strong grasp of the important role industry plays in technical education and understands the value of workplace learning.

Executive Director/Campus Director

Karla Marshall

Karla Marshall

Karla Marshall started her career with AT&T, Consumer Products Division.  She was involved in training all levels of personnel from executive staff to skilled labor and developed and authored training and technical materials used by the division.  In addition, Karla served on a research and development team assigned to Bell Laboratories in developing prototype telecommunication equipment.

Dr.  Marshall started with Moore Norman Technology Center in 1991.  Karla led the Business and Industry Services division in becoming the first educational organization in North America to achieve ISO 9000 registration in 1996 and the first educational organization to be selected for the Oklahoma Quality Award Achievement level in 1999.   Karla co-authored the book, Leading Change in Technical Education Training, which has been used by several countries, including Malaysia and the Philippines, for the improvement of their country’s technical education programs.   Her current position is Executive Director for Quality Services where she is responsible for the district accreditation, strategic planning, quality management system, and warehouse/inventory system.  She has a B.S. in Technical Education from OCU, a M.Ed. from UCO, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with an emphasis in instructional design from OU.  Dr. Marshall is a certified Oklahoma Superintendent, and a certified CareerTech Administrator.   Her industry certifications include Myers-Briggs Master Facilitator, Strategic Planning Facilitator, Achieve Global Management Facilitator, Lean Manufacturing Facilitator, an ISO 9000 Lead Auditor, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and a Baldrige Quality Award examiner.

Executive Director, Quality Services

The Moore Norman Technology Center Foundation, Inc. was established in 1974 to foster and promote technology education, and to help students realize their dreams when financial difficulties can become a road block to academic and career success. Since its inception, the MNTC Foundation has grown to include a granting program for teachers as well as emergency funding for MNTC students or staff who face  sudden hardship. A tax-deductible gift to the MNTC Foundation is a gift of a quality education and an investment in the future of our economy.

MNTC Foundation Goals

  • Engage the community in ongoing education improvement
  • Provide a professional mechanism and expertise to collect and invest donated funds in a way that is agreeable to donors
  • Give investment options for those truly interested in the future of the community

Donation Types

Merit-based scholarships awarded to students who have exhibited outstanding leadership and professional skills in their MNTC class.

Available to any MNTC student or staff member in the event of a sudden loss of income or extreme hardship.

Assist teachers in purchasing classroom supplies and equipment to enable them to teach their students more effectively. These funds can also be applied to tuition or training costs related to teaching.


MNTC Foundation trustees may include up to 20 representatives of Moore and Norman banking institutions, chambers of commerce and business. Currently, MNTC’s Foundation has 17 trustees.

To Give

For more information, call (405) 217-8200.
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to Moore Norman Technology Center Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 6586, Norman, OK 73070.

As a taxpayer in Moore Norman Technology Center’s district, you have the right to know how your tax dollars are being spent. Our annual Progress Report to Taxpayers provides financial facts about how MNTC receives funding, and how those dollars are allocated and invested back into the community through full-time and part-time classes, and support, training and education for business and industry.

Statistics are important measures of effectiveness, and so are the voices of the customers MNTC serves each year. Success stories are highlighted in our report, to demonstrate the economic development impact your technology center has on the communities of Moore, Norman and south Oklahoma City.

In order for MNTC to fulfill its mission, vision and goals, input from you, the taxpayer, is vital. You’re always invited to come by the campus and see for yourself how your money is being used. 

Look inside – see how we do it. It’s Your Sound Investment – Our Financial Return