Tri County Tech Foundation

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The Michael Smith Education Fund
The Michael Smith Fund for Paramedic, EMT, and Firefighter Education was established to honor the late Mike Smith. Mike especially treasured his close friendships with area firefighters, EMTs, police officers, and other first responders, who made him one of their own. In 2004, Michael was named Honorary Fire Chief of Oklahoma.

You can read more about the life and legacy of Mike Smith here.

If you are interested in making a one-time gift to the Michael Smith Fund, visit below.

We committed to ensuring that no student is denied an education due to their inability to pay.

Our scholarships help people like Katie, who recently graduated from our eleven-month practical nursing program. She came to us as a single mom with three kids and a $13,000 debt from a private technical college that landed her an $8.50 an hour pharmacy tech job. “I came from poverty and was stuck in poverty,” she shared with us, “I lived in a broken-down trailer park full of druggies and never thought I could escape.”

As a Licensed Practical Nurse and Foundation recipient, Kaitie graduated without tuition debt and is making $48,000 a year.

“I have a refrigerator full of groceries that I paid for without government assistance. Plus, I just bought a home that does not have wheels!”

Kaite | Foundation Recipient

The majority of the recipients of the Tri County Tech Foundation are individuals who have no other form of financial assistance. We need your help. Please join us in this worthy endeavor. Students throughout Northeast Oklahoma depend on us.

Ways to Give

Tri County Tech educators believe wholeheartedly in the life-changing opportunities they provide – so much that every full-time employee donates to the Foundation. Tri County Tech has the right programs and educators to provide life-changing learning opportunities to more students like Katie in our communities. Together, we can extend the reach of Tri County Tech until no student is denied an education due to the lack of funds.

“Tri County Tech and the Foundation has immensely changed my life. I drove an hour and twenty minutes one way to go to class for almost two years, and the foundation helped with my expenses. Tri County Tech is a happy place to be; it is a family.”

Seth Day | Tri County Tech Culinary Graduate & Current Employee

The Foundation doesn’t stop at tuition assistance. The reach of the foundation is extended by helping students with barriers to their success. “We have assisted students with fuel, groceries, dental work, and eyeglasses,” said Tonya Foreman, Executive Director for the Foundation. “If our students are hungry, cannot afford fuel for their car, or concentrate because they have a toothache, these everyday life barriers can potentially derail their ability to graduate.”

“Tri County Tech has helped a lot of people live their dreams! I’m thankful for the nursing program, it got me out of the hole I was in for so long. I am finally financially stable because of the foundation.”

Katie | Foundation Recipient

“Thank you so much for this gift card, it helped me a lot. I’ve been struggling recently and this is helping me get back on my feet. Thank you again for all you have done.”

Jacob | Foundation Recipient

Have Questions?

We want to hear from you! For more information about how you can change the lives of others, give Tonya Foreman, the Executive Director of the Tri County Tech Foundation, a call at 918.350.0080 or email at Tonya.Foreman@TriCountyTech.edu.

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