Picture of Jim Lawson looking at the camera and smiling

ADA, OK - Pontotoc Technology Center is thrilled to announce the appointment of Jim Lawson as the new Assistant Director for Business and Industry Services at PTC. Jim assumed his new role on August 1st, 2023.  

Jim brings over four decades of experience in trade, technical, and industrial education, and nearly 30 years as a business owner. His demonstrated commitment to workforce development and training will play a pivotal role in furthering PTC’s vision of anticipating needs and educating our customers to provide a trained workforce in Oklahoma.

“In his new role as Assistant Director, Jim will be responsible for calling on new and existing industries, and developing new programs - one of which is our new LineWorker Program that started in August,” said Jenny Cypert, Business and Industry Director at PTC.

"We are excited to add Jim Lawson to our leadership team," said Travis Graham, Superintendent at PTC. "His wealth of knowledge and dedication to empowering our business and industry partners and students with relevant in-demand skills will be instrumental in advancing our programs and fostering stronger ties with local businesses."

Pontotoc Technology Center has a longstanding reputation for providing cutting-edge education and workforce development opportunities to the community. Lawson's appointment reaffirms PTC’s commitment to excellence in education and its continuous efforts to prepare students for whatever the world of business and industry may need.

Jim expressed his enthusiasm for the new role, saying, "During my time at PTC I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing partners in our community. I am honored to be a part of this outstanding institution and to work alongside the dedicated staff. I look forward to contributing to the growth and success of our students and the community as a whole."

Pontotoc Technology Center is part of the Oklahoma Career Tech system and offers full-time training opportunities in Health Science, Practical Nursing, Cosmetology, Heavy Equipment, HVAC, Automotive, Information Technology, Firefighter Training, Line Worker Training, and Welding. Additionally, the STEM program, Biotechnology, is an advanced science course available to qualifying high school juniors and seniors. Details at www.pontotoctech.edu.

Pontotoc Technology Center is a public career and technology education center located in Ada, Oklahoma. Pontotoc Technology Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, or age in its programs and activities. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX (titleix@pontotoctech.edu) and 504 (rjohns@pontotoctech.edu) non-discrimination policies at 601 West 33rd Street, Ada, OK 74820 | 580-310-2200.