Jeremy Cooper grew up just outside of Lawrence, KS and has lived in Tulsa, OK for the last 14 years. He started his career in higher education with Nelnet, inc, a student loan servicing company based out of Lincoln, NE. After an 11 year career in the lending industry, Jeremy made the move to the private vocational school sector as a Financial Aid Director for Platt College. He was then promoted to Campus Director and spent a total of 6 years. After joining Community Care College in May of 2015 as an Admissions Representative, he was quickly promoted to Campus Director of Oklahoma Technical College. Jeremy holds an Associates of Occupational Studies in Business Administration from Community Care College and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree. He is a proud husband and father of 3 children, and enjoys watching all sports, but especially the KC Royals, KC Chiefs, and Kansas Jayhawks. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
Automotive Technology Department Head
As a senior Master technician for over 30 years and reaching the top of the automotive field, Tony was looking for a career where he could give back to an industry that has been so rewarding to him and his family. The need for technicians is higher today than ever before. More than that, the industry needs qualified teachers to ensure the students are getting what they need to succeed in the automotive industry. Being able to pass on the years of experience and knowledge that he has gained is a rewarding experience for him and Tony feels blessed to see new technicians excel in their career path.
As the Department Head at Oklahoma Technical College, Tony has the honor of leading a team of experienced and passionate instructors who want to continue to make an impact on the automotive field. Together they work hard to educate, guide, and produce high quality Automotive Technicians.
Diesel Technology Department Head
Brett Ritchey is the Diesel Technology Department Head at Oklahoma Technical College, and teaches the AM diesel class. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology and Diesel and Heavy Equipment from Pittsburg State University. Brett also is an ASE certified Master Technician with years of experience in the trucking industry, agricultural industry, construction equipment, and automotive industry. In his spare time he likes to hunt, fish, and work on anything that has an engine.
HVAC/R Department Head
Richard Shepherd has 27 years of experience in the HVAC/R industry, from residential and commercial installation and service experience, which helped him excel as a counter person, and later as a branch store manager of a Johnstone Supply wholesale supply store. He spent many years practicing customer service as a Territory Representative and Staff Manager for a large insurance company. Richard has dedicated his off time to volunteer services in a local church for twenty years as a Worship Team music composer, bass player, Youth Director, Children’s Church Director and Associate Pastor. Richard has been has been married for 17 years, and has five sons. Currently, as a HVAC/R Department Head and Instructor at Oklahoma Technical College, Richard brings accumulated knowledge and experience of professionalism and technical skills to the classroom settings to continue his lifelong dedication to helping people grow and are the best they can be. The result of Richard’s work is students being challenged to expand themselves into positions of preparation and self-discipline to achieve and handle success.
Welding Technology Department Head
Rod Riggs has 15 years’ experience in the Welding Field and retired from the US Navy after 20 years of service. During his 15 years of professional welding he has worked in multiple Fabrication Shops as well as field welding and most recently worked as a Cross Country Pipeline Rig Welder.
He is a current member of Local 798 Pipeliners Union as well as an executive board member of the Tulsa Section of the American Welding Society. Rod has an Associate of Science degree in Welding Technology and Industry Management from Oklahoma Technical College.
Rod is from Collinsville. He has identical twin sons who are both serving in the US Army. He just became a Grandfather for the first time after the birth of his grandson, enjoys the outdoors, and has a passion for welding even in his spare time.
Stephanie Holderman started working at Oklahoma Technical College in 2014. Stephanie has worked for career colleges for over 15 years. She has been an Admissions Representative for over 12 years.
Stephanie grew up in North Tulsa moved to Sand Springs where she met her husband. Their careers took them to Mustang, Oklahoma and then back to Tulsa. She loves sports and with 4 sons that grew up playing everything from baseball, basketball, football and even wrestling it’s a good thing she loves sports. She is a huge OKC Thunder fan and can get a little crazy about them…
Financial Aid Specialist and Veterans School Certifying Official
Mandy Goodnight started working for Community HigherEd in November 2013, equating to a total of 9 years of Financial Aid experience. She previously worked for Spartan College for six and a half years in the Financial Aid Department.
Mandy was born and raised in Tulsa, OK and has lived here her whole life, and has been married to her husband, Kevin, for almost two years. Mandy has a 12 year old daughter Madison who attends Union School and loves to cheer. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, watching Madison’s cheer squad and attending Grace Church!