Gordon Cooper Technology Center Hall of Fame inductees retired Superintendent Beth Little and former school board member Bob Trousdale, both of whom kept the best interest of students first in their decisions and policymaking every day.


Gordon Cooper Technology Center Hall of Fame inductees retired Superintendent Beth Little and former school board member Bob Trousdale, both of whom kept the best interest of students first in their decisions and policymaking every day.
Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Chief of Staff Bruce DeMuth told a large gathering during a recent induction ceremony that Little became superintendent of GCTC during a very difficult time marked by internal dissension. During her tenure she stabilized the school and enhanced the center’s performance and reputation. She expanded the school’s aviation maintenance campus and helped form the Tinker AFB Education Partnership. She also supervised construction of the Shawnee One-Stop Career Center that led to a national Magna Award for the school for innovation in workforce development.
Little served the school in a variety of capacities during her 21 years at GCTC.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Vice Chairman Linda Capps outlined the numerous accomplishments of former GCTC school board member Bob Trousdale. The Tecumseh businessman, tribal administrator and community leader worked to open the doors of opportunity for students from all walks of life during the decade he served on the school board. Bob Trousdale was instrumental in formation of the GCTC Education Foundation, worked to make the GCTC Early Care and Education center one of the best in the state, and helped expand opportunities for practical nursing classes in the evenings.
Rep. Shane Jett of Tecumseh presented legislative proclamations honoring both inductees and talked about his own experiences as a past GCTC student.
Last year’s GCTC Hall of Fame honorees were long-time school board member James Hargrove of Prague and former GCTC assistant superintendent and veteran retired educator Glenn Coursey.
The original honorees were founding GCTC Board of Education President Bill Weaver and founding Superintendent Dr. John C. Bruton, both of Shawnee.